The Woodshop Shed

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Danish Modern Magazine Rack

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Danish Modern Magazine RackI found this design on someone's Pinterest page, and it was the perfect time waster to build over the three day weekend. I intentionally did everything the hard way just to make my brain work (wedged legs, tilted wings, resawed the wood from scraps) and it did.I did manage to use my new-but-unused Veritas small router attachment for a Dremel tool. That thing, for the price, is awesome, if you do much inlay work. I haven't used the Micro-Router, which is a cool $400+. but for my purposes, it worked great. Much better than the plastic toy Dremel makes, which in all fairness DOES work. But is super-hard to micro-adjust.The banding is from my Buffard Freres stash. I thought “what the hey”. It's not like I want that stuff lining my coffin.Building a magazine rack in this day and age seems a bit like an anachronistic throwback. But now I have someplace to put my Model Railroaders so my wife won't throw them away. Stay tuned!For the detail person—Minwax Tung Oil finish, some leftover scraps of Khaya/African Mahogany from my Dead Man's Mahogany stash.



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Some pens and new lathe tool

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Some pens and new lathe toolI just had to make these three pens. One is Ambrosia maple made from the cut off from a current project. I just could not throw it away. The other two are comfort grip pens that I tried to fractal burn for a customer but one did not burn well at all that other one had half the wood burned off. So I turned off all the wood from both of them and and made one hard maple burl and one Pistachio pen.The lathe tool is a cutter made from and old parting tool. It is for boring holes that have to be real accurate. I saw a similar tool used and it can take very little material off on the side or the end. It is like a two way scraper. The handle is mahogany and walnut.All these products were finished with EEE and Shellawax!Cheers, Jim



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Cherry and walnut display case

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Cherry and walnut display caseA while back, a friend and neighbor from our previous home of twenty years past called and very generously offered some rough cut cherry lumber that he and his wife have been transferring from one domicile to another since the early sixties. Not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, I jumped on the opportunity, only to find what appeared to be approximately ten or so 8 ft boards that had suffered severe bug infestation, some of the exposed sap wood literally crumbling in my hands as I loaded it into my van. My friend asked if I would make a small bookcase from the material for them and keep the rest for myself, only if I had the time…and with no expectation or requirement that I do it.This material was a challenge. Two of the boards were so bad I pretty much tossed them. As a surprise bonus, three of the boards were actually dark walnut. It took me a good year to get around to working with it. Once planed, I was rewarded with mostly curly cherry heartwood of beautiful color, and the walnut, though a bit stained and a bug damaged, to be beautiful as well.The above case is the result. The side panels are standard mortise and tenon rails and stiles with walnut inserts. The rails are dadoed for the shelving, with the shelf tenons slightly smaller then the dadoes to allow for movement. The shelves are attached with screws through the stiles, the screw holes slotted to also allow for wood expansion/contraction, and plugged with 1/2 square walnut plugs. I finished with four coats Minwax tung oil finish and three coats of paste wax.It was truly a pleasure to see my friends faces light up when I delivered the case today. Admittedly, given the tremendous amount of waste, there's not much left for my personal use, but the joy of working with this gorgeous wood was a reward in itself.



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