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Time to try a few inlays

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Time to try a few inlaysThe first picture is canarywood over purpleheart with a crushed yellow marble. After cutting the grove for the inlay I painted it black because the CA is clear and it needed to be dark for contrast. I don't know if I'll use a marble again, I had glass shards in my fingers for days.The second picture is something I tried by using 2 pieces of 14-2 copper wire. I put one end of the 2 wires in a vise. I put the other end in my drill and spun the copper until it was wound tight. I hammered it flat and wrapped it around the ring. I had to use a dremel to remove parts of the links to make it look like it is a solid ring of copper. After I glued it in place I put it back on the lathe and sanded the copper down to be flush with the wood. I'm pretty sure I won't be making another one like this. It's not worth the time it takes to get this right.The next photo is cherry and walnut with some random stone I picked up outside and crushed to use as an inlay. I mixed the stone with some glow powder. The powder is supposed to glow for 4-8 hours.The last photo is the same ring with the lights off.



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Raiseed bed planter

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Raiseed bed planterI have not been on vacation.Building raised bed planters and yard benches.All made from mostly—”rescued” lumber; some from all RESCUED materials.Still a lot of work and the cost of the screws is also higher than most realize.I build sturdy enough to easily support about 300 pounds. All cross braced and pilot holes drilled for the screws too. No nails used of any kind.



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quick and dirty farmhouse coffee table

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quick and dirty farmhouse coffee tableMy wife wanted a coffee table a little bit bigger and a lot less… cheap than our $20, 10-year old, rickety IKEA table. I've had it on the list for a long time, but we had something that worked so it wasn't a priority. That is, until she couldn't take it anymore and promised I could make a “good” one later if I could just make something quick that would better suit our needs right now. I agreed, but I didn't get it in writing… The result is the table you see here.She loves the Joanna Gaines farmhouse style, so I did some quick internet searching and put together this design based on a number of different ones I've seen online, probably mostly Ana White, but a couple others too. Size was dictated by 1) space and 2) preference. Otherwise, here are a few design decisions I made.1) My goal on this project was speed. Quick and dirty. Easy joinery – pocket holes. Simple design – frame and tops. Simple materials – all 2×6 from home depot; I actually wanted pine for the “rustic” qualities it brings to the style with age. The kids are doing a wonderful job accelerating the natural patina timeframe :D.2) I made the x-bracing two complete, separate pieces. All the designs I found online had one functional angled piece and the other was chopped in two and brad nailed on. This thing wasn't coming apart any time soon, but I didn't want to sacrifice quality/ strength when leaving them whole and offset would be just as easy and stronger, so that's what I did there. I originally wanted to do half-laps on these to put them in the same plane, but it went against the quick and dirty approach I wanted here.3) I tongue-and-grooved the tops because I just can't leave well enough alone. Had I the time, I would have done breadboard ends, but way too complex for this project. I couldn't glue the tops together because I didn't want to account for wood movement when attaching the top to the frame. I didn't like the deck-board look where you could see through gaps between each board if I screwed them down and left room for movement between them. So, I did tongue-and-groove and screwed each board down in the center. There is room for expansion and contraction between each board and it looks like one solid piece (you can't see between the boards). Yes the grooves attract crumbs, etc, but it's easy enough to vacuum out IMO.In the end, this construction lumber really is terrible. It felt pretty dry but alas was nowhere near it. I'd have been pretty upset on any other project, but it fit the bill for this one. I actually like how it made the tops a little uneven here and there. But it was baaad…Also, leave it to me to screw up the easiest joint in the craft (facepalm)...I used a mix of sunbleached and weathered gray stain by Varathane and 3 coats of water based poly (GF high performance) for the tops, a coat of shellac primer and a couple coats of white paint for the frame.



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