The Woodshop Shed

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

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Assorted bowls

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Assorted bowlsA selection os bowls carved from various timbers, olive, plum, silky oak and pohutukawa.



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5 inch Chef's knife

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5 inch Chef's knife Hey Lumberjocks,
This 5 chef's knife is high carbon steel, not stainless steel like most knives. It will sharpen easier and stay sharp longer, just takes some extra care. The high carbon steel is from France and the knife was made by Hoch Tools from Ft Bragg Ca. This is a full tang knife with beautiful Koa scales. I also added three brass pins. The only treatment- BLO and a little wax. The last picture is my knife holder that is essentially a block of Walnut with magnets embedded in the sides of the block. It's been a fixture in my kitchen for years.
Thanks for checking out the 5 inch Chef's knife.
Greg



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Ringmaster Bowl~Cutting Board~Cheese Slicer

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Ringmaster Bowl~Cutting Board~Cheese SlicerWalnut, Mahogany and Cherry. I had a request for 3 cutting boards with matching bowls and I made cheese slicers also figuring they would want those too. Of course I made extras because it's easier while you're at it and they go fast anyway.



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Reverse Live Edge Dining Table

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Reverse Live Edge Dining TableFinished my reversed live edge dining table with glass inlay. (the live edge is on the inside, while I curved the outside with my jigsaw and belt sander) It was a ton of work over the past year to take it from 16' long slab of maple (as pictured) down to manageable sizes.I slowly levelled it with a router sled jig and let it acclimatize to our house over the year. I wanted to make sure it didn't move too much after I finished it. It is finished with a wipe on Odie's oil. I filled all the cracks and large voids with black tinted epoxy for a sharp contrast. I had the 1/2” glass custom cut to my template to finish off the table.All-in-all I'm really please with the end result. Now I can't wait for my kids to add some “character” to it like they do with everything nice that we own. (sigh)Cheers



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Walnut Live Edge Table and Benches

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Walnut Live Edge Table and BenchesHappy Thanksgiving!I struggled for a long time with what kind of dining table I wanted to make. The style of base for the tabletop was always a head scratcher. When we recently invited Mrs Pez's Family over for thanksgiving I decided I needed to do something quick and easy. I opted for a slab table and benches on metal bases.Because slabs cannot really be found that are 40 wide I ended up butting two slabs together. I liked the look of the live edge in the middle and so I did some fitting on the ends and held the two slabs together with four large bow ties, which are actually exceptionally sturdy. The rest is fairly simple finishing.The bow ties are red oak and Osage orange. The finish is Satin Arm R Seal and wax.I had a lot of fun with this project, and the whole thing is done in less than a week start to finish (I started filling holes with epoxy on the evening of November 21). In particular I am now very confident in my ability to make and inlay right bow ties.Thank you for looking. Cheers!



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Layered Christmas Ornament

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Layered Christmas OrnamentThis is a Christmas Ornament made from three layers of 1/8” Baltic birch plywood . It is from a Steve Good scroll saw pattern. There are three sizes..2” , 2-1/2” & 3” . It was finished with Danish Oil followed by spray can lacquer.



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Small Hollow Pot

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Small Hollow PotThis is a small pot I turned today instead of discarding this pretty piece of wood. It is curly something or other and this is the only piece there was so when I hollowed it from the bottom, I put in a piece of cherry for the bottom. I guess it could be a small weed pot.It is 3 1/2” in diameter and 3” high and finished with EEE and Shellawax.After this the shop was all cleaned up and closed for the rest of the year. We'll be in Arizona next week for the winter. I'll be joining the Southern Arizona Wood Turners Association in Tucson this winter to keep in touch with some turners.Cheers, Jim



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Bottle opener

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Bottle opener Simple opener, could be hung on the wall or placed on a table/countertop. This one is made out of some Maple that I had,I have a couple of others glueing that were made out of Pine and stained looking good pictures to come in a few days



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Old Water Mill

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Old Water MillI made this water wheel to go on the patio next to the pool. This is a working model that has a holding tank with a small pump. It pumps the water to the top and makes the paddles turn and recycles the water.



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Bedside table

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Bedside tableThis is probably my first original piece I've made. As in, I designed it. Not from someone else's plans. Of course I'm probably unconciously copying someone. I made this for my wife's cousin's wedding. I enjoyed case joinery of white oak along with the offset legs of walnut. They liked it, so success…



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'Tis the season

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'Tis the seasonAlmost that time of year! Or use them as lamp/light pulls.



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posted at: 12:00am on 27-Nov-2019
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cribbage board blanks and serving board

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cribbage board blanks and serving boardthe top board is a walnut serving board with heavy figure.the bottom two boards in the picture are going to be cribbage board blanks that i found in my walnut pile.
i like to finish my boards before i drill them. i also put a maple board on the bottom of the walnut with a route to hold a deck of cards and cribbage pegs. i put magnets on the corners to hold it in place. i will post pictures of finished cribbage boards.hope everyone has a safe and happy thanksgiving. were having a major winter storm here in south dakota



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Yellowheart Cutting Boards

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Yellowheart Cutting BoardsNever considered using Yellowheart before on cutting boards. Came out nice!



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53 Wedding Anniversary Gift for my Dad

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53 Wedding Anniversary Gift for my DadSo here is the other project that I made for my dad. Obviously it is not a big as my mom's ring box buy I really love how it came together. Especially considering how much time I had to complete it. I started it on Wednesday morning and got the main part of the box cut out then had to leave it until Thursday afternoon. Worked on it till late Friday night and got back to it late Saturday afternoon then finished it up about 1am Saturday night. I had to dig through all of my Walnut to get the pieces that I wanted. Measures about 12 1/2” tall by 6 1/2” wide by 5 1/2” deep. I finished this one totally with hand planes and tools. Didn't use sandpaper on this one. Kind of impressed myself. My dad was super surprised. He knew about the one for our mother. He had his on his night stand that night and was using already before we left the next day. He really loved it. Of course he loves Walnut too. I'm glad I was able to get it finished up in time.



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53 Wedding Anniversary Gift for my Mom

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53 Wedding Anniversary Gift for my MomSo my mom had been hinting around for quite a while that she wanted a ring box for all her rings. She had asked my brother that does Leather work for one too. So we got together and collaborated on a box together for her. We have a large family. The two Humming Birds represent our parents and the 13 flowers represent all the kids. One set of twins so there are two identical flowers. the leather design is my brothers own. I came up with the box. He helped me install all the leather. We both love how it turned out. Our Mother was super excited about the box. Made out of Aromatic Cedar with yellow Alaskan Cedar dividers in the top. I have not done many dovetails. These were the first that I incorporated into one of my boxes. The box measures 9” deep x 15” wide x 7 1/2” tall. The box sits down into the bottom frame about a 16th of an inch. That was fun to figure out how to do and keep all the same angles. The panel door and the drawer fronts and the base are all cut on a 15 degree angle. Really enjoyed this projects. After I finished this one I started to feel bad about not having done anything for my dad so I got busy and built him a Keepsake box out of Walnut. I will post pics of his as well.



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Mantle Clock

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Mantle ClockThe clock is modified from a design by Schlabaugh. I made it from oak with a Purple Heart insert. It is finished with linseed oil. The clock works is from Klockit. The tile was purchased off eBay.Thanks for all the nice things people have written, said and thought about my work. Since I retired, I have enjoyed wood working and learning new skills. Thanks again for encouraging words.



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posted at: 12:00am on 25-Nov-2019
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Barn board lamp

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Barn board lampHere's a quick project I banged out using some old barn board. The size and shape is identical to my previous lanterns with a few minor differences. Instead of glass I used galvanized mesh that I spray painted black and instead of using a candle I put in a small candelabra light. The barn board has a great rustic look to it and the areas that show saw cuts I burned dark with a torch to blend in.
Its pretty rustic looking and not suited for every decor but we have a room that suits it well.
Thanks for looking.



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Gothic Carving

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Gothic CarvingMostly hand-carved with a bit of detailing using a micromotor rotary tool. 12”” diameter x 2” thick. Butternut with a rattlecan lacquer finish. This is one of those classic projects that rested on the shelf for a couple of years.



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DECORATIVE BOWL with a LID

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DECORATIVE BOWL with a LIDI do not have much of a story with this on lathing process as my computer refuses to download the pictures. I hope I will be able to recover pictures of another project with help from my computer friend. It is a major one that and I want to do a video. This project was a practice one to sharpen up what skills I have for an old guy.
The color blending came out allot better than I thought when I was doing it. Very pleased with the result, It is a mixture of red and gold, dabbed on and blended around with air pressure. The colored rings on the last project I blackened it with felt pen, I tried it with this larger surface and it worked out well, no masking at all. It is hard to take a picture to show the true brilliance.Tried lathing another one of those finials, eventually I will get a better one. Just have to figure out how to post them vertically, I rotated them in pictures, showed vertically, guess it is too late at night and they want to lay down. what can one do, I give up.All in all the combination with the lid turned out OK.Thanks for looking and comments are always encouraging.Rain here today here, no snow, what a disappointment. NOT REALLY ONE IS ALWAYS NOT PREPARED FOR IT, no matter how late it comes. HAVE A GREAT THANKS GIVING DAY to all those south of the border, and those south of the equator, STAY COOL. rest of us stay WARM



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Kitchen Island - Reclaimed Barn Oak

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Kitchen Island - Reclaimed Barn OakThis is the kitchen island/table I made for my brother and his wife It is made from reclaimed oak barn wood from Wabash Lumber Co. I left the saw marks and imperfections in the wood. I got the legs from Osborne Wood, I cut them with a 2-sided taper and painted them black. The top is finished with a mix of Candlelite and Java, General Finishes gel stain. The topcoat is General Finish, Gel Topcoat, satin.



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Nativity Creche

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Nativity CrecheHI:In an attempt to keep me (aka “Grumps”) busy, my wife suggested I build a nativity crche for our grand daughter's nativity set.Enough said!Here are the photos of the project. The base is hickory, and the walls/roof are hard maple, all scraps of hardwood from my shop. The roof is detachable, so my grand daughter can 'play house' with the nativity characters to her heart's content.The star on the rood is an idea that just came to me out of the blue, and was accomplished with my bandsaw. An entrance kerf was cut from the side to access the area on the star. The cut was later glued shut, barely visible.Finally, I hand carved the text “Jesus Our Savior” into the front edge of the base, so my grand daughter would learn that Jesus is not just a doll but the centre of our Christian faith.My grand daughter will receive this as an early Christmas gift so she can display the nativity figures in the weeks before Christmas :-)Bill



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Essential Oil Trays

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Essential Oil Trays Two custom designed essential oil trays that I recently created—as my wife heavily uses them (as many do). She needed places to put these in various locations around our home. I couldn't come to terms with the cheap, Chinese-made metal caddies she would by off of Ebay/Amazon. I also didn't care for the typical stair-step wood displays which are all too common. So, as usual, I sat and wanted to design something unique.So after, fiddling with weird shapes, I decided on a “centerpiece” type caddy that was a circular shape. It would arrange the oil bottles similar to a clock. However, I did have an interesting puzzle to solve in the design—her oil bottles come in 2 sizes. How can I ensure the caddy would accommodate them all, and allow them to fit snugly? I decided to double-recess each slot—allowing the smaller bottles to fit concentrically within the larger slot. Therefore you can mix/match bottle sizes on each one.I created both 12-bottle and 24-bottle variants, shown above in both walnut and mahogany. A little mineral oil & beeswax and these look like a million bucks (well…almost). I'm looking to create some trays that are mix-match species or utilize different arrangements…potentially even incorporate a spot for a diffuser. Who knows?Check out all my woodworking adventures on Facebook/Instagram at @docsdesignsfurniture



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Numbers and Colors Puzzle

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Numbers and Colors PuzzleThis is a little puzzle I made for our great granddaughter, Mckinlee, so she can recognize numbers and associate them with the colors. It might be a little too early to show her this but I wanted to see how she does when we have her next Tuesday.The board is 1/4” hardboard with a melamine finish and the number are 1/4” maple plywood (4” high) .The colors are acrylic paints.Cheers, Jim



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DVD Holder

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DVD HolderI guess I'm doing something wrong… getting landscape pictures…DVD Holder
6 years ago my daughter asked me to build a DVD Holder for her. At that time, I had a design in mind, and she liked its execution - I posted this to both LJs and WWW around Sept. 2014. Anyone interested in design and construction details can scroll through my Project Gallery, on these forums, and get the primary details certainly, any and all questions and queries are welcome.
Move the clock forward, and we are in the age of Netflix and Prime Video, and several other movie streaming services. However, as a family we purchase movies that we like.
The original DVD Holder design stores about 110 dvd 'boxes', and some number larger than that of the box-less variety. She's run-out of space, and asked for a second holder.
Having just finished a Hard Maple & Rhodesian Teak chair, I had sufficient shop cut-offs to make this piece.
Design
It seems that ever since I met Hal Taylor (of rocking chair fame), I've moved completely away from traditional casework. Other than working through his detailed rocking chair process, the DVD Holder (2014) was one of my first contemporary designs.
The Holder is dominated by three main parts (2 identical sides and the back), with a common arc (0.75 over 64), a top and bottom cap (these share a common width, with the bottom having a deeper depth; and a Top and Bottom cap - these are held separate from the 3 sides by 6 tenons, each an attempt to create a 'floating' appearance. The matching arcs tend to soften the visual weight - the intend is to draw the eye and the mind's-eye to the negative space (between the maple pieces). The dark wood inlay, in both the shelves and main pieces, is an attempt to provide a subtle counterpoint to the blond maple.
Brass pins and clips serve to hold 6 of the 8 shelves, with the remaining 2 shelves glued into both the sides and back dados - the back of these 2 shelves is M&T'd in two places into the back piece to add racking strength, and ensure that the back piece (64 x 8 x 0.375) doesn't warp along the way.
Things that add flavor to the build
This piece requires attention to sequence that is, with all of the arcs, you quickly lose square reference surfaces: precise alignment across 3 pieces of the shelf holes (clips and pins) and the 2 fixed shelf dados requires equally precise layout and execution.
The tenons and dados need to be protected from applied finish, for subsequent glue-up. I apply both Zinnser Sealcoat (via cloth) and Deft Waterborne Acrylic (3 coats, via HVLP spray) to all surfaces. The tenons, their mortises, and dado surfaces need to be taped prior to finishing.
Making inlay troughs – I centered the wood on my table saw blade, and cut a 1.0 deep trough in each of the 3 side pieces and Top & Bottom caps; and cut a 0.25 trough in the shelving billet (a long piece, not yet cut into individual shelves). The right & left sides, as 2 Caps are 0.75 material, and I endeavored to cut a 0.25 width trough - I couldn't use my router table to get the 1.0 depth.
Making the inlay material was a Pain! I purged my drum sander - a 1st generation Performax - last year, and this is the first time I could have used it. I purged the machine, as it wa frustrating to keep in alignment, and it kept burning one half of work, and missing the other half. I opted to use a Gripper to push material against my Jet disk sander.
Final Thoughts
My schedule pulls me in many directions - this is one project where you want to get in the shop, focus, finish, and move-on. Continuity is important.
I'm gaining confidence in my spray finishing - the Deft and Fuji spray finishing process seems to be working well.I look forward to your questions and comments. Please feel free to borrow any design ideas
MJCD



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Rimu ring with Pounamu and volcanic sand inlay

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Rimu ring with Pounamu and volcanic sand inlayRiver rimu ring with pounamu and volcanic sand (Piha beach) inalys. A private commission I made for someone's special bloke.Pounamu (NZ jade) and of course, volcanoes, are synonymous with New Zealand. Rimu is timber native to NZ. In all, this ring represents elements that are quintessentially linked to NZ's history.



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1962 jeep Willy's

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1962 jeep Willy's I built this Jeep in my shop ,i had started it a year ago and put it to the side and went to another project ,just recently i got back in it and finished it ,i had been wanting to build one of these jeeps for a long time i sold it on marketplace on Facebook the same day i got it done ,time for another project .



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Simi Elliptical Table with silver leaf gilded top

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Simi Elliptical Table with silver leaf gilded topThe table is made from African Mahogany. The top is gilded with silver leaf, and then a patina was applied with sulfur potash to add a variety of contrasting colors and aged look to the piece. The silver leaf is sealed in with several coats of polyurethane to protect it.The outer rim of the top is made up of segmented pieces of mahogany. Since it is not a perfect circle rather an oval shape, each segment, from the center point of the table to the edge was cut at different lengths and angles to achieve the oval shape.To continue the semi ellipse theme, the fronts of the legs are shaped as a semi ellipse as well, and then taper to a smaller oval foot. The legs were hand shaped with a spokeshave. To attach the legs to the top, I scribed the curve of the apron and curve of the top to the back of the legs and pegged them in place with dowels from behind.You can watch it be built on youtube
Thanks for watching
Brian Benham



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Weed Vase #2

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Weed Vase  #2This is a weed vase made from Ambrosia maple. It is 7” in diameter and 1 3/4” wide. I had a dozen designs for the base and settled on this one that looks to be the shadow of the vase projected straight down.
The vase is finished with Danish oil and buffed and waxed.
The base is also Ambrosia Maple and is finished with clear matte spray so it does not shine much.the following are some process shots of it being made:
I turned off the second tenon with a concave jam chuckcheers, Jim



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Texas Flag Bandsaw Box

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Texas Flag Bandsaw BoxHere are the Texas Flag Bandsaw Boxes I dreamed up on a motorcycle ride in North Texas. I had two cedar beam off cuts from our back yard pergola we had built a few years ago. I didn't know what I wanted to do with them until the fore mentioned ride. I knew I wanted something unique and I think I got it. I started with blocks roughly 5×7 inches. I first cut the wave into the face, then cut the top and bottom waves. This way I had as much surface area on the saw table as possible. Then top and bottom waves were cut. Layout was done with a set of french curves. I sanded the face to 220 before cutting because it's easier to sand on a solid surface than trying to sand the drawers and box separately. The rest was standard cut the back off, cut out the drawers and reassemble. Since I did these for my first craft show I made a batch of five (six if you include the prototype) The second and third pictures illustrate how I kept all the parts straight for each box and just how complicated it got. I closed the entry kerf for the drawers by simply gluing clamping them shut, this really opened up the big drawer kerf, so that had to be filled with a spline. In order to keep the colors where they were intended I carved a shallow groove to delineate the stripes and field and prevent the stain from leeching into the wrong area. Three of the five were torched to bring out the grain, the other two were so tight grained that the torching just turned into a smudge. I created a flexible stencil for the star, and after some fits and starts settled on using the stencil to pencil in the star and free handing the stain in the lines. I used Minwax Waterbased stains for the colors, after using their wood conditioner. Then a coat of wipe on poly followed by two coats of polycrylic. The oil based wipe on poly was to seal in the color and keep the polycrylic from smearing it. I got alot of positive comments at the fair but only one buyer. May have been a little proud of them, I don't know. I do know that I'm thrilled with the results and love showing them off. In the second picture, you can see where the saw drifted on a knot at about the one o'clock position of the big drawer, I backed up, slowed my feed and recut my line. Afterward, I used a thin spline to fill the offending kerf and it's virtually invisble. Hope you like them.



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Wooden kitchen utensils

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Wooden kitchen utensils Made some kitchen utensils for Christmas stocking stuffers. Wood used, maple, hickory, oak.



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Hybrid Nicholson/Roubo Workbench

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Hybrid Nicholson/Roubo WorkbenchSo i've been wanting to build this bench for quite a while now. As i progress in my woodworking journey i find myself gravitating more and more towards hand tools and hand cut joinery. So i decided i needed to build my first “real bench” I did a lot of research and settled on this design from Chris from the Third Coast Craftsman, that incorporates the English Nicholson and French Roubo styles. I modified his design slightly to add my own spin and design elements. This maximizes the potential for workholding options and gives you several use case scenarios depending on the project you are working on. Adding the Vises, sliding deadman, and traditional as well as scandinavian holdfast adds to those possibilities. I still have to layout and drill all the dog holes in the top and i plan to add a few more features down the road. If you want to see the build process you can check out the full project video here:http://bit.ly/BestWorkbenchEver



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Kitchen Trowel

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Kitchen TrowelA trowel like flipper or??
Made from salvage pallet red oak.
About 11-1/2 inches long and 3-1/2 inches wide.Finished with about 8 coats of food grade “walnut oil”.
Design from T & E designs again.



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Porch Chairs

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Porch ChairsOur church wanted some chairs to set out on the back deck so I had a bunch of treated 2x's so I put this double together. I'm probably going to build at least one more.
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Koa Knife and Curly Koa and Wenge holder

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Koa Knife and Curly Koa and Wenge holderHey Lumberjocks,
Any project with Koa looks exceptional and this knife project is no different. I had a chance to pick up a fair amount of Koa in Hawaii last month and will use it on a few knives aa well as accents for other projects. And yes several re-sawing projects that I am really looking forward to. This 8 chef's knife is high carbon steel, not stainless steel like most knives. It will sharpen easier and stay sharp longer, just takes some extra care. The high carbon steel is from France and the knife was made by Hoch Tools from Ft Bragg Ca. I modified the full tang to a hidden tang. I added brass bolster. I tried to add shape in to the handle with a fuller feel on the top of the handle and a little more knuckle clearance on the bottom off the handle. My attempt to make the knife ergo perfect for the user. The knife holder is Curly Koa with Wenge accent pieces added to the ends. I deviated from my standard treatments only using one coat of BLO followed by paste wood wax. I wanted to avoid any Poly U on this project. Items that will be handled with hands – I prefer wood wax. This is a present for Lee, the small group leader.
Thx for checking out the Koa Knife and Koa holder.
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Brick wall cutting board End grain

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Brick wall cutting board End grain First time doing this style not to difficult but the color match is little off but may change size of bricks next attempt.These were 1.5 with the walnut and the oak space are .5 each. Overall is about 15 x 11 in size and is about 1 in thickness being E.N.D. grain .



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Cabinet doors from oak

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Cabinet doors from oakHello friends. Today I want to show my new project. It's cabinet doors to children play house furniture. Frames i made from oak and inserted laminate plywood
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Bed for Kids

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Bed for KidsFew years back when my daughter was getting too big for a crib, I built her a toddler size DIY bed. I used the same mattress that was in the crib and built the bed considering those dimensions. Also, I wanted the bed to be very low to the ground just in case she falls out in her sleep. We had this bed for few years and it is still solid as a rock. I only had to repaint it to cover crayon and pencil marks.Leave a comment below if you like these plans or if you need more clarification on something. I would love to hear from you guys.Don't forget to follow me on social media and subscribe to receive emails notifications when new plans come out
Also check out my website to find the free plans TheDIYPlan.



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Spiral carved and textured

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Spiral carved and texturedCherry vase with a spiral curve and some simple dimpling – finished with india ink, the lye treatment and gloss lacquer.



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Small Box in Sycamore

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Small Box in SycamoreThis is a small trinket box I made for one of my grand-daughters. The corner joints are hand-formed dovetails. The top and bottom are rabbeted to fit inside the sides. The pieces were cut from a large sycamore slab given to me by a cousin. Dimensions: 1-1/2” x 1-3/4” x 3-1/2”



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Christmas Ornament #2

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Christmas Ornament #2Made from maple, walnut, and purple heart. Approximately 4” tall and 2 1/2” in diameter. Patterns burned with pyrography pens and colored with India ink markers. Finished with a few coats of spray lacquer.



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Box mania

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Box maniaA piece of spalted hackberry and some boxes I made from it.



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Computer Desk

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Computer DeskI built a computer desk for my younger daughter.The top is 2'x4'. It was made of two layers of 1/2” MDF, glued and screwed together. It was then trimmed with poplar. I covered it with a piece of laminate and trimmed it with a 45-degree router bit. I added a plastic grommet to allow cables from the keyboard as well as the monitor to pass through.The computer box was made from 3/4” red oak plywood, edged with 1/4”x3/4” red oak. I left part of the back open to allow for cables as well as airflow to assist in ventilation for the processor.The legs are 3/4” black pipe with flanges on each end. The pipe was cleaned with lacquer thinner and then spray painted with gloss black paint. The feet were poplar 4'x4' from a pallet, 45 degree mitered ends and 4”x4” foot pads added on the bottom.All the wood received 2 coats of Verethane stain/finish with light sanding between coats.All the lumber was scrap I had laying around in the shop. It's heavy and stable. She loves it.



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Segmented Plywood Vase

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Segmented Plywood VaseThis segmented vase is made of vertically glued plywood. 40 cm tall. Photos # 4, 5 and 6 show some steps of how it was made. Long hours to work it out, but I enjoyed every moment of them. 240 segments ( pieces )



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How To Make A Deadman To Fit Almost Any Work Bench

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How To Make A Deadman To Fit Almost Any Work BenchIf your like me, many of your projects require long pieces of lumber, sometimes up to 12' in length.
Most of the time a quick touch-up with a #7 Joiner plan does the trick.This removable deadman was made from hardwood, and a clamp screw I removed from a Harbor Freight
12” F-Clamp that was slipping. If your take one of these apart you'll know why they slip.I sawed the screw off the clamp, threaded it into the Deadman and shaped a piece of hard maple to replace the Handle.This Deadman allows me to plane or chamfer boards or panels up to 20” in width and as long as my bench can handle.I'd like to thank my L.J. buddy The Saw Dust Whisperer (Dustin Lung) for the Cumaru wood that he found in the trash from a deck and fence build of one of our neighbors. I don't think I'll be building anything soon with that stuff again. If you work with it you better have some very sharp tools.I'd especially like to thank L.J. buddy Jim Jakosh author and builder of 873 projects and still counting, for his indispencable help and advice on how to remove the clamp screw and attach it to the new handle. He's got to be one of the best tool makers I know.I treaded the clamp screw to the maple handle and epoxied it and drilled a hole through the handle and thread.I used a ball peen hammer to peen the brass pin to the handle. I didn't have a brass pin so used a #8 brass screw.There's a Youtube video called (Handle pin Peening Techniques-Daniel Warren Master Smith) I used to learn how to peen the pin.Cutting the dado for the bottom clamp holder.Getting ready to screw and glue the parts together.Cutting off the screw plug covers.Peening one end of the brass screw/pin with the round end of a ball-peen hammer.
Use tape around the pin to avoid marks from the hammer.
I placed a Masons chisel and a wedge of wood under it to act like an anvil.Clamping the Deadman to the bench. When I made my bench I allowed for a 3” over hang on the sides and ends for clamping.It works great.



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Shaker Night Stands

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Shaker Night StandsShaker Night Stand.
I made two of these as bedside tables for my daughter. It was my first furniture project, prior projects have just been setting up my garage furniture. There was some mounting pressure to “so when are you going to make something?” They are a very traditional Shaker Night Stand, the timber is salvaged quarter sawn Elm from Melbourne University, which I was lucky enough to help mill. The drawer fronts are a veneer of Figured Maple from a piece that I was able to bring home with me in my suitcase after attending the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Maine. The Elm has been oiled with Danish Oil, and the drawers French Polished – my first attempt.



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Vic Ash Work Bench

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Vic Ash Work BenchThis is my work bench. It's made from construction grade F17 hardwood (Vic Ash). It's big and heavy, at just over 500 pounds. To deal with wood movement, the central core of the table (running lengthwise between the legs, and the end vise screws), is laminated MDF and Birch Ply. I then used half inch strips of Vic Ash as a “veneer” on the top and underside of the bench.
I've been using it for almost one year, and its been excellent.
I rarely need to move it, but when I do I use a car jack and a set of dollies. I use this method for moving all my shop machinery.



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Grave Cross

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Grave CrossI recently lost my Mother and for her first birthday without I had to make her something for her grave. I thought it was a really nice design I found on the internet, Mom was very religious so I think she would have liked it.



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DVD Cabinet

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DVD CabinetGot tired of digging through drawers for my DVDs. Had a board or 2 of Ash…door is a glue up, then made a raised panel with hand planes.Finish is Gunstock stain ( Minwax), then a few coats of Amber Shellac. Handle is solid copper. There is a build-along Blog for how this was assembled.Cabinet is now sitting beside my computer desk, so all I need to do is reach over, select a movie for viewing on the computer, with the headphones ( vol. is set at..12…)



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playing in the shop

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playing in the shopoak,beech and…coffy



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Essential oil shelf

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Essential oil shelfMade for a good friend. She had so many oils (I thinks she sells them also) but the shelf put them in order.



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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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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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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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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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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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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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Scrap wood table/stand

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Scrap wood table/standI was going through my scrap bin and found enough material to make this little table/stand.



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ROUND BOWL WITH FOUR SIDES AND A LID.

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ROUND BOWL WITH FOUR SIDES AND A LID.Tis the season in the north to start hiding out in the shop, first skiff of snow last night. I have tried to keep up with the postings on my phone and tablet. Great for seeing but not writing. I have spent allot of time this summer hiking etc and working on my property. Will post some of the things I did this summer later. This project has had top priority, my daughter had a request for me to send a bowl for an auction to raise money for a charity, so it had to be extra special. I had some experience with lathing a four sided bowl so though I would take it a step farther and do a matching lid and top it off with my first ever finial.The wood is Yellow Cedar. very fine grainI have a few construction pictures with some ideas that I will pass along. I lathed the bottom first but could not get a good dovetail for my chuck, I solved the problem by cutting a disc of wood and gluing it on.Then used the tail stock to apply gluing pressureThen lathed a great dovetail for the chuck. I like this idea as one can save more of the wood for the project. I would do it again on shallow projects. I simply sawed it off and finished the bottom normally.Turned it over, chuck held it securely and had not trouble lathing the top surfaceThe top was brought to a completion using a disc with a groove cut in it.The final step before putting the finish on was to cut vee groves for colored rings. Usually I spray the ring black, but I came up with another method, just use a black felt pen, one would not have to mask it off completely, tried it and it worked great. Should have thought of it before I started masking.To see how I put the color on I guess you will have to watch the video, It covers the complete building process.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLwcRCf3kI4The only advice I will give is, ALWAYS USE GLOVES WHEN DOING A PROJECT LIKE THIS. and be more careful, I got wacked.For a bonus I make some spurtles and included with the bowl for some extra cash.Thanks for looking, comments appreciated.



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Tawa Hei Toki (Adze)

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Tawa Hei Toki (Adze)Finished this hei toki from some awesomely flecked tawa over the week-end as the rain kicked in.



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Coffee Table

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Coffee TableMy sister shopped all the furniture stores in her area but didn't find anything that fit her decor, so I was tasked with making it..
Maple with a tiger maple top, honey maple aniline dye finished with lacquer.
Thanks to David Southern for design, Bill Jefferson for construction guidance and Kenny Warren for finishing tips



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Push block from scraps

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Push block from scrapsMade a push block for my tablesaw from scrapsYou can buy the original from MICROJIG, Inc. at Amazon for 70 here in GermanyEven though I like the idea, I am to cheap for that and I really like to build my own tools and jigs. No beauty at all, but a safety feature.



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USMC 244th Birthday - scroll of General John A Lejeune's 1921 Birthday message

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USMC 244th Birthday - scroll of General John A Lejeune's 1921 Birthday messageThis was a scroll I was asked to make for PM LIght Tactical Vehicle yearly Marine Corps Birthday celebration at Quantico, VaHappy 244th Birthday MarinesIt contains the following.MARINE CORPS ORDERS
No. 47 (Series 1921)
HEADQUARTERS U.S. MARINE CORPS
Washington, November 1, 1921759. The following will be read to the command on the 10th of November, 1921, and hereafter on the 10th of November of every year. Should the order not be received by the 10th of November, 1921, it will be read upon receipt.On November 10, 1775, a Corps of Marines was created by a resolution of Continental Congress. Since that date many thousand men have borne the name “Marine”. In memory of them it is fitting that we who are Marines should commemorate the birthday of our corps by calling to mind the glories of its long and illustrious history.
The record of our corps is one which will bear comparison with that of the most famous military organizations in the world's history. During 90 of the 146 years of its existence the Marine Corps has been in action against the Nation's foes. From the Battle of Trenton to the Argonne, Marines have won foremost honors in war, and in the long eras of tranquility at home, generation after generation of Marines have grown gray in war in both hemispheres and in every corner of the seven seas, that our country and its citizens might enjoy peace and security.
In every battle and skirmish since the birth of our corps, Marines have acquitted themselves with the greatest distinction, winning new honors on each occasion until the term “Marine” has come to signify all that is highest in military efficiency and soldierly virtue.
This high name of distinction and soldierly repute we who are Marines today have received from those who preceded us in the corps. With it we have also received from them the eternal spirit which has animated our corps from generation to generation and has been the distinguishing mark of the Marines in every age. So long as that spirit continues to flourish Marines will be found equal to every emergency in the future as they have been in the past, and the men of our Nation will regard us as worthy successors to the long line of illustrious men who have served as “Soldiers of the Sea” since the founding of the Corps.
JOHN A. LEJEUNE,
Major General Commandant
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Mission Clock

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Mission Clock I purchased the plan from Klockit as well as the clock mechanism. I made the clock from white oak and put a natural oil finish on it. The plans they provide are drawings with some dimensions listed as typical. I modified the door and used a different router bit for the top and bottom.I had expected the plans to be better. I spent a fair amount of time trying to understand the drawings and make some sense of them. I had called their support line and was told someone would call me back. They offered me a refund, but I decided to give it a try.



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Walnut Computer desk

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Walnut Computer deskHi Gang,
This was a project that was planned years ago, started in June, sat party finished for weeks and then was completed in early September. I had two book matched slabs waiting/wanting to be used for something exciting in our house and decided to replace my old computer desk. Before gluing up the top I ripped the other crotch section off so I would have a flat back to set against the pine wall of our loft. My original plan was to use this crotch section as a backsplash giving the desk a “double waterfall “effect – coming down from the back and then going down to the left – but that plan changed quickly after I dry assembled it. (It looked too busy and would have also been hidden by the monitors which now will be mounted against the wall, eliminating the typical monitor stands). I then decided to use the crotch section as a sub-imposed shelf to support the computer and printer below the desk top.
The miter joint uses 5 floating tenons and I affixed two metal brackets on the underside as reinforcements. I glued the miter cut-off in place to (almost) hide the metal brackets. I cut the other leg to leave two tenons, 1×1&1/2 inches, and then carefully transferred their location to the top and chiseled the mating mortises to make a very snug mechanical joint. I used Tightbond 3 for all gluing and filled the cracks and gaps in the top with epoxy.
The top is 1&1/2 inch thick and its widest point is 31 inches. The other leg is about 18 inches wide and was cut from a 2&3/4 in slab and flattened with a planes.Thanks for looking and as usual, please, ignore the Woodduck. . Marc



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Round Tissue Box.

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Round Tissue Box.This is my version of a round tissue box. Tony (Woodshaver) and I were having fun with this one. I tease him time to time to go out and get a lathe and he said if I show him how to make one on a lathe he would consider it.woodshaver Tony Chome | projects | blog6917 posts in 3883 days#27 posted 10-31-2019 08:57 AM
FlagOh NO Dave! Code of Ethics against me! LOL!
Sometimes I get it right but most times it's be accident! Although it's not April I couldn't help posting that cute little red lathe but just for a joke as you can see!I'm still lathe-less except for truing my drill press into one occasionally! Can you show me how to turn out a tissue box on a lathe? Now that would be very cool and I may bite the bullet and buy one! You made me feel lonely when you said I'm on my own you know. so show me a lathe tissue box and make me smile! LOL!Long story short, here you have it. It's made from Lyptus, Tigerwood, and Padauk. 10 segments to a ring, 10 rings. The top is a piece of red box elder which matched the padauk on the rings and the base is made from a chunk of walnut. 8'' tall, the base is 5'' dia, and the top is 3 1/2''. Finished with lacquer.
So should we wait for him to get a lathe? NOT!!!!
We had the round tissue boxes here which made the project easy but you can also use a stack of regular tissues and fold then twice to make them work. googleWell here it is Tony. Thanks for the inspiration. Nancy loves it.



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Hardwood floor inlays - Walnut in Oak

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Hardwood floor inlays - Walnut in OakWe decided to convert the dining room floor to hardwood.I asked my wife “Do you want inlays to match the kitchen floor?” “Of course!” was the reply.When I asked my flooring guy if he wanted to do them or should I he said “You do it, my knees don't want to”Here are the steps:Make a template and lay out the designLocate the templateI used a template guide on my router so the template openings are larger than the inlayCut the pattern and move the templateFlip the template to cut the other. Note the “length adjustment” for the long slot and how I place a nail so the hole lands under the inlayCut mating halfUse the short slot in the template to cut connecting groove. Get ready to cut sharp cornersFinish the cornersCut a bunch of walnut sticks that are a tight fit in widthTrim to exact length, add glue and tap into placeRepeat until finishedProject took about 20-25 hours



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Key Note

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Key NoteKey Note Key Board Key Holder.
Real 1940s piano keys and hammers set in English Oak Themed on Mini Moog reference to the infamous Gary Numan.
For all the Muso's synth lovers here's a place to hang your keys
The Key Board…



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Shop Cabinet

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Shop CabinetI made this out of poplar, with a maple top. I wanted more storage plus another work surface. It was all done by hand and all solid wood except for the plywood drawer bottoms.It was good practice cutting half-blind dovetails and fitting drawers. By the end of this I was pretty happy with how my joints on my drawers came out.I'm also pretty new to making frame and panel pieces. Both sides, the bottom, and the two doors gave me pretty good practice on those. I thought I had gotten the doors pretty good, but I've got a little twist in one of them. I also hadn't hung doors before this. They were looking pretty good before I painted, but after I took them off to paint and put them back on, they weren't hanging quite right. I'll probably take them off one more time and do a little tweaking to see if I can get them just right. Part of it seems to be that the screws I got don't want to seat completely in the hinges. They look like they might be hitting each other and keeping the hinges from closing all the way.Overall, I'm pretty happy with how this came out. I feel like I got some good experience making it, learned some new techniques, and got some confidence to tackle something a little fancier next. Plus, I've got more storage space in my garage now! I'll probably make some little boxes and trays for small tools so I can keep things in the cabinet and just pull out a tray and take it to the bench when I need things.



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Miter saw stand

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Miter saw standI finally got around to making a stand for my miter saw.
All plywood construction, it has two wings to support long pieces. On castors so I can roll it out to the driveway to make sawdust.



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Navy Grumman E4D Hawkeye Challenge Coin Holder

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Navy Grumman E4D Hawkeye Challenge Coin Holder My son is a Navy avation structural mechanic (AM or airframer) stationed in Japan. He is assigned to a Hawkeye squadron and collects challenge coins like alot of his fellow servicemen. Thought it would be a good Christmas gift if I made him a display rack for his collection. Problem is, I couldn't print a silloette big enough on my printer for the project. So I got my artistic daughter to freehand one for me on poster board. Cut it out and used it to paint a outline on a piece of walnut. Cut it out on the band saw and them used the scroll saw to do the small cutouts. Cut slots 1/4” wide and 1/4” deep. Wasn't pleased with how the coins were sitting so I ran it through and made them about 3/8ths deep and that worked better. Inlaid a maple stripe. The Hawkeye has a distinctive tail section (see last pic) so to add a little demension to the project I added a raised section that sits in one of the slots and is removable for storage and transport. Finished with Danish oil.



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Mail and Key Organizer

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Mail and Key OrganizerCheck out this DIY simple mail and key organizer! Now you can have your mail arranged and your keys always in one place, so you don't need to look for them any longer. Also having small place for plant makes it cozy and lovely. Find the free plans at TheDIYPlan.



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Custom Designed Live Edge Table & Base

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Custom Designed Live Edge Table & BaseThe debut of the live edge dining table is here! Three weeks of work went into this beast, as you saw my earlier posts about designing and constructing the radian base. I chose to stain it gray to compliment our tile floors. It was a custom leg profile I designed and template routed. The legs are 3” thick with mortised stretchers.The top was a joy to complete as well. It is a 72×34x1.5 monkeypod slab that was router-flattened, then stabilized with steel c-channel to keep it as such. The choice of Rubio Monocoat Pure really creates the figure pop I was looking for. After curing, I wet sanded with mineral spirits up to 1500 grit and buffed out with some carnauba wax, this thing is like glass to the touch. For those curious, I purchased the slab at West Penn Hardwoods in Catawba, NC.I'm also working on my photographic skills as well…being that a picture can be worth a thousand words…or a furniture sale. So, as always on my posts, feedback is needed…the good, the bad, the ugly…lemme have it straight!Have a great week y'all and gimme a follow on Facebook or Instagram at @docsdesignsfurniture.



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Wild Intarsia

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Wild IntarsiaI used Bloodwood, Poplar, Aspen, Alder, Spalted Maple, and Yellowheart.



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Library Card File Cabinet

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Library Card File CabinetI have lurked on this site for a number of years but have never posted a project. I didn't believe any of my projects were worthy enough to post when compared to all of the great woodworking that is posted. However, I am proud of my latest project, a “library card file cabinet” made for a friend. She had looked for a couple of years but couldn't find what she wanted so I agreed to build it for her.The dimensions were made to fit her foyer and are 44”h x 49”w x 12”d. Stained white oak (per customer) finished with 4 coats lacquer for everything except the pullouts and top which are satin Arm R Seal. The 36 drawers just about kicked my butt! This definitely added to my skills and has given me confidence to try more furniture projects.



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Inexpensive Solar Light Grave Markers

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Inexpensive Solar Light Grave MarkersMy wife lost her mother at the end of last year and a buddy of mine lost a infant granddaughter… Made these solar powered grave markers for them to use until the headstones were set in place . The landscape lights are just a few dollars apiece at any big box stores and fully self contained. I just disassembled them then attached to the crosses using lag bolts and a washer. Didn't have the room for the little girls full name to be routed on that cross so I ordered a brass plate to go on it instead. A simple and inexpensive way to show your respect.



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Keepsake boxes

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Keepsake boxesThis was a simple but sweet project. A friend's family used to gather in a walnut paneled room every day to watch TV, read and talk. There was some leftover paneling stored in their garage. His mother passed a few years ago and his father died this past year. The extra scraps of paneling were kept when they sold the house. He asked if I could build keepsake boxes of whatever design I came up with. He wanted a dozen as Christmas gifts for family members this year. The only criterion was that most of the box had to be made from the walnut paneling. Above are 6 of the boxes drying after a finish was applied.



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Table Centerpiece

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Table CenterpieceI love how this table centerpiece turned out. This flower center piece is designed for bottles that are 7 1/2” tall. We bought Fever-Tree premium ginger ale drink and used the empty bottles for this project. I burned the wood using propane torch to give it that texture look and than stained it with Minwax gray color. I used the same burning method to make our king size headboard. Find the free plans at TheDIYPlan and enjoy building!



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Clock for my Other Uncle

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Clock for my Other UncleAfter making the first clock for my older Uncle and Aunt's 50th wedding anniversary, I went back and began making this clock for my Uncle I had never met yet. Although it's been delayed for various reasons, I finally brought it over to the house today to wait until i can deliver it to him hopefully sometime in the next month or so.My Uncle, a retired Master Chief Petty Officer, Radioman, served on several subs notably the second USS Finback SSN 670 while his wife, my Aunt, is a retired Senior Chief Petty Officer, Personnel, who served many years on the USNS Comfort hospital ship.



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live edge mirror

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live edge mirrorMade this black walnut live edge mirror from a piece of wood that's been sitting in my shop for years. I'm on a mission to use up some of these pieces of wood that have been in the way for to long. I put this one up for sale at my restaurant for $48 and it sold in the first hour, guess I should have asked for more.These live edge projects have been very hot for me, going to try to make some inventory for the holidays.



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Paper Towel holders

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Paper Towel holdersHere's an idea for some of that scrap wood that's just to nice to through out and collects dust for ever in your cut off bin. I can usually get around $20 for them and they don't last long around the holidays.



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End grain chaotic cutting board

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End grain chaotic cutting boardFinished up an end-grain cutting board today. The body of the board is made from purple heart, walnut, maple, and cherry and the border is walnut. All grain is vertical to make the board fully end grain.Cutting sequence:
1. Made 4 planks measuring 13x14x1.25. Glue/clamp/wait 24 hrs/plane.
2. Cut 1.25 strips. Rearranged and flipped 90 degrees. Glue/clamp/wait 24 hrs/plane.
3. Cut 1 strips. Rearranged and flipped 90 degrees. Glue/clamp/wait 24 hrs/plane.
4. Cut 1 strips. Rearranged and flipped 90 degrees. Glue/clamp/wait 24 hrs/plane.
5. Final cuts are 1 7/8. Rearrange/flip end grain up. Glue/clamp/wait 24 hrs/plane.Added a 3/4 walnut border. Routed in handles and 1/4 round over on all edges. Sanded 80/120/220. Coated with mineral oil. Measures 14x21x1.75.



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Custom cabinet run

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Custom cabinet runThis is a run of custom cabinets that I made. The boxes are 3/4” Baltic Birch and the solids are Poplar.I really wish I had a sprayer, but since I dont, this is completely hand painted.The scalloped shelf supports, while unconventional, really make these cabinet stand out as completely custom. It was a ton of work, but really pleased with the outcome.I included a “before” photo as well.



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Sandpipers for Sandpiper

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Sandpipers for SandpiperThis is a little decoration for the galley table on my new to me sailboat Sandpiper. I looked through a lot of photos before I found one I liked. It seems that sandpipers aren't particularly pretty birds on the ground. In flight however it's a different ball game.What really makes this special is the single piece of Indian Rosewood veneer that forms the background. I have a few pieces like this with the sapwood in the centre. (Perhaps you recognize it Elaine)The big challenge to this project was that it is inlayed into my galley table which is teak plywood with extremely thin veneer. It would have been so easy to sand through….Thanks for looking…Paul



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"Big Santa"

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"Big Santa"“Big Santa Painted!”
I completed painting this guy last night and i think he turned out pretty good. Not as good as the original by Harold Enlow, but I knew that wasn't very likely. But I still enjoy carving his rough outs and I learn quite a bit from each one and hopefully something will rub off one of these days. He is about 16 inches tall and six inches wide, so there is a lot of room for details. I did open his eyes up a bit, although they are still a little squinty. I was trying a technique that Vic Hood mentioned for making a happy eye. At least I'm happy! Thanks for looking!



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Alder Bowl

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Alder BowlThis is loose end that I had laying near the lathe for a while and I decided to finish it for the show tomorrow.
I got this big alder log from a firewood pile in Washington State. It was twice as long but it was very cracked so I cut off half of the height and burned it and still had some cracks to contend with in this piece. I filled them with powdered gold stone and CA glue. I'll never use that in a turning again unless I can just sand it. It dulled 4 bowl gouges to just clean up the fills. Actually the fleck in the gold stone does not show up very well in this small of an area.This bowl is 10” x 3” high and finished with Danish oil and buffed and waxed.Cheers, Jim



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Scrap Wood Redneck Cooler

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Scrap Wood Redneck CoolerNot much of a story. My daughter wanted a rustic wedding and a watering trough as a drink cooler. I can't just throw a metal tub on the ground and call it a day, so…I had a bunch of cut-off 2X4s laying around and got to work. The only “new” purchase was the trough and the hinges. I attached the tub to the base using metal roofing screws to keep it water tight and finished with a couple of coats of cedar deck stain/water proofing.By the time the reception was over, I had this one sold and had orders for a few more. Yes, the spigot is a working drain. It holds 8 full cases of soda and fifteen 10 pound bags of ice.



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Another Ornate Thingy

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Another Ornate ThingyThis is one more of Charles Hands Ornate patterns. Decided to cut it just to stay in practice, while I wait to receive some wood I ordered. Got it done just in time because the wood got here. I have a couple clocks I want to build so I will be busy this winter. By the way I have ordered wood twice now from Cherokee Woods located in California. I am ordering 1/8” and 1/4” stock, and what I have received has been top quality. Service is great also.



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Pencil Box

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Pencil BoxThis Pencil Box is a very simple wood project for kids to do at home. I had bunch of scrap plywood laying around from other projects so I decided to do something small and simple that my kids could help with. Find the free plans at TheDIYPlan



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Chess Board

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Chess BoardA chessboard made as a learning exercise in precision fitting. Tiles are black walnut and hard maple on a hidden plywood base. Boarder is a thin strip of oak with a leapardwood frame. Finish is several coats of poly varnish buffed to a high gloss finish.



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