The Woodshop Shed

adventures in woodworking and home maintenance, from my shop in an oversized backyard shed

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TV Cabinet

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TV CabinetPecan live edge top. Red oak facing and sides. Antique white, sanded down for distressed finish. Pecan door slats. Handmade barn door hardware made from sheet metal. Functional.



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Simple burned box

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Simple burned boxA fast and simple project I completed today. The box is very basic since I wanted to focus on my burning.
The box is maple and it is 5×7x3-1/2”.
I took the photos about an hour ago and I always email to existing customers that have provided me with their emails. Sold it fast. I now know what I will be working on this week…!



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Scented wax heater

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Scented wax heaterMy wife loves the scented wax heaters. This has been on my bucket list for awhile. Turned a piece of Douglas (Red) fir burl. Installed a candelabra base through a hole in the bottom and covered the cut out with tissue paper on the inside to diffuse the light.



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Keytar End Grain Cutting Board

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Keytar End Grain Cutting BoardI finished this board earlier this week. It's a little tweak on other piano boards I have seen. It is made with Maple, Cherry, and Walnut.I have to thank JL7 for all the math he did (and then shared) of his piano boardsYears ago I took what I learned from JL7 and started milling my lumber into enough blanks to make three piano boards. I had a lot to learn and this project taught me a whole lot about accuracy and checking my tools for square. I got so frustrated that I put the blanks in a box and it sat on a shelf until last week. I found the box and decided to give it another go. I was able to salvage enough usable blanks to make this board. I'm grateful for the lessons and I'm glad I didn't totally throw the project out because I think it's my most favorite piece that I've made.



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Five Seam Rippers

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 Five Seam RippersI got an order for a seam ripper at the last show so I bought 5 kits and used some different woods for a display at the next show. These are double ended rippers with a large and small cutter that reverse and store inside for safety. I used olive , pistachio, osage orange and 2 are rosewood they are finished with EEE polish and Shellawax



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Arts and Crafts Bed

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Arts and Crafts BedMy attempt at the Arts and Crafts bed, plans from Wood Magazine. It is the king size version in QSWO. The finish is mostly Jewett's Stickley Aurora recipe. One minor deviation from the plans…The plans call for buying a center support for the king size bed to prevent the slats/box springs from sagging in the middle due to the large width. It was a bit pricey for what it is and it apparently only supports one slat. Instead, I just built a rectangle out of 2×4's which just sits on the floor under the center of the bed. It supports the center 3 slats. It is visible in the pic with the happy client (my wife). A couple things I learned: 1)A King sized bed is huge, and heavy. Milling lumber that long and thick presents a few challenges. Fortunately I had a couple roller stands to help with the jointing and planing. 2) It is challenging to find QSWO of the necessary width (and grain) for some of the wider boards due to the nature of how the quarter logs are milled. I used a flat sawn board for the lower horizontal of the head board since it wont be visible. It was a lot of work but hopefully it will be worth it every time I sack out after a long day…...FOOTNOTE: I shared pictures of the bed with my elderly uncle and we were both quite surprised because as it turns out, he built the exact same bed in Queen size several years ago.



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Another Fund Raiser - Hot Rod Ford C Cab Farming Truck for our daughters school

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Another Fund Raiser - Hot Rod Ford C Cab Farming Truck for our daughters school Another Fund Raiser – Hot Rod Ford C Cab Farming Truck for our daughters school fair in October.Yes, dad was collared by number three to help out with her school fair with a Lollie Guessing Competition Truck.Of course I didn't mine helping out making a truck that'd hold a load of lollies [candy] for the school, thanks to the support and encouragement of folk on LJ's I've become more and more confident in scratch building wooden toy trucks.This truck is 550mm [21.5”] long x 180mm [7”] wide x 230mm [9”] high to the top of the exhaust stack.The back is 350mm [14”] x 150mm [6”] x 60mm [2.5”] so should hold a good amount making the guessing competition fun for all.I've used a mixture of Red Gum, Spotted Gum, Merbau, American Oak, Cypress Pine along with a few other bits & pieces. to build the truck.The finish is my homemade Wipe On Poly [30% Tung Oil, 40% Clear Stain Polyurethane, 30% Turps].The wheels are shop bought as are the furniture buttons for the other lights.A “THANK YOU” goes to LJ's members, for the “C Cab” pattern courtesy of Doug and the Ford Logo from Alex.A pleasing 35hour project which I'm sure some child will love for many years.



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posted at: 12:00am on 28-Sep-2019
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French Cleat Spring Clamp nesting trays

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French Cleat Spring Clamp nesting traysBuilt a french cleat clamp wall for over 200 clamps but had a very limited space so I nested things around each other as much as possible. Wanted the spring clamps to be nested into each other, but still be able to remove the trays of clamps and have them freestand wherever I need them. Finally figured out this design that does both.Lessons learned
- plywood is a pain (which I knew but somehow ignored), next time I'll use solid woodl
- should have made the trays slightly wider. Turns out the grey clamps are a bit wider than the others, so they have to be in the top slot, dont' fit in the lower slots.



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HIDDEN TREASURE IN A NEIGHBORS GLIDER

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HIDDEN TREASURE IN A NEIGHBORS GLIDERNeighbor asked if the heavily painted and weathered wood could be saved since this glider was his wife's grandfathers. (Wish I had taken before pictures but things moved along rather quickly after the discovery.) He had no idea of what type of wood was underneath. It had spent a long time in the back of their garage covered up. He didn't want to invest a lot of money in reconditioning it but did want to see what it would take. And maybe surprise his wife with it along the way.After running all 15+ slats through my thickness planner, I found that the wood was TEAK! And salvageable. . . SURPRISED to say the least. He was going to scrap it thinking it was just pine or some other inexpensive wood but after this discovery, he commissioned a full scale restoration. Do whatever it takes to bring it back! were his marching orders.Did a lot of research on gliders to see if any of the bushings, spacers, etc. could still be purchased. Much to my surprise, most of them could. The few I couldn't find, I made. Learned a lot about gliders from the late 1930's along the way. Seems the use of Teak wasn't that uncommon back then according to a few sources I spoke with. I guess there is quite a demand for older lawn furniture, especially the metal kind.After quite a lot of sanding, filling, and straightening, it all came together rather nicely even if I do say so myself. My neighbor and his wife were extremely happy with the fruits of my labor and this glider is now back in full service. . . Poolside! ;-)



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"View of a Small Old Town "

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"View of a Small Old Town "This is an intarsia project where I've used about 24 different wood species. It shows a view from the inside of a room, from an open (but moveable window). The city is a small Brazilian old town called Ouro Preto, that means Black Gold, in Portuguese. Each massive piece of the city view was individually scroll-sawn, and sculpted, in order to be interlocked with no voids to compose the complete view, where no process was used to change the original colors of the wood species. The main part contains about 3,500 parts.



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Give me 3 phase or give me death - Rotary Phase Converter

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Give me 3 phase or give me death - Rotary Phase ConverterAnother project completed on Mainiac time, as the original rotary phase converter (RPC) plan was drafted and the metal stand fabricated in 2004. But after I scored a used 3 HP single phase TS my need to run a salvaged industrial three phase machine was no more.Enter 2019 and I've started working on a home brew bandsaw mill project, that will be driven by a three phase electric motor and I had to blow the dust off of the RPC build and figure out where I stood.The motor, the metal for the stand, the control box and the motor contactors, fuse block, terminal block and switches were all industrial salvage. The only out of pocket cost to me was paying my bud to weld up the stand, the twist plugs and the capacitors…. All totaled I have ~$80 into this…. and a lot of hours. (similar size converters purchased new run about $1K)If anyone wants to take on a project like this, I highly recommend doing a mock-up and bench test on a plywood panel, as this helps your figure out where to place the components and where you can make connections.Shown running a 5 HP vacuum blower on the bench. Phase Voltages are balanced to within +/- 2 volts when under load.There is one mystery wood component in this build to qualify it as a project post….. a cork gasket on the motor box.:^)



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Sawhorses that are a good alternative to a workbench

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Sawhorses that are a good alternative to a workbenchI got tired of those flimsy plastic sawhorses bouncing around when trying to work on them and no really good way to clamp anything down to them. So I built this pair of Sawhorses. They are a good alternative to work on when you don't have a proper bench to work on.
If you are interested in seeing how they are built watch the videoThanks for watching
Brian Benham Custom Furniture



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Garage Storage Cabinets

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Garage Storage CabinetsGot tired of everything on my garage shelves getting covered with dust from my workshop, so I built some new enclosed storage cabinets to solve the problem. I used 3/4 plywood for the carcass and shelves of the individual cabinets and built their doors using 3/4x4 cedar for the frames with 1/4 x 4 pine tongue and grove centers for an overall rustic appearance. The overall dimensions are 12' 2 wide x 6' high consisting of four 36 wide x 15 deep individual cabinets. Each of the cabinets are individually anchored to the wall then screwed together. One of the cabinets, where we keep our winter golf jackets, clothing, etc. is lined with aromatic eastern red cedar closet tongue and grove planks (smells great).



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Edge & End Cutting Boards

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Edge & End Cutting BoardsI've been getting ready for our annual 3 day show https://www.atwoodfallfest.org and knee deep in saw dust for a couple months.
I'm pretty sure that when someone ( even me ) says that they are using up scrap and cut offs for projects, they failed to mention that it takes twice as much planning and preparation to make some of it work. The easiest use of cut offs for me is cutting boards and here are a few that probably won't last too long.
Picture #1 and #2 are deliberate planning edge grain boards and not scrap
Picture #3 is left over edge grain from several planned boards
Picture $4 is a multitude of egde grain cut offs
Picture $5 is edge grain cut offs
Picture #6 is edge grain cut offsThanks for looking



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Cutting board with graving

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Cutting board with gravingHello everybody. Today I want to expose to view new work - cutting board . I decided to make the classic version. For boards used ash and oak. I used laser graver



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Outdoor Work Bench and Assembly Table

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Outdoor Work Bench and Assembly TableWith such a small workshop I do a lot of work outside on my roof top, Over the years I have generally had temporary benches built from scrap, sometimes found on a rubbish pile. The elements are extremely hard in Hong Kong and the outdoor benches never last long but serve their purpose.For those reasons I didn't want to invest much time or money in a new bench, I came up with this made wholly from 5 / 2.4 meter 230×40 mm pine planks. The slats on the lower part where old mass produced bed slats I,d found on a rubbish heap. They also exposed doweled into place.Its no work of art but it is interesting in the fact that it dose not have ANY screws or nails. Its wholly constructed using dowel clamp and glue joinery. Some dowels exposed some hidden.The top was simply doweled planks and then exposed dowel secured to the frame. All finished with lovely oil based decking oil for durability.Some pics of the construction along with the predecessor bench that is completely rotten(it served me well though).
Oh, the whole build, start to finish including one coat of oil was a total of 12 hours work.Thanks for reading.
Anth



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Spinning Top Challenge

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Spinning Top ChallengeOur turners guild has put up a challenge for October for the longest spinning top so I thought I get started early.
This was made out of a couple pieces of wood I found in the wood room and I'm not sure if it was rosewood or not. I used a respirator for the whole process just in case.The top is 3 1/2” in diameter and 3 1/2” high. It has a stainless steel pin in the bottom for a bearing.The launcher is 1 3/8” in diameter and 7 1/2” long. They are finished with EEE and Shellawax.I originally had a 3/8 shaft but it broke while I was turning the stainless point..so I glued in a 1/2” shaft and finished it.I spins for 5 min 15 seconds on my old workbench.cheers, Jim



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Sawbench (It has pockets!)

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Sawbench (It has pockets!)This is my sawbench. With it, I am well pleased.Yes, it is already dented, dinged and dirty. I had to put it to work before I even finished finishing it. But they're not called “display benches” or “look-pretty benches,” now are they?Parts were cut to length and ripped to width on the tablesaw. Everything else was done entirely by hand. Those are the third set of dovetails I've ever cut. I am very pleased with how they came out. Are they as tight as Rob Cosman's? No. Are they rock solid? Oh heck yes.



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Wedding Keepsake box

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Wedding Keepsake boxThis is a wedding gift just completed for my niece who is getting married this weekend.Cherry box about 12×8 x 5. Box joint corners with inlay of walnut and maple on the top. Lined with leather. Brasso hinges and latch. Finished with shellac and satin poly on the outside faces only.Two learnings for me this project:1. Inlay, which was fun and tedious. I used a jewelers saw here. I think the big take-away here was the idea of edge gluing all the pieces to make a thin sheet. I don't know what I'm doing so I just sort of plodded along until it came out looking alright. Many destroyed pieces. Super glue is a friend, but as an initial effort, I think it came out looking all right.2. Finishing. Lots of trial and error here for the final coat. But then hey, rub it out with steel wool and paste wax. Wow, why didn't I try this earlier? Smooth and flat! Really happy with that.My wife thinks the intertwined hearts need to be explained. Please tell me it's more obvious than that.Thanks for looking



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Workbench

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WorkbenchJust a fairly simple workbench made of Home Depot 2×6's & a little cherry accent pieces.



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September 11 Tribute Flag

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September 11 Tribute FlagSo this was a heavy build, both literally and figuratively. Literally because it weighs about 30 pounds and will need a thick screw to hold it on the wall. Figuratively because…

The Heavy:

I have lived my entire life in Queens, NY. I was in college in 2001 in Brooklyn. From the roof of my school building I saw the towers after they were attacked but before they fell, then from across the Brooklyn Heights Promenade I saw downtown in a cloud of the thickest smoke imaginable in a world that changed forever.Then came the flurry of missing persons and funerals including what would eventually come to include 343 firefighters.

The Light:

Recently I have been making rustic style American Flags. They have been pretty popular and I have made a bit of extra money selling them. Like a bunch of people here I have been hoping to start a little woodworking business so I have been posting my builds on Facebook and Instagram (angelo.builds) and occasionally a friend or family member will repost them.Some more Heavy:
The widow of FDNY Firefighter Raymond York reached out to me saying that she saw one of the flags I had made (thanks to my aunt for reposting) and asked if I could make one to honor her husband Raymond. She had reached out to an online shop to get one made previously but when she mentioned the elements she wanted; his shield, 'In Memory Of' and his name they could not come to terms. She sent me a picture of his shield and I said I could do it. I was hoping I actually could do it, but truthfully I wasn't sure.Back to Light:
It took a bit of planning to decide how to lay it out. Would the laser run for as long as it would take to do the shield and lettering? Eight hours later that question was answered. What would be the best way to go from the flag side to the red color side where the engraving will rest, I decided to go with a dark deep burn with a torch. I also decided to frame it out just because it adds so much to the look.Last bit of Heavy:
Since I was making this flag I had to know at least a bit about the man himself. Being stationed in Queens, NY and on light duty due to an injury he should not have even been in harms way. His light duty that day had him at Rockefeller Center doing a fire safety exhibition. For those unfamiliar with Manhattan that is in midtown about 4-5 miles north of the World Trade Center. Once he learned what happened he hitched a ride on a news van then an emergency service vehicle to what would be known as ground zero. The next morning his body was recovered. He was buried on September 15, 2001 as one of the 343.Sometimes I feel like through my woodworking I have been a part of some wonderful things. Whenever someone asks me to make a birthday or wedding gift or a prize for a raffle I get to be a small part of someones life, and in some cases it is a very honored position. I don't think I have ever been more honored to make something than I was when I was making this.If anyone is curious this is Raymond York.



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Shut The Box, Living room game

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Shut The Box, Living room gameThis project was inspired by lumberjock duckmilks project seen here,A simple dice game called shut the box, Made with three species, Walnut and Ash for the base and the superstructure and number pegs from Oak. Once again I like to show off the end grains.Made from 51 pieces of wood, 60 dowels, some threaded rod, washers and nuts.
The middle pieces cross halve jointed and the ends doweled. The base laminated with dowels and simply glued and nailed to the superstructure. The numbers traced in pencil from a plastic stencil then hand burnt engraved in.Finished with Danish oil and signature hot branded on the underneath.
Below some pics of the construction stage.
Thanks for reading.Kind Regards
Anthony



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3D cutting board

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3D cutting boardSO I've been gone a while. Had my tools in one house, living in another and so much more. But I won't bore you with that. I started building some 3D cutting boards, please enjoy



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Dining Table

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Dining TableJust finished my dining table. Solid mahogany. The legs are glued mahogany from 50+ year old pallets from Central America (mostly)—the top & bottom boards, of the pallets, were made from mahogany with oak stringers. There are no metal fasteners – the joinery is mortise & tenon with wedged dowels. The reason the legs and apron are laying in two pieces is because I made them 4” too narrow. Someone said you can tell good work by how well the mistakes are repaired – there are no pefect pieces – if they don't have repairs, they likely should have. I was very happy with the repaired apron width.



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Walnut and Copper Beer Caddy

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Walnut and Copper Beer CaddyI build this walnut and copper beer caddy for a beer enthusiast neighbor who did my son a big favor. Fun, easy project.I've uploaded a build video here:https://youtu.be/7x_NxMMkKYIThanks for looking.Cheers,Paul



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Cherry Twin Size Bed

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Cherry Twin Size BedTwin size cherry bed used dominos and pocket screws for the bed rail mounting. Only glued one side of the biscuit so the bed can be broken down if need be. Finished with danish oil. Thanks for looking.



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I Like This Wish It Was My Idea

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I Like This Wish It Was My IdeaOkay, not really, not my idea, but I didn't come up with it. I saw it in an email I subscribe to from “Wood Magazine” on “Woodworking Tips and Ideas” or something like that. Anyway, a while back I did some upgrades to my table saw to mainly make it safer and more convenient to use. It included making a new fence rail for it because I added an extension to the right side of the saw. The fence rail is a piece of 2” x 3” steel tube. The original rail had plastic covers to cover the ends of the tube, but they did not fit my new rail. This Tip from Wood Mag. was perfect. Make a little slide out drawer that fits into the tube. It is a nice little pencil box…. I am always looking for a pencil when I am using the saw….. I love this!!Now I will make one for the other end. It will hold my tools I need to change my zero clearance inserts, splitters and blade on the table saw..



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Carved Wood Bowl

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Carved Wood BowlThis is a bowl I carved in 1965 in wood shop class, when I was 13. The bottom is mahogany, the top is (I think) white pine. Finished with nitrocellulose lacquer that has yellowed beautifully in the intervening 54 years. The outside was band saw cut and the inside of course took some chisels. I'll be dogged if I could tell anyone anything about those chisels, though! It has a few dents in it, due to having been used a bit.ETA: A side view, though it's a bit dark.



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Lonely Walnut Bowl

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Lonely Walnut BowlI made this bowl for my friend Roger, the wood cutter. He is always cutting trees up into firewood and he saved 8 walnut logs for me so I made this out of the first ones I processed. I made 8 bowl blanks out of 2 logs and I turned this one right away and it warped but did not crack. It is 5 3/4” x 6” and 2 1/2” high. It is finished with Danish oil and clear lacquer and then buffed and waxed.I call it the lonely bowl because I took 7 blanks to school and none of the kids touched them for 3 days and they all cracked so I scrapped them all. From now on I'll rough out 4 bowls right way and then take them to school after they dry a bit. I wanted them to get the feeling of cutting green wood instead of that dry stuff they use all the time.Cheers, Jim



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Carving Calligraphy

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Carving CalligraphyThis is one project I started last year and now finished as I am preparing to attend a craft fair next month.
The letters and frame parts are hand carved walnut and cherry and the backer board is poplar. I like the color combination and plan on using it on other projects. To darken the walnut I used Beliens walnut wood filler, then I finished the letters with 1 coat of shellac, detailed sanded, then oiled with linseed and then waxed with beeswax/linseed mix.
The backer board is unfinished.



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Another Mug

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Another MugI made this mug and pen out of Zebrawood for my niece which is her favorite wood. It's finished with epoxy inside and out.



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Chess table

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Chess tableEnd grain chessboard, Purple Heart and white oak board routered into a butcher block slab. Base is poplar stained dark and slab with board is coated with linseed oil.



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A Bowl

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A Bowl4699 4691 4700 4690 4696 4692A bit of my Silver Maple.This Thing was on my lathe for more than week. I hate it when that happens. I got so hung up about the finishing, because I had so much trouble sanding it to my liking. It happens a lot. Even with pens, sometimes.Anyhow, I finished it today. Just now.And, another thing. I mixed some of thisinto WOP, on the outside. I really expected to see more pearlescence in it. It says right there on the jars, “Pearlex.” And it looked very Pearly mixed into the WOP. I don't know. Maybe I'll try it with resin, sometime. Something to do with the suspension of the pearly stuff in the vehicle, I'm thinking. I finished the inside and the bottom by simply sanding to 600, and hitting it with YG.For all the disappointment I feel in the finish, still, you gotta dig that spalting, huh?And, here's what else I did.Yeah. I signed it. For what it's worth.Thank you. And, I apologize.



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Toy wooden block hauler

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Toy wooden block haulerA little recreational woodworking. We're having a one year old spend the weekend with us. I made wooden toys for his father (my nephew) when he was a kid, so I thought I'd revive the tradition. Primarily made of 1/2” alder, with a mahogany cab, padouk wheels and a dozen 2” birch blocks. The truck is finished with Deft Semi-Gloss lacquer. The blocks with General Finishes Wood Bowl Finish.



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Walnut Roubo Workbench

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Walnut Roubo WorkbenchHi, this is my recently completed walnut roubo workbench. I didn't originally plan on making a workbench out of such extravagant wood, but i got lucky. I happened across a craigslist post for a few old walnut beams. When I went out to see them they were in pretty rough condition, having sat outside under tin for a few decades. I took a chance and in the end they cleaned up well and for a price less than what i'd spend on a comparable ash or maple bench. I did have to epoxy a few major checks and dig out enough nails and lag screws to build a small treehouse but that was part of the fun.



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Commissioned Chess Boards I've made over the last year

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Commissioned Chess Boards I've made over the last yearIt's been awhile since I posted on here, so I've uploaded 6 projects at once. Found a nice little niche market sort of for chess boards. All but one of these were commissioned for me to make for someone. The collaboration process is kind of fun. I welcome all constructive feedback y'all can give, as I'm always trying to improve on things.



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Cedar Tatami bed

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Cedar Tatami bedI'm brand new to woodworking (I'd only made one thing, a picture frame, prior to this project) so this was definitely a case of biting off more than I could chew. Not only in terms of skills required, but also in terms of overall time to complete. I worked on this thing every spare minute I had for around 5 weeks. I estimate roughly 60 hours of effort. At times it really felt like it would never end. Not what I expected with my I was putting together this “simple” design! I had long term plans to build a fancier bed, but the arrival (or probably more accurately, the first sighting) of some brown recluse spiders in my house suddenly motivated me to stop sleeping on the floor :) The concept was to make a bed with cedar lumber that I could get at the local big box the same day (because you know, this should be a 4-5 hour project tops so I can't possibly wait a few days to get lumber from out of town). I also wanted to avoid using any fasteners or glue. At this point I'm not even sure why I wanted to avoid fasteners, as it should have been obvious to me that this contradicted my “quick and easy” goals.Anyway, in the end it was a great learning opportunity. I enjoyed using a marking knife and gauge for the first time, the precision is really appeals to my OCD. Unfortunately, the 2×8's cupped on me halfway through the project so all my early attempts and producing zero-gap joints ended up with me doing hours of chiseling and sanding to allow things to actually fit together. In the end, everything fits very snugly and requires some gentle mallet nudges, but there are still visible gaps. Kind of weird, but I'm 16” above the spiders now and that's what really counts ;)I also really enjoyed using a Japanese saw for the first time. My table saw couldn't cut deep enough for notching the 6×6 timbers, but it produced a great guide to allow the saw to track the remainder of the line nicely. And the Dewalt planer really impressed me with how quickly it turned those fuzzy 6×6s into smooth-as-glass 5.75×5.75s. Can't imagine trying to do that by hand!I finished it with Watco Danish oil and let it cure for about 5 days before moving it into my room. Still kind of stinks but hopefully it's past the toxic off-gassing stage at this point. Feels really good to have it done and surprisingly I'm ok with its flaws (I'm sure in the future I'll be less tolerant of such things, but for now it's easy to justify as necessary to learning).Thanks for looking!



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Inspired

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InspiredWhile cruising around on Sunday, I came across this plain, but really nice, 1955 Chevy 210 model. I was “driven” to make something.Woods: Western Red Cedar, White Oak and Cherry.Backer: Luaun plywood.Frame: Poplar.Finish: Natural Danish Oil.



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Views in the new shop

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Views in the new shopFinally getting it together; it only took a year, but there were other priorities.Got the cabinets finished and installed, clamps hung, everything out of the boxes. Still need to get the lathe assembled and a stand built for it.Great environment; AC and heat which were missing in the previous shop. Have a sink (!!) that supports a coffee pot. Epoxy floor. 2 closets.Plenty of light with 12 4000 lumen fixtures – 48,000 lumens !! Its bright!Ready to make sawdust!



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Tv wall unit

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Tv wall unitTv wall unit made from plans in wood magazine. The plans had barn doors but we opted for no doors because we wanted the shelves to show all the time. I just made some trim for the top to change it a bit. The plans also used oak which would have been nice. I used pine, plywood and varathane kona gel stain.
This is a nice project and budget friendly with wood we chose compared to the price for a wall unit this size.
Happy building!!



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How to Make a Disc Sander- DIY 12 inch Disc Sander

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How to Make a Disc Sander- DIY 12 inch Disc SanderVideo making the disc sander.



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Compact router table

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Compact router tableI built a compact router table for my Bosch trim router. The plans are from Woodsmith shop using 1/2” Baltic Birch plywood. I saw them build it on their tv show so I thought about giving it a try. I made my own knobs for the t-track bolts. It works well and folds up to make it very compact. It supplies space for storage of the router bits and fence.



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Display case for my wooden models

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Display case for my wooden models Gents, it has been a long time since I posted anything so this should make up for lost time. I decided to make a cabinet for all my models (my daughter calls them my tonka toys). The cabinet is made out of pine 3/4” boards with piano hinges on the doors. The size is 8' long and 54” tall. I used 1/4” plexi glass for the doors and side windows. Each shelf is a different height by 1 to 2”. Then I used my harbor freight hvlp gun and sprayed it with 4 coats of high gloss polyurethane and sanded with 320 grit in between coats. I have plenty of room for more tonka toys. Lol. Well enjoy the pictures and tell me what you think.
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Stiletto Band Saw Box

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Stiletto Band Saw BoxI enjoyed making this Stiletto shoe band saw box. My own design. It's about 5 inches high and made from cedar and maple, and walnut drawer fronts.



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Moxon Vise on the cheap

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Moxon Vise on the cheapI was wanting to learn how to make dovetail joints and get some practice. I asked LJ what type of vise would fit my basic workbench and that is where I first heard of a Moxon Vise. Not wanting to invest a huge amount of money on a learning project I settled on the following. All ideas are from others and none are my own but it worked out.Two Gold's Gym dumbbells $7.95 ea.
One nice maple board $65.00
A couple of 2×8 frome Depot $ ???(not much)
Four 3/4” bench dogs from Woodcraft $15 (I can't remember if that is per pair)Anyway I had gotten a jointer on the cheap $150 and was itching to try out my new planer so I gave it a go. Finished it today and only have two unfinished items. 1) Cut a bevel between the two dog holes on the front jaw to make room for the saw on half blind dovetails. 2) what finish if any to put on it (seeking input here).Thank to all for the suggestions here at LJ on this project….my first!



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Trophy Buck Wall Clock

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Trophy Buck Wall ClockPattern is from the Complete Guide to Making Wooden Clocks (3rd Edition). The clock is made from cherry and Baltic birch plywood. The clock mechanism is from Klockit.



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New Cabinet for my SawStop

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New Cabinet for my SawStopI made a cabinet from Baltic Birch to hold my SawStop JobSite saw. It was always my intent to eventually go to a cabinet, and I probably should have just bought one of the bigger saws, but that isn't how it worked out. I bought an Incra table saw fence many years ago from member Loren, and finally put it to use on this cabinet. I also welded up a structure to hold the fence, and aligned it to the saw. I can cut a piece of wood and have it within .001” from one end to the other, for the distance I will ever use (about 2 feet). This freed up enough floor space in my minuscule “shop” space that I could almost get the entire structure in the picture with my cell phone. First project off this setup forthcoming.



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Coffee Filter Box

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Coffee Filter BoxOK, cheesy, but what the hay. I wanted to make a box to hold the filters for my little coffee maker using my new saw cabinet setup, instead of leaving them on the counter in the plastic bag. Red oak cut in a large box joint “ala Greene and Greene”. The bottom of the box is a piece of 1/8” Baltic Birch plywood. Finished with Minwax “Golden Oak” stain and Minwax water based spar varnish. I WAS going to use amber shellac spray, but it doesn't appear to be available here in my town. I finished it before assembling it, and had to put it together with clamps due to there being an interference fit with the parts. I guess that's an Incra precision issue, which I'll keep in mind for next time. The edges are just chamfered, as I was trying for a pretty rustic look, so what appears to be gaps where the pieces join are just chamfers. It's tight as a drum at the joints. The handle for the lid is a simple drawer pull from LOWES.



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Curly walnut and resin end table

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Curly walnut and resin end tableHad a gnarly piece of walnut laying around for quite some time so I finally decided to use it for a little end table.



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Walnut Saw Blade Table

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Walnut Saw Blade TableI picked up this 36” wide industrial lumbermill sawblade in rural Oregon two years ago with the general theory of making some kind of table. The ideas were percolating, just waiting for the right time and impetus. Walnut seemed the right choice. The blade is embedded in the wood. Steel screws were placed in the table leg edges and heads ground down to appear worn. I kept the steel blade raw and untreated, hoping to emphasize its rough texture and rust against the polished, smooth wood. The legs are meant to mimic the shape of the saw teeth. This table will join five other items I made in a local art museum exhibit. Special thanks to friend Nick for his CNC mad skills.



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Rainbow poplar and African black wood

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Rainbow poplar and African black woodI didn't feel like making a tenon so I left the blank on the screw chuck and turned away. 5.5 inch wide and about seven inches to top of finial.



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TV Table (opened up)

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TV Table (opened up)Here is the TV table opened up to show the movable shelves for DVD storage.



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TV table

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TV tableMade this for my son. He needed a table for his TV and storage for 5 feet of DVDs. The doors slide out and each have 3 shelves; top shelf is fixed in place but the bottom two shelves slide out to make reading the titles easier. And there's some hidden storage behind each of the doors.



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Figured Maple bowl

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Figured Maple bowlI picked up this piece of heavily figured maple In Portland, Oregon about four years ago and finally turned something out of it. It has a lot of curl and burliness to it. I stupidly paid by the pound. I probably brought the circular piece of wood down to about 1/4 of its original size. The inside got pretty deep and was narrow so that made things start to catch on the inside. It is quite beautiful though. Finished it with wax and oil.



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The General

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The GeneralI really like the look and feel of the General, it has a longer better shaped boiler to my eye.
Was a fun build, made with birch and a touch a oak.
I used Narm Marshall's toy book plans to get the shape then went off and used a little Toys and Joys and the General at Gatto is in there too.
Always have fun filling the cab with doodads, following the ideas I got from Ducky. :=]

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Toddler Beds

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Toddler BedsMy twin grandchildren have turn 3 years old and needed a change to their cribs. So I finished step two to the crib design and made the changeable front to make toddler beds. I think they turned out pretty nice.



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DIY Cornhole Boards

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DIY Cornhole BoardsBuilding these popular DIY cornhole boards was a lot of fun and it only took few hours to make. Staining and painting probably took longer than building it. Our kids love playing it, although they don't necessarily follow the rules and just make up their own.Most of the cornhole set you buy on Amazon are made from plywood. I used plywood to make it sturdier and so that bags would not bounce up when hitting the board. Also, knowing my 8 year old son, after he gets bored playing cornhole, he'll make a bike ramp out of it. So in my case, the boards need to withstand the bikes as well.Also, if anyone is interested in scoreboard for the game, I have free plans available too.Visit our website for more info and printable PDF download TheDIYPlan



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Quickie fireplace

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Quickie fireplace4”x12” white oak timber mantel with simple flat panel surround.



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Drunking Cutting Boards

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Drunking Cutting BoardsHave been looking at some Drunken Cutting Boards by some of our LJs, ( Most recently Salty and BobWemm ), and decided to give it a try. These are more difficult than my usual ones which made them a good challenge. I had some scrap Walnut and some Maple that had a lot of grain character, so decided on these. Kept them pretty simple for my first time but plan on doing others with more pieces etc. They are 12 X 16 inches and 3/4 inches thick. Treated with Mineral Oil and Bee Wax mixture.



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Out feed / Work table

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Out feed / Work tableRecently replaced my cabinet saw with a FELDER sliding table saw and needed to build a new outfeed table. Decided I wanted it to be a multi-purpose table that would incorporate storage of many of my Festool Systainers. I am very pleased with how it turned out as the design was ever changing as I built it.



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Lathe Stand

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Lathe StandNeeded a stand for a new lathe. The legs are angled in at 5 degrees with storage on the front, sides and back. The gap in the top shelf is to allow the lathe motor to breathe.



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Scrapwood awl

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Scrapwood awlThis tool making is getting to be quite fun. I decided to make an awl for a friend of mine. I had some left over scraps from the Mallet Swap and glued up a blank and turned this one for him



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3 Piece Shop Sign

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3 Piece Shop SignMy neighbor is the maintenance supervisor at Allaire State Park and brought me some 4/4 rough sawn oak so I cut, planed and carved out the letters with my Rockler letter templates then filled the letters with yellow tinted epoxy, I also carved out recesses for the patches then coated them with more clear epoxy.



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Back at making more frames

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Back at making more framesI enjoy making frames – the challenge of the miters along with the ability to complete in a shorter time span (compared to big furniture type projects) is nice. Plus frames make nice gifts. First three were for here at home. Last couple are for others. All are walnut. They all have keyhole slots for hanging.Well, except for the small one where I used some corners to make a stand (miters were beyond a challenge so glue helped to fill in the gaps)Edit: one more – this one is from hickory



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Outdoor Barn Style Doors

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Outdoor Barn Style DoorsI was asked to build some doors for an outdoor patio bar and grill area. The costumer wanted them red and distressed for aged look. Made from 1×4 and 1×12 with tong and grove.



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Outdoor T.V. Enclosure

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Outdoor T.V. EnclosureI was asked to build an enclosure for a outdoor T.V. Little dark on the stain however still came out well. Calculating the gas shocks size and pressure needed was a challenge. I also Googled some information on standard screen sizes and went up by two sizes.All in all I think it came out well.Built with 2×4 and 2×6's with a tongue and grove bit set.



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Pew Repurpose restoral

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Pew Repurpose restoralThis was a 50 year old pew which was 9' long and I fully disassembled and wanted to remove all the white paint. I also wanted to reshape the end sections and place a rounded look on the back. After cutting the edges and lots of sanding and removing over 100 material staples it was ready for reassembly and staining.The before picture is picture four above which was at start of disassembly …My wife selected old mahogany stain and it gave it an old look. Will try to insert some of the build pics also …...



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Mailbox

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MailboxWe replaced our dilapidated, plastic mailbox with this handmade version.



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Electric Oreo

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Electric Oreo Having a lot of fun building home made string instruments generically referred to as cigar box guitars. Others have used the Oreo design on small projects. I decided to upsize it to make a body for this four string electric guitar. Used a cNc to make the body.



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Mortising machine modification

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Mortising machine modificationI modified my benchtop mortising machine to make it a little more user friendly. I added a cross slide vise to the base, and did away with the finicky work holding setup that came with the machine. Since the vise raised the height at which the workpiece is held, I had to add a spacer block between the base and the upright to ensure proper clearance. Since my mods were made out of baltic birch plyWOOD, I guess this “project” qualifies to be posted here. I want to say that this was not my own brilliant idea. It was a tip sent in to Fine Woodworking by a subscriber (John Jory), and published in their February 2005 issue. The cross slide vise I used is a super cheap Chinese POS, but it is adequate for the purpose. If I were doing a lot of mortising, I would probably invest in a better model vise, or maybe even a floor stand mortiser. But for my hobby shop, this is really enough.



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New 7 layers scroll saw pattern

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New 7 layers scroll saw patternMy last 7 layers scroll saw pattern
Size 21*21 cm
Pattern link here
https://www.etsy.com/listing/734616521#egwoodmade pattern
After finishing it I get an idea to paint it with rainbow colours so I will make another one
And finish it with rainbow colours



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Intarsia Rooster Weathervane

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Intarsia Rooster Weathervane Meet my funky Intarsia Rooster Weathervane! You can read the blog (complete with photos) depicting the 'idiosyncrasies of funky' … from its inception back in April of 2017 to fruition!!Thanks for taking a peek!



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Swivel & fold dining table

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Swivel & fold dining tableA friend gave me a few rough cut boards of red oak, so I need to find something to do with them. I didn't need another table, but decided I would try building this one. The most part the construction is simple, it took a little think to establish the swivel point and where to locate the stops. The most difficult part of the construction was the mortising of the 4 Soss hinges. I cooked up a couple of simple templates that helped, but if I was doing it again I would spend more time making better templates.It turned out that my son needed a new kitchen table just as I finished it, so the table quickly found a home.



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Pillar and Scroll Clock

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Pillar and Scroll ClockThis is a reproduction Eli Terry – Pillar and Scroll Clock. The case is new and the original wooden movement and dial date back to the early 1820's. The tablet is “Emoglise” painted or reverse painted with a gold leaf boarder. Wood for the case is Sapelle from South America which closely simulates old growth Mahogany.
The last picture shows the wooden movement.



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Push blocks for the jointer

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Push blocks for the jointerThese push blocks are easy to make, 3.5×6 and 4×12, with the handles glued on and a cleat glued to the bottom of the long one. Then I glued some carpet pad to the bottom of the small one.



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Mini Foot Locker

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Mini Foot LockerMade a jig just to do these box corners. for the box and tray.



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Aromatic cedar chest

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Aromatic cedar chestI have built several of these, just finished this one for my friends granddaughter. Engraved her name in the lid with my xcarve cnc machine using a 60 degree bit. Love making these if for nothing else but the aroma you get when working with cedar.



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Bandsaw box

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Bandsaw boxLove making these. Never make the same one twice.



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White oak live edge table and bench

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White oak live edge table and benchI really enjoy working with live edge lumber. My son is buying his first house I built this for his kitchen hopefully for years of use.



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Fractal Figure Plaque

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Fractal Figure PlaqueThis is a gift for the retired dentist that sold me all the walnut of my upcoming projects.
He had never heard of fractal burning on wood so I thought I'd give him a sample on piece of his walnut that was a cut off from one of the boards.It is 3/4” thick and 4 1/2” x 10” and finished with satin lacquer. The fractal pattern was inlaid with turquoise paint because it is too dark to show up on walnut…like you can see on the back of the board.cheers, Jim



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Purple Heart, Ambrosia maple and Cherry end table

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Purple Heart, Ambrosia maple and Cherry end tableThe top is Purple Heart, legs are cherry and the bracing is ambrosia maple. 2 coats of clear poly for the finish.



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Teenage Grandaughter's Dream & Will You Build it "Grandpaw"

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 Teenage Grandaughter's Dream & Will You Build it "Grandpaw"My granddaughter Jaylen wanted a framed mirror with shelves on each side to dance in front of, sit and put makeup on, and store girl stuff. This is what I came up with: sides are made out of 3/4” furniture grade plywood, Poplar shelves mounted in dato's, 3/4” MDF mirror frame, trimmed in Poplar, put together with pocket hole screws and painted white. It's a little over around 5' tall. Mounted to the wall in 3 sections and then trimmed out as 1 unit.She had a sleep over Friday night and my daughter would occasionally go in and check on them and found all 5 in one form or another looking, dancing, talking, brushing, smiling, laughing, giggling in the mirror all night. Thats teenagers for you, as for me, I still don't know who that old bald guy is who keeps looking back in the mirror. You and I both know this project isn't a masterpiece, but my Granddaughter thinks it is, and that's what makes the old man happy.Thanks for looking, Joe



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Honey Do's

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Honey Do'sNo marquetry here. These are a couple of Q&D pergolas that I built for my beloved's yard makeover project. The pergolas themselves are just pressure treated material but the gates are really nice yellow cedar. My shop still smells great.
The sign is an old one that I carved for our previous gate years ago with new paint and gold leaf (artificial).Thanks for looking.Paul



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Red Cedar Bowls

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Red Cedar BowlsTwo bowls from a Red Cedar Burl. Finished with boiled linseed oil and wipe on poly. 10.25” D X 4.5” H. The cored bowl is 8” D X 2.75” H.



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Farmhouse Table

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Farmhouse TableI made the table using 2×8 yellow pine. I used a friend's festool domino to make the glue up go smoother. The stain is Watco Dark Walnut and finish is minwax wipe on poly satin. I used dominos and dowels to attach the breadboard ends. I enlongated the holes on the outside for the dowels to allow for wood movement.



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Standing Cabinet

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Standing CabinetI always wanted to build a Krenov-style standing cabinet but needed something larger for practical storage. The carcase is 3/4 birch plywood with a PSA-backed ash veneer and trimmed with 1/4 walnut. The doors are 3/4 walnut, assembled with pocket screws, with 1/4 plywood panels finished with ash veneer. I constructed the base with mortises made with a plunge router and my homemade mortising jig and loose tenons. I glued up some of the 22 degree waste pieces from the crown to make the door handles, gave them a nice flare. I had a little snafu with the veneer though. I have used PSA-backed peel and stick veneer multiple times but for some reason this time it bubbled up (probably because I did not apply a sealer first). Since I had already applied the trim, I ended up using a router and flat bit to skim off the veneer and glued in panels of 1/8 HDF with new veneer. Overall I very happy with the proportions of this piece and how it turned out.



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Multi-Media/Video Cabinet

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Multi-Media/Video Cabinet Mrs. Fleamo wanted a new TV stand/cabinet for our family room. She bought me a nice HD 70 last Christmas so I had to oblige. She wanted to hide the shiny black speakers since we only use them for movies and they collect dust like some woodworkers collect planes. The faux drawers are held in by rare earth magnets. All home made with the exception of the fasteners, hinges and hardware.



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Forest Fossils

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Forest Fossils Butternut Burl standing 54 inches tall and 3 inches thick at the base and 1.75 at the edges near the Ammonite
terabyte wood burned on one side and a fish on the other near the bottom. The Ammonite took a month to program and put into the cnc . I worked with a young man on on the cnc Did 4 prototypes on mdf to get the position we wanted .C and C welcome



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Whistle and Rings

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Whistle and RingsWe were given a piece of hollow African Blackwood, at our wood turning guild , and a challenge for next month to see what we could make out of it. It was a little over 1” in diameter and about 9” long.
I drilled it out to 5/8 and glued in a dowel and made a whistle out of it for my great granddaughter. I used a flat piece of African Blackwood for the cap and piece of cherry for the mouthpiece. It works but the three notes are not as good as they should be. I need to learn more about whistle making.The whistle is 6 1/2” long and the 3 1/4” holes are 3 1/2”, 4 1/2” and 5 1/2” deep.
It is finished with EEE and ShellawaxI had a piece left over so I turned 6 rings of various sizes from it. They are also finished with EEE and Shellawax.Cheers, Jim



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Two Axis Turned Maple Winged Bowl

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Two Axis Turned Maple Winged BowlThis is a last piece of the branch from my daughter's tree. I turned it in the style of Rudy Lopez.
All the sanding had to be done off the lathe.
It is maple and finished with Danish oil and 3 stage buffed and waxed.Cheers, JimHere is a link to how I did it.
https://www.lumberjocks.com/topics/305989



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