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Repurposed Nabisco Biscuit Box Lid -

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Repurposed Nabisco Biscuit Box Lid - A solution for organizing pencils and note pads, and getting them off the counter was on my honey do list. This Nabisco display box lid was a recent find that my wife brought home. When she asked me what I could do with it, decided to kill 2 birds with one stone.Used resurrected barn board left over from a previous build. With a goal of making the box look old, I elected to hand cut dovetails ( first time). After assembling the box, it appeared to new, so I distressed it a bit with whatever tools were handy.In full disclosure, the first dovetails I cut on the wrong side of the line. Rookie mistake!!!!All in all, pleased with the outcome.



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Mystery Slab Sofa Table

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Mystery Slab Sofa TableRecently I bought a slab at a neighborhood Sale for $30. The seller was transparent and straight up with the add that he didn't know what kind of wood it was. From the photo posted, I thought it was Cherry and rushed right over to snatch it up. I knew it was a great find no matter the species, but if it was cherry it would have been an extra bargain. To my surprise, when I arrived to pick it up, I found out that this piece of wood was most certainly not cherry. It was far to dense, hard, and extremely heavy. Just feeling it, it felt twice a dense and heavy as white oak.After getting it home, I now needed to figure out what I would make with it. Personally, I've never really been a fan of live edge furniture, especially the river tables. To me, more often than not they come off as looking too much like someone encased beautiful wood inside plastic. Don't get me wrong, some pieces are quite nice, but I think it takes a lot of design effort and skill to make both epoxy and wood mediums play nicely together. I think maybe one of the things that gets me with river tables is the ratio of epoxy to wood, too much epoxy, no matter how elegantly done, distracts too much from the natural beauty of the table. Perhaps I'm just trying to justify my tastes, I don't know.In any event, despite not really being a big fan of the styles this piece seemed like a good candidate for such design. Besides, I've never made a river anything before, so at the very least, I'd get to learn some new skills. In the end, I, very satisfied with how it turned out. I still couldn't bring myself to put the live edges out, preferring the traditional furniture form for a more classic, and in my opinion, classy, aesthetic.Legs are made of poplar and mortised and tennoned together, simple shaker style design. Top is one slab cut in three pieces with black, pearled, epoxy pour 1.75 thick, 3 bow tie inlays on each side made of off cuts from same slab.After working with this wood Im reasonably certain it's Mulberry, but I can't be sure. Initially I thought it might be Osage Orange, and in truth, it might be. The only thing that gives me pause about it not being Osage is that despite it being incredibly dense, heavy, and hard, it was relatively pleasant to work with. I would have expected a dry Osage Slab to really make my tools groan, more than they did.Anyway, thanks for taking a look.



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The Dozer

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The DozerJust finished these two dozers by T & J's. The lighter colored one is mainly NZ Kauri with walnut tracks and exhaust etc,. The other one is mainly cherry with walnut tracks. Both have ebonized seat cushions and armrests.
For others who use T & J's plans make sure you read them all first as there are a few mistakes and if you get the parts kit with it be aware you will need an extra length of 5/8 dowel.
This model is on a larger scale than previous dozers. The tracks are a vast improvement but you will need to do a bit of head scratching to avoid the tracks from sagging between the top track support.



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