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Walnut end table

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Walnut end tableI had previously started a TV stand/cabinet that would have had a walnut top, but I decided to completely change the design, so I ripped the top in two and that is what started this project. It turned out a bit smaller than I had planned, and I left two sides a hair longer, but the top is about 16 on each side, stands about 24 tall. I also compromised on the legs, which I made with two laminated pieces. Normally, I would have used solid 1.75 square stock, but I had enough of these smaller lengths of walnut that had no other use.
Followed by anotherI once again used simple mortise and tenons for the skirts between legs. I wanted a floating top that I had never tried before, and for those supports I just used pocket hole screws. I didn't want tenons through the middle of the skirting, and I didn't trust shallow mortises that would have only gone through a half inch. There were other ways to have done it, but I tend to act impulsively on new projects.I cut 45 degree angles off the bottom face of the table, then cut a flat edge about 1/4 in. That's something I had been wanting to try out, I thought it would accentuate the floating top effect.My last project was a walnut coffee table made of a slab and filled in a large void with epoxy colored with black mica powdered pigment. I decided to have the end table match and used the same epoxy and pigment combo. I routed a 3/16 and 3/8 channel on all sides, criss-crossing them and then filling them with the pigmented epoxy, sanded them flush/smooth, and after assembly I applied 3 coats of General Finish's Arm-r-Seal. I plan on making a twin for the other side of the couch, perhaps an identical one to match, or maybe the same construction only in cherry.



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Mother's Day Bench

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Mother's Day BenchMy wife wanted a bench for the area next to our grill. It is a simple design using 1/2” all thread and washer stacks to hold the top together (saw the idea on You Tube where a guy built an outdoor dining table using the concept). The interesting thing about this is not so much the bench but the wood used in it. The legs are made from an ammo crate I saw laying behind one of our local gun shops. It had some references to Korea (see photo) and the wood was strange and had 40 million nails but my wife likes the rustic look with nail holes so all is good. The three smaller pieces on the top are from a huge crate we got equipment in at work from Italy. The wider piece on the top is cool because during the shelter at home orders because of the virus, my wife and I went driving around to just get out of the house and came upon a construction dumpster that had had this huge gnarly post sticking out of it. We pulled it out and took it home. It yielded some of the coolest wood I have seen. The closest match I could find was birch but I have never seen a 4×4 piece of birch-they might exist-never seen one. Anyway, it was meant for outdoors but my wife liked it so much, she decided to put it inside.



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Walnut and Padauk pizza peel

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Walnut and Padauk pizza peel A pizza peel that was made for an anniversary gift. It's 12.25 W, and 13 L, and 1/2 thick. With the handle then it's 22 long. I finished it with Watco Butcher Block oil.



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