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Kid's Garden Bench - Barn Boards & Pallets

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Kid's Garden Bench - Barn Boards & PalletsI picked up a small load of old barn boards, along with a few pallets last fall as they were next thing to free, and often come in handy for outdoor projects. The boards were all different widths (& thicknesses) so I wasn't going to worry about having everything symmetrical, and I'm sure the grandkids could care less. The legs are 4×4's from a couple pallets and the rest is all barn board. It's kid-size at approx. 41” wide.



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Farmhouse Furniture Desk

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Farmhouse Furniture DeskSeveral years ago a friend of our daughter asked me if I could use some more sawmill lumber. Of course I could use some more lumber. Turns out this lady had a good truck load of pine and white oak stacked in her yard. She simply wanted it gone. My son and I gratefully and gladly hauled it off. Over the ensuing years both my son (GrumpyCub) and I have each made numerous projects from this lumber. The lumber was quite a gift and much appreciated.Fast forward a few years and current COVID-19 pandemic has had many in our area working from home. Such was the case with the lady that gave us the lumber. She has for two plus months been working on her company computer, at home, on a coffee table. Three weeks ago she called and asked if I could possibly build her a desk. She had a picture from a popular internet site that represented the basic design features. She brought the picture by and we discussed desk size, shape, doorway clearance, material, finishes, etc. I told her I would build the desk for her.The plan is for her to apply the finish, white painted frame, and walnut stained top with clear – typical farmhouse look.The above pics show a portion of the lumber she gave us years ago stacked vertically in my shop, and two pics of the finished desk, ready for final sanding and finish. Except the two plywood shelves, the entire pine desk is made from her lumber. Assembly is pocket hole screws (first time using pocket hole screws), some glue up (top), and a few pneumatic finish nails.It was a fun build. If I receive pics of the finished desk, I will also post them.



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2 Small boxes

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 2 Small boxesover a month ago I made something with the 5/4 quarte sawn sycamore that I found. In the process I ended up with half a dozen cut-offs that I just couldn't bear to toss out. So one day I found some purple herat cut-offs that were meant to go into bowls but instaed I glued them together and cut them at 22 1/2 degrees and glued that group together and then that to a piece of 1/4” luan.
I've been moving it around for several weeks and finally decided it was going to be a lid for that box I hadn't made yet. Then I realized I had 3 pieces of sassafras about 12” long that I had inlaid some 1/4” square walnut strips that were cut-offs from some other job. It was decided that would be the body but first I had to laminate a purple heart strip to accept the lid that was already made. I had already decided that the lid would be a lift off seamless lid.
The purple heart box is 8 1/8” long x 4 3/4” wide x 3 1/2” high. I mitered the corners but the body walls are only 3/8” thick and I couldn't see a pleasing way the add splines so I drilled and installed 1/8” dowel rod for corner support. I put a piece of dark blue velvet in the bottom in the hopes it would go ok with the purple heart.
The second box is pretty much the same story except the lift off lid is butternut inset in a rabbit with the unknown wood as a handle. The body ( walnut ) and the lid are resawn pieces from the Giving Hands Tree I made last year and the handle is a piece of the orange wood I acquired last week. This box is 8 3/16” long x 4 11/16” wide x 2 5/16” high not counting the handle which makes it 1/2” higher. This box got a piece of red felt on the bottom and with 1/2” walls I used 1/4” dowels for corner support and has the seamless lift off lid.
The only thing I can say about the orange handle is that it cuts easy, shapes well, sands beautifully and feels like waxed glass with a finish. Even tho you can see plenty of grain configuration there is no grainy feel at all. smooth like babys well you know.here's a couple body pics
Purple Heart corner
walnut/sassafras box

Thanks for looking and I'm still searching for a species name for the orange wood.
Comments and build help is always welcome.



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