The Woodshop Shed

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

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Spalted birdseye maple sofa table

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Spalted birdseye maple sofa table I was at my lumber supplier this summer and saw my wife just staring at this board. I took one look at the amount of color variations and birdseye's and I knew I had to make something from it.I decided to make a sofa table to display our old family photos. Originally I was going to purchase steel legs similar to my last bench project but felt they would be too bulky for this relatively small table (1440). So I went with the “industrial ” look using steel pipe. I played around with different configurations of pipe lengths until it looked right and then got the bright idea to add a flange on the bottom connection. I had this small maple burl sitting around waiting for the right project and I sliced about an 1 1/2 thick piece for a bottom display shelf. Interested in all your comments on how that looks…we're still undecided.I cleaned and spray painted the steel pipe a hammered dark grey and kept all the connectors original cast color. Finished both wood pieces with shellac and satin urethane.This was a really fun project that I took months thinking about before all the pieces fell into place. First time using steel piping and first time trying to slice a burl…ended up using a chain saw on it and running it through my very abused planer.Thanks for looking.



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Planter Box

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Planter BoxI built this DIY Planter Box few years back with pressure treated lumber and corrugated steel roof panels on the sides. Over the years we had many different vegetables grown in the planter box. I love how it looks and it holds a lot of dirt for vegetable plants with deep roots. Also, the box is at convenient height for taking care of the plants. Find the free plans at TheDIYPlan.



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Gothic Tracery Panel

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Gothic Tracery PanelA customer who saw my work on etsy.com, ordered this large Gothic Tracery panel. (39” x 55”)
All I had to go by was a photo she sent of a piece she saw in an antique store. All the parts are made and I will be doing a pre-assembly and then disassemble to do the finishing. I will post some more pictures when completed. It took 2 weeks to build this after coming up with a final design. It is made from air dried White Pine on a paint grade plywood back board.



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