The Woodshop Shed

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

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Walnut & Epoxy Coasters

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Walnut & Epoxy CoastersThe wife asked If i would start thinking about making some Christmas gifts. It's a little early, but hopefully there won't be any last minuter scrambling.I made some Epoxy and Walnut coasters with a little caddy. Got a few more to do before Christmas gets here!Hope you all are well!~Ed



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Framed

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FRAMED The old family photograph that needed a new frame was an odd size, 10-5/8 in. by 11-3/8 in., so I knew I couldn't buy a frame to fit. Starting with a length of straight-grained oak, I used a combination …Source

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large cherry serving tray

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large cherry serving tray Nothing special, just an “extra” sized serving tray made of cherry and Baltic birch. the miters are reinforced with brass pins and I also made the handles out of brass rod. It's a simple tray but i like the combination of the cherry and brass.



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Another hatchet handle

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Another hatchet handleI've looked for a brush axe for several years. Recently one came up on eBay at a good price and it even came with this little plumb hatchet head and sheath. The axe requires some repair and is at a friends house that it a welder. So to kill some time I made a handle for this little guy. The handle is just a straight grained 2×4 pine cause I don't have any hickory handy. It measures a exact 21inch long. Possibly a bit to long for this head but it handles well (pun intended). I torched it cause I like the dark color and coated it in some dark old English stain and coated it heavily in BLO. It's pine so I'm sure it'll need replaced sooner rather than later but at least now I have a pattern. I dug very deep into the handle making discussion on a forum a while back and one fella said something that makes sense. He said something along the lines of if I'm making the handle I can make it from anything I want and if it breaks I'll just make another. And as PaMac says it ain't gotta be perfect, it just has to be. And be it is, it cuts like a dream.
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Simple bandsaw circle jig

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Simple bandsaw circle jigI wanted to do some creative turning after seeing some interesting bowls and spindles turned with laminates running through them. After being turned, they reveal cool sweeping patterns. One such layout requires indexed curved cuts through the rough stock, with laminates glued into place before gluing the stock back together as a whole. All this means I needed a circle cutting jig for my bandsaw. After looking at a couple of commercial jigs, I decided I'd make my own.I started with a piece of 3/4 scrap ply that overlays the BS table. My saw has a miter slot on the left of the blade, so I mounted a snug fitting runner on the edge of the ply. After cutting a zero clearance slot, the jig provides a sled-like platform for a project to rest on while being cut, and allows odd sized work to be fed into the blade on the 'sled' before the circle cutting action starts. A cutoff piece is anchored near the rear of the table with a clamp to provide a stop for the jig as you slide the project into the blade. Because the whole jig slides on the runner, and the stop limits that movement, it's infinitely adjustable to insure the cutting tips of the blade are properly aligned with the sliding center pin. If the feeding action of the 'sled' isn't required, a clamp on the front end of the table anchors the jig in place.I cut a perpendicular dado and mounted a piece of T-track into it. A piece of 1/2 steel flat stock slips perfectly into the track making a sliding rail. Into that flat stock I drilled and tapped two holes, one on each end. A 5/16-18 or a 1/4-20 threaded hole transfer 'punch' can be threaded into one of the holes. The punches provide two different sized pins for work to be placed on and act as a pivot. The small pin produces a shallow indent for projects that don't require as much holding strength. The larger pin sets deeper and holds more fast. For larger (taller) projects, a piece of appropriately sized thread stock can be sharpened and placed in the slide to provide a deeper pin for even better holding power during the cut (maybe for tall bowl blanks and the such?). I placed a used up adhesive-backed steel rule from another project next to the t-track to measure radius from the blade. Once the slide is in the proper position along the rule, the pin/punch can be threaded down tight against the track to hold the slide in place. This is backed up by a small threaded knob that tightens from underneath. Combined, the slide is rock solid.I've only done some preliminary cuts on it, but it sets up very fast, is very adjustable, very stable and works as expected! Now I'm looking forward to making some blanks with it.All made from scrap or tools already on hand, so that's pretty cool. Just finished with paste wax.



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Figured Redwood Bench

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Figured Redwood BenchCame across this incredibly figured 8 foot long 30 in wide Redwood slab. A little too small for a dining table, but it makes for a great bench. Penofin rosewood oil finish



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glass inserts for kitchen cabinets

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glass inserts for kitchen cabinets Hey Lumberjocks
I thought that I would post a picture of a recent commission job. I was contacted by a client and a local glass shop to help retrofit glass into upper kitchen. Pretty simple and straight forward and has led to repeat business. As someone who is working on commissions I try to be open to most jobs. Creative jobs or jobs that you're given total freedom are great… but sneaking in the small jobs that changes a client's kitchen are enjoyable as well.
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Greg



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Box for Freud Dial a Width Dado Set

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Box for Freud Dial a Width Dado SetAnother box for another great tool. Like the Veritas router plane earlier, I couldn't stand to see the Freud Dado set banging around in that flimsy plastic case it came it. I found others here have made wooden boxes but for the most part they replicate the Freud box geometry and use a lot of plywood in the process. I wanted something more compact, since the Freud box is half filled with foam and spacers. I also did not have a lot of plywood in the scrap bin. This box is what I came up with using some old poplar boards found in the cut off bin. I used 5/8” diameter dowels to hold the blades in position. Tooth positions are staggered using the three upper dowels to keep the carbide edges away from the neighboring blades and only touching wood. The circular outer blades are inserted using their collar bosses to space the cutting edges away from the chipper blades underneath. A small ring of 1/4” thick foam holds everything in place when the lid closes. The Freud hex wrench doubles as a carrying handle. The finish is a couple coats of Minwax spray on poly, also a left over from an older project. All the box parts, including the finger joints and carving, were done on a CNC with some minimal chisel cleanup to square the cutting tool radius.Why a frog? Because I used a Gecko earlier, and wanted to be different this time.



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Bowl w/Praying Mantis Friend

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Bowl w/Praying Mantis FriendAfter trimming up a tree in the front of the house… and playing with
Fred, the Praying Mantis. This is what I was able to get done today.Spalted Maple
7 1/4” x 2 1/4”
Friction Polish



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Child's Study Desk

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Child's Study DeskI built this desk for my granddaughter Peace's 6th birthday. (Her birthday is in December, so I'm trusting you guys to keep this quiet.) Poplar, baltic birch plywood, and cork.



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Freemont Nightstands

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Freemont Nightstands When I first saw photos of Darrel Peart's Freemont Nightstands I thought they were BEAUTIFUL! When I saw the Wood Whisperer Guild had these nightstand class available I decided to purchase it. Although the description of the class indicated it was an advanced project, I decided to tackle it.
I decided to make the nightstands out of cherry wood with the carcass made of cherry veneered plywood. The Greene and Greene style plugs and bars were made of ebony. I finished the tables with Arm-R-Seal satin.
The project was challenging at times, figuring out how to do certain tasks. Made numerous mistakes, but that is the learning process. All in all I was very pleased with the outcome and the journey to get there. After finishing I couldn't see putting the nightstands in my bedroom. Instead they live where I can see them while awake!
Thanks to Darrel Peart for recording the class and Marc Spagnuolo for having the class available in the Wood Whisperer Guild.
And thank you for taking the time to look at my post.



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Entryway Shoe Bench

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Entryway Shoe BenchI made this for my mom a few months ago to replace another (much larger, 'modern' style) shoe bench I made for her last year. It's made from pressure treated lumber that my brother got from work a few years ago, plus the absolute last of my pine scraps (trying to be extra scrappy during the lumber shortage.. thank goodness it's ending).The sides are assembled with mortises and tenons, and the stechers are dowelled.I did the top as a solid butcher block-style which I think makes a strong visual impression, and the shelves are thinner pieces on a piece of MDF They're pocket screwed in (any suggestions for a longer-lasting, hidden attachment method?). Those are finished with danish oil topped off with some polyurethane and the black is all spray paint from a can over primer.I was aiming for clean/fairly modern, simple and high-contrast… definitely some more cleanup work I could've done but overall I'm pretty happy with how it came out.I'm about to start producing these for sale… wish me luck!



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*Hot Rod Ford Truck with a very much Rat Rod stance.*

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*Hot Rod Ford Truck with a very much Rat Rod stance.*Hot Rod Ford Truck with a very much Rat Rod stance.This is my second major Lockdown Stay at Home orders project to keep busy, motivated and sane, as next week is week 10 of potentially now 15 weeks of isolation; thank goodness for a shed and a woodworking hobby.So this build had to be something different, along with a blog to keep the project going smoothly plus some smurf fun.https://www.lumberjocks.com/crowie/blog/132735Materials/Timbers used in this 50 to 60 hour scratch built project are as follows:Chassis is Spotted Gum
Engine is TallowWood with a Western Red Cedar stripe
Radiator is Merbau
Cabin Sides & Rear is Western Red Cedar
Cabin Roof is 'misc' Fruit Tree offcut
Exhaust Stacks are Walnut with Tassie Oak outlets
Rear Tray/Bed is Merbau - inside measurement 10 [270mm] x 6 [170mm]
Sides of the Rear Tray/Bed are Walnut
Bumper Bars Front & Rear are Walnut
Front Wheels are Red Gum with shop bought axle pegs, S/S Washer & Nylon Washer - 2 5/8dia[65mm] x 1 7/8wide[50mm]
Rear Wheels are Tallow Wood with shop bought axle pegs, S/S Washer & Nylon Washer - 3 dia[90mm] x 2 wide[70mm]
Front Mudguards/Fenders are Tallow Wood
Rear Mudguards/Fenders are Spotted Gum
Side Steps are Spotted Gum
Blower is Red Gum with Zebra front mounted on a 1 [25mm] Tassie Oak dowel
Fuel tanks - Meranti body with Merbau bands and axle peg filler
Headlights are Tassie Oak plus a half a timber bead
Front & Rear Lights on the Bumper Bars are Shop bought
Cockpit area is Walnut Console and Blue Gum Seats with shop bought Steering Wheel, homemade T-bar gear shifter, homemade accelerator & brake pedals, homemade gauge cluster & glovebox.
Ford Oval, Ford V8 and Peterbilt badges are Lapel Pins
The Large Laser Cut Ford Logo on the rear bumper was kindly made by Alex [aka LBD]
Finish is my homemade Wipe-On-Poly, 3 coats [30% Tung Oil, 30% Mineral Turps, 40% Clear Satin Polyurethane]Measurement:
Length - 22 [560mm]
Width - 8 [210mm] . Width at rear mudguards - 10 [270mm]
Height of Cab - 7 [180mm]



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Door harp #2

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Door harp #2I'm trying to incorporate the soundhole as part of the picture. It worked out reasonably well here.



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Bundai - Japanese Writing table

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Bundai - Japanese Writing tableYes another Japanese project. Around halfway through making my Japanese Incense chest, check it out here I decided to make a full suite of Incense (Kodo) related woodwork items to go with it. The two main pieces were a writing table – Bundai, and a document box – Ryoshibako . Antique sets of these are seen for sale by Christies, and Bonhams at fabulous prices.To ensure these additional pieces were an obvious set I used the same teak parquetry pattern, with walnut stringing, shell dots and a teak crossbanding boarder.While the short legs may look odd, one must remember that Japanese people lived at floor level sitting on the floor rather than on chairs. Hence a writing table was for use while sitting on the floor.Apart from the time consuming task of creating the teak parquetry the rest of the table was quite straight forward.
Several features of this Bundai are typical of the ones made continuously from the late 1600's to late 1800's.. This table top is veneered plywood, and the typical bracket legs are also teak veneered plywood. A couple of other features are typical of these antique writing tables. The ends of the table top have moulded raised strips, and there are brass etched reinforcing pieces on the corners and on these raised strips. The etched brass was sourced from Israel!The construction was straight forward using dowels to join the legs and the raised end strips to the table top. Blind holes in the legs and sides of the table top, with through holes in the table top ends so that the dowels could go up into blind holes in the raised end strips. I used a simple dowel jig to ensure all the holes lined up.As ever thanks for looking. If you missed the Incense chest that prompted me to make this table, then check it out here. I think you will enjoy it.



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Improved Counter-Racking for Vises

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A few years ago I wrote about Ha-Khoret's wooden bench vise and its embedded feature which prevents the notorious jaw racking syndrome. Vise racking happens when clamping a workpiece on the right (or left side) of the jaws, and while …Source

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Make a Strop for Sharpening

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For the ultimate edge, use a leather strop. I have a special set of chisels that I only use for paring. To do a good job, they have to be wicked sharpand stay that way. My secret weapon isn't a …Source

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Microwave cart from pallet wood

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Microwave cart from pallet woodMy son needed a microwave cart.I broke down some pallets, got some iron wheels, and 1/4 inch pipe. I used my shopsmith 510 to make the cart. It matches the coffee table and dining room table I made for him.



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Vase for Dried or Artificial Plants

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Vase for Dried or Artificial PlantsPiece of Eastern Red Cedar from one of my trees – dead for four years. 9 1/2 X 3 3/4 inchs. Sanded to 400 then Triple EEE, finished with a couple coats of buffed wax. Cedar is hard enough to work and this piece had different sizes of knots, hardnesses, and wild grain which made it a little more difficult than usual. Had to work it slower than usual, but it came out pretty good. Setting at my mother's house now. I burned in two lines to offset the verticle grain a little.



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Tiller Firetruck

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Tiller FiretruckThis is my 36” long tiller, ladder firetruck It is based after Anchorage's tiller firetruck. The ladder is a double extension reaching 36”. It also has a full interior in both the tractor and tiller. The ladder swivels on the same axis as the trailer so the platform on the tractor works in conjunction with the ladder.



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Anybody for a round of golf?

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Anybody for a round of golf?The 3D model came from Stetchfab. After I carved it, I coated it with Bronze Metal Power. The golfer stands 16-inches plus additional 4-inches for the golf club. Since the club and hat was very thin, I 3D printed those.Gary



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Windows for a Summer Cabin

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Windows for a Summer CabinHi LJ's. Hope everyone is doing OK out there…While digging thru some old photos, I stumbled across this project from 4 yuears ago. My in-laws have a summer cabin that desperately needed new windows across the back side of the structure. The old windows were “fixed” and could not be opened. So, I volunteered to make some new ones.It was a fun project. I used clear, straight grained Douglas Fir with loose tenon joinery and water proof glue (Tite Bond 3). I purchased an adjustable Sash and Door router bit from Rockler that made a nice edge profile and recess for the glass. The side hinges are recessed into the window frame and screwed directly to the window jamb. I primed and pained all the parts before intalling the glass with silicone and quarter round mouldings. The windows don't leak and have held up well through some nasty winter weather. Picture #6 shows a corner shot of the cabin that includes 3 additional side windows I made a couple of years previously. Same basic construction, different size/configuration. Questions and comments always welcome. Thanks LJ's…Optional reading – Just a little history on the cabin itself – The property was homesteaded in the late 19th century and has been in the same family (my in-laws) ever since. The foundation/basement was build in the early 1970's and was out-fitted with a rudimentary roof. In 2009, my brother decided that we should build an upper story and make it into a more usable structure. So, we designed and built the top floor. Fortunately, the foundation/basement was in fantastic shape. The first summer, we put up the framing, sheathing, and roof. The second summer, we intalled the board and batten siding and windows. We stained and painted everything and the cabin has been a fun family retreat every since…



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Cherry Living Room Tables

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Cherry Living Room TablesI used the Woodsmith Plans for the end tables and designed the small table myself to go with them. You can tell that the end tables were built last year by how much darker the cherry has aged. The small table will catch up in a few months. Not sure I got the proportions on the small table quite right but it is growing on me. Do you think that I made the aprons too big and the top too small? It is amazing how a little change can make a difference. You may notice that he legs on the small table are tapered on all four sides and fluted on two sides, this came out quite nice I think.



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Office Cabinet

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  Store office necessities in style. This handsome little cabinet just might solve the universal problem of never having enough drawer space. Small enough to tuck under a desk, it's also designed to stand on its own, and its wide …Source

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Restored 'teachers' chair

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Restored 'teachers' chairThis is my wife's new “teacher's chair”. She's home schooling our two grandkids, and needed a swivel chair to sit on while teaching.This particular chair belonged to her father, Paul, who used it in his home office for many decades. The chair fell into disrepair and was salvaged from a trailer full of trash.The metal mechanism (swivel/tilt) was in good shape, as was the backrest. But the seat and the legs needed to be replaced. These I built our on new red oak.New castors completed the job. The chair was stained and topcoat with Varathane clear finish.The colors were chosen to match the two desks I made for the grandkid-students in their classroom (in our home).My wife's father was a professor of engineering, and so it is fitting that his favourite chair would pass on to his teacher-daughter.



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The Magic of Masking Tape

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Find magic in the mundane using this humble problem solver. One of the most important lessons I've learned as a woodworker is to never underestimate the seemingly mundane. I have found great utility in common household materials: old Tupperware, measuring …Source

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Chicken Coop

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Chicken CoopMy son asked me to make him a chicken coop. I have access to pallets, so … I took the bottom off and connected them together. I filled in the gaps in the slats with other slats. I put a floor in it and slopped the roof. When it was completed, I loaded it on to a rented trailer and hauled to his farm and off loaded it.



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Doll Cradle

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Doll CradleMy grandaughter didn't have a cradle. We had a pattern from a 100 year old cradle, so I used it for a sample. I made the risers and the cradle separately using my Shopsmith Mark 510. It's a Christmas present she still plays with.



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Snake

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Snake Due to lockdown, my kids need entertaining a bit more than usual. So I chose an easy project that they'd love and can help build themselves.This project is so fun to hold in your hands and feels uncannily organic. A big hit with the kids, too (they want to make baby ones now – perhaps beyond my skill!Macrocarpa with a leather spine. The in-progress photo is the eel my 11yo daughter is currently making for herself. (we don't have snakes in NZ, just native eels, which are loved by everyone).From https://woodworkingmasterclasses.com/videos/snake/



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Small mesquite valet - hand tools

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Small mesquite valet - hand tools In July we spent some time with friends in Texas at their ranch. They graciously gave me some mesquite so I made this valet for their guest room from a few pieces of that mesquite. I've been wanting to get more into hand tool builds so this was a project for trying. The material is mesquite with a simple Purple Heart band for interest. I intentionally left some of the imperfections in the wood to capture a rustic Texas feel for the piece. and my miters were a bit imperfect as well. Always room for improvement, but overall happy with the finished piece.



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Basswood carved box

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Basswood carved boxThis box has been kicking around my workbench for 6 months, unfinished and banished to my “what was I thinking” pile. I actually was pleased early on with my carving but I went down a bad color path with the milk paints and never could get the desire to put a knob/handle on it until today.
I came up with this rather whimsical handle to put the project to rest. It's got some merit to it as a seasonal decoration and I really enjoyed carving in basswood but it's a lesson in what color can do to your work… sometimes it enhances and sometimes it's a dud.
Appreciate all comments,
Tom



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Excavator on wheels

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Excavator on wheelsIn 2018 I made a excavator on tracks. From the start I had the idea to make one on wheels too, but until now it hadn't happened. The upper part is the same as the one from 2018.
I used eropean oak for the tyres, hornbeam for the rims, merbau, yellow poplar (tulp wood), wenge, beech and cherry wood.For you as a LJ member I have made a discount code which is backtoschool21 Using this code at the check out you will get a discount of 5,—for purchase of the Excavator combination (Excavator on wheels and excavator on tracks) You only can use this code for the combination. Feel free to pass this code on to others. This code is valid for a week!Thanks for watching



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Chisel Storage/Carrying Cases

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Chisel Storage/Carrying CasesI made two carrying/storage cases for my wood chisels. I used pine, and all the joints are hand-dovetailed. These cases have really come in handy, especially when transporting the chisels to a sharpening facility.



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Jigsaw Puzzle Cart

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Jigsaw Puzzle CartJigsaw Puzzle CartI made this for my wife who is a big fan of jigsaw puzzles.Part of her process is to sort out the pieces onto cookie sheets.This cart provides storage for six cookie sheets plus there are two drawers.I used existing drawers from a dresser. The body is made from plywood and pine.The top is granite that I hade left over from a bathroom remodel. This was my first time cutting granite. I used a angle grinder, 4” diamond cutting wheel and a 4” diamond cup wheel.



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Stopped Cuts Made Easy

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This extra-long mortising fence helps you cut blind joints in your work. Cabinets and furniture often have blind joints dados, grooves or rabbets that are stopped at one end so you can't see the joint on the outside …Source

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steel work sorry not wood apologize big fish

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steel work sorry not wood  apologize big fish helo every body wood its no steels but wor its work sorry me change of the wood but me english is still absuteli wrong but love thatrcomunications



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"Wave" bowl

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"Wave" bowlThis is something I have been thinking about and finally tied it. Made from a block of jacaranda that has been drying for about 1 year. This was a simple bowl for the first try. Will have to try this again.



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Feeling silly today Tribute to Calvin and Hobbes

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Feeling silly today    Tribute to Calvin and HobbesI've been doing my cell phone stands, and got to feeling a bit mischevious. To those of you who remember the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, this will make perfect sense. Yes, that is a toy hair dryer in his 'hand'.



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Great Brewster Chairs

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Great Brewster ChairsGreat Brewster chairs one is built with all Maple the other is built with White Oak and Ash finished with aniline dye and Watco oil



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Holiday Plaque

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Holiday PlaqueThis House Believes is from a friend's late father who made a folk art Christmas plaque. From the original picture I was able to reproduce the fonts or the letters from the project with Vectric Aspire and Lightburn software. The white tile is laser engraved and painted- the frame is CNC'd from Medex a very durable outdoor MDF product (proven) the coated with a Pewter coating from Sculpt Nouveau https://sculptnouveau.com/Step 1. Design and cut the Laser and paint the white tiles.Step 2. Design, cut and coat the frame.Note on the backside: keyhole attachments slots , title and signed



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Nightstand. (Entirely from other project cutoffs)

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Nightstand.  (Entirely from other project cutoffs)Made entirely from cutoffs from other projects. Made the tile look on the top from 1/2 MDF and epoxy.
Classic drawer. No guides.
Finish is Rubio Monocoat



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Wood Books

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They're so easy and fun to make that you'll want a dozen! If you can't stand to throw away good wood, you've probably got a stack of short boards that are just waiting to become-who knows what? I've turned my …Source

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Vegetable and herb drying rack

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Vegetable and herb drying rackI made this with some old oak. It is 18×24x61 and has slots for 12 shelves. The screen wire is folded on all 4 edges and stapled to the bottom of each tray.



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RV Welcome Sign

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RV Welcome SignCamping sign with family name made to look like the residence camper. Used white oak & spar urethane finish.



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Convertible Step Stool Chair

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Convertible Step Stool ChairPlans from Woodworkers Journal. Made with red oak



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Repair Water Damaged Wood

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Work miracles on wood with oxalic acid. Watering a potted plant can be disastrous if the plant lives on top of something made out of wood. We've all seen the white spots and black rings that can result when water …Source

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More cutting boards.......

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More cutting boards.......Have had a lot of time to play in the shop during this pandemic. Here's a few boards I have made as gifts.



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Pong Inspired Bar-top Arcade Cabinet

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Pong Inspired Bar-top Arcade Cabinet This is a bartop arcade cabinet that is made mostly from walnut plywood. With a fully functioning arcade system that runs off of a raspberry pi computer and features hundreds of games across many platforms. The cabinet is based off of the old Pong arcade cabinet. I used The Wood Whispers plans found on YouTube as a starting point for this cabinet and modified his plans into this.



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Friendship shrine - thoughts to all my LJ friends.

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Friendship shrine - thoughts to all my LJ friends.Friendship shrine
thoughts to all my LJ friends.This project emerged out of friendships, that I made on LJ, some that grew over the years, some that vanished and some of them went into personal friendships, one even to a brother, with a different mother.This post is from the blog: https://www.lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/132738The background:
Over the years a lot of LJ friends, has send or given me little packs, some with tools, but for this story, most importantly with pieces of wood, from all over the planet and a lot of these pieces had just been collecting dust, as I had no idea, how to use them, others are long gone into projects.
So back in 2016 I decided to see if I could figure out a project, that could have all these pieces of wood incorporated and this is what gave birth to this project.The project:
I decided it had to be a personal thing for me, as it would hold this wood, that were given to me from others with love. After some weeks of thinking I decided that a man's shrine (valet), would be such a thing and that the word shrine, would have a sacred feel to it.
Next up were a wee time at the sketch block and the drawing table and the idea were born.
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1. Friendship shrine.
2. Wood from LJ friends.
3. Drawing the idea.
4. Making little drawers.
5. Finger joints.
6. Shrine before wax.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, I thank you all for your inspiration.Best thoughts,MaFe



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See Like a Designer

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Look for the 'bones' to observe how form defines design. It happens during almost every furniture design workshop. At the start of day two, a carload of students shows up 20 minutes late. One would think they'd be embarrassed, …Source

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Sound deadening panels for recording studio

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Sound deadening panels for recording studioThese are deadening panels for a friend's recording studio. They are walnut carcasses filled with insulation, finished with Danish oil. The fabric is some sort of weed barrier my buddy got at the home store. I stapled the fabric to the carcass then put the trim over it. One of these days I'll be credited on an album! What are the royalties for the sound panel guy? For the life of me I can't figure out how to post pictures oriented correctly, and in this case, I don't care.



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Grill Table Backsplash and cabinets

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Grill Table Backsplash and cabinetsGrill table backsplash I made with Red Cedar. Resawed the cedar and planed it to 1/4 in. then cut it into boards about 3 in. wide and added a bead with a moulding head on the table saw. If you take a close look it's obvious it was not a “professional” job, lol, but I have come to accept my humanity and realize that I am not a pro. Using solid wood as a paneling I should have left a little space for expansion, so it buckled a little in a couple of places. Still, I'm happy with it. Finished everything with three coats of Helmsman Spar varnish. I also made a beverage cooler to match. The plans called for using a certain size cooler with a drain in it, but I couldn't find that size – nor worries I thought – I had some 1 in. thick foam board insulation laying around so I cut it to size and glued it in place. Only later did I find out that foam board will absorb water, so now I'm going to make a plastic box to fit inside. Is there any other way to learn besides the hard way? Thanks for looking



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Charging Cradle

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Charging CradleCradle to hold a wireless charging pad and phoneCame from a need – the USB jack on my son's phone died, so he could only charge with the wireless pad. No problem at home, but hes'a always on the go, and in the car, walking, etc, it was very hard to keep the phone positioned on the charging pad.Goal was to make a cradle for the charging pad, cord, and phone, as light and compact as possible, that would hold the phone in the optimum charging position/location.Made from cutoffs, the two shaped cutouts from 1/2” thick 9-ply, and the bottom from 3/16” thick 5-ply.
I cut the shape of the phone in one piece, the charging pad with it's cord in the other, glued them all up, trimmed, sanded, and put a quick coat of poly on it.
My son uses it in his pocket and in the car, says it's working well.
Fun little 90 minute project.What I should have done is cut the charger notches in the middle of the sides all the way through the top piece, toi allow for lifting the phone out. As it is, you have to tip the cradle up on it's side or partially upside down to “drop” the phone out.



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Butterfly bookmark

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Butterfly bookmarkMore experiments with odd materials. The body of the butterfly is black pepper. I've experimented with cinnamon, paprika and other spices to spice up my projects (obvious pun intended).



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Mailbox 2.0

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Mailbox 2.0This is my mailbox 2.0. My version 1.0 got hit by a truck a while back. The first version was very similar to this one, which was an adaptation of Norm Abraham's new yankee mailbox. 2.0 utilizes a trex post sleeve and cap with composite everything else. My first version was made of Mdo plywood (which was a mistake). The Mdo would rot and I had to paint it often. I printed the address on a sticker, cut the numbers out, and spray painted the numbers on. Hopefully this one will last a good long time (provided no one hits it again).



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Lathe tools rack

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Lathe tools rackOver the past month, my shop had gotten even more chaotic than usual. I've had jury duty, and when I did get some shop-time, I wasn't taking the time to clean up afterwards.During my turning spree this spring and early summer, I had acquired a lot of lathe tools I didn't have any place for. So when I did finally get a little time, I decided to build a rack to hold them. A chunk of 1×12, a piece of 1×8, and a bunch of 1×4 pieces, some glue and some screws, and it's done.Holes in top of is are thanks to my new forstner bits and a little bit of chisel work for the really big scraper (a 40mm wide round) and I now have a nice home for the new lathe tools and a bit of expansion room, even. And then I added a new chunk of cleat to the wall to hold the tools at a better level for reaching when I'm working at the lathe.



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Patio table

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Patio tableMy wife noticed a few left over large format floor tiles and came up with an idea for a new patio table. The tiles are placed in position and not glued down in any way. The reason for this is so we can remove them for the off season and we will store the wooden table frame out of the way. We put wheels on the bottom of the 4X4 posts so we could move it around the patio. Wooden frame has been painted. The tiles are 3/8' thick so the table ribs are set with that in mind.



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Cypress Knee Santa's

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Cypress Knee Santa's I enjoy the fun things you can do with cypress knees. It is about time to start Chrismas gifts. These are some Cypress Knee Santa's I have done for past Christmases.



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My 10 year old grandaughter in the shop

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My 10 year old grandaughter in the shopI'm introducing my granddaughter to woodworking. The project is a doll sized Adirondack chair. I cut out the arms, legs etc. on the scrollsaw. She sanded the parts and I helped her glue them together. I wanted her to use the scrollsaw herself so I set up a sliding table with a stop for cutting the seat slats and back slats to length. This is a safe way to allow her to get familiar with the scrollsaw. She is loving it. Me too. :)Phil



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Make a Handle for a Marking Knife's Blade, Part 2

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Last week I showed how to make wooden scales for a marking knife's blade, then glue them in place, and this week we will see the culmination of this project. After removing the clamps I held the knife between a …Source

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Door harp

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Door harpThis is something new for me. I made the marquetry part, glued it to a frame and then shaped it. The pins at the top are cribbage pins and the tuners are made for zithers.



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Computer Work Station

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Computer Work StationMy grandson graduated college this year, got a job and an apartment, and needed a computer station to allow doing some work at home. Dimensions we agreed on are: 24” deep by 48” wide, and standard 30” high.The first two photos above are directly after delivery & assembly. The stairs and steps into his apartment make moving in large furniture difficult, so this is my first attempt at knock down furniture.Photo 3 shows how I designed the apron structure, the 4 apron segments secured to each other via a corner bracket. This made a sturdy structure that could stand on its own, however the top is fastened to this via traditional wooden clips or “buttons” as they are typically referred to, and made moving the assembly easy. Legs are then attached by 2 hanger bolts each, lag screw threads one end & machine screw threads other end. A simple jig was fabricated to help ensure proper alignment of the hanger bolts mounting holes:I originally used 1/2” by 2 1/2” screws, which came up short as can be seen in photo 3. I then switched to 5/8” by 3” hanger screws shown in photo 4, which worked fine. My mistake was to draw up the build using 3/4” wood, but I left the corner brackets at 15/16” for strength, which changed the bolt length required. Photos 5 and 6 show the grove plowed for the buttons and the top underside – a lot of these used for secure attachment & assembly but still allowing wood movement.The wood I used for the legs was aged cherry somewhere between 12 to 20 years, so it didn't match the top & apron assembly which was new lumbermill sourced. In order to help eliminate this I dyed the new wood with TransTint number 6003 – Reddish Brown, to some success:Now on to the next project. Thanks for viewing.



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William & Mary Table with Drawer

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Project #1923 Skill Level: Advanced Time: 1 Week Cost: $250 I'm not a fan of period furniture from England. The English emphasis on the horizontal conflicts with the American emphasis on the aspiring vertical that I find …Source

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Popeye note paper role holder

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Popeye note paper role holderJust another scrap wood project. I can't resist working with wood . Especially today when its 90 F + outside. My basement workshop is nice and cool . The main reason I made this is that I found a whole case of adding machine rolls, brand new. I had an idea one night (dream) that I could use the rolls for note paper. So I made pine trees at first, bears next, then Popeye . I give them away to friends and family too. If you look close you can see the routed holder in front for a tiny pencil.



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grill side table

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grill side tableI made this earlier this year but forgot to post. I needed a grill table so I decided to make one. It's pretty simple but just what I needed. The base is painted poplar and the top is a slab is a butcher block bought at s discount store.There isn't a lot of originality but it fit's my needs perfect. Mortis and tenon joints used. everything was sealed or painted,Happy Grilling Everyone!



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Turning Time - Legacy Willow Oak

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Turning Time - Legacy Willow OakTurning Time
White Oak hourglass Frame w/ Willow Oak Accents. 6” diameter x 10” tall.
Finished with Minwax spray lacquer.This is an art project partially made from an ancient 7' diameter Willow Oak that stood beside the Lyndon House Art Gallery for many years. Not sure how old it was before it was cut down. But they decided to have a wood art show made from the wood taken from the tree.And many agonizing days and hours later, I finally finished this project. The 20” diameter x 24” long piece of limb received had been lying on the ground for several years, and the outer 3-4 inches was fluffy with rot. I wound up with a 10-12” x 24 solid piece that I promptly split and painted so the end grain wouldn't lose moisture so quickly and split. 2 years later it had done so anyway. A soak in alcohol only hastened the process. And it went downhill from there.It's been quite the journey and I nearly gave up and quit multiple times. It was an exercise in perseverence.
I will only note that the astute among you will certainly recognize the mistakes. I'll not point them out.



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Hand-Harvested Sea Salt Serving Box

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Hand-Harvested Sea Salt Serving BoxIn our travels we've acquired various hand-harvested sea salts whose various containers have added to the clutter on the table. As a skill-building project I decided to make this 12x3x3 box with some curly maple I've been saving. I resawed the 4/4 maple to make the top and bottom and used Brazilian Cherry for the sides. The mitered corners are splined with the curly maple. The piston fit individual compartments are made with 1/4 hard maple. That way I can swap out salts without having to dump the whole box. The half moon handle is mortised to the elevated piece of the cherry which is their to provide contrast and visual separation from the curly top. It's attached to the top with brass screws. I'll put silica gel packets in each compartment to keep the salt from hydrating. Finish is Tung Oil. Individual compartments have no finish.



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Canisters & Recipe Box

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Canisters & Recipe BoxMy wife wanted simple kitchen canisters and a matching recipe box. Made these over 25 years ago, they've been repainted a couple times. She's an “all homemade” cook, so they've gotten a lot of use.Canisters
1/2” MDF, just glued together, no fasteners
The bottom and top plates are rabbeted to engage in all four sides
I cut each side as one piece for the container and lid, then cut the lid segment off each side piece so the lids match exactly for a tight seal when closed. You can feel the air pressure when putting the lid on, nearly airtight.
If you notice in the third picture, there's a red dot on the lid and the container. Turns out my assemblies are not perfectly square, so the dot indicates the alignment that fits perfect. :) Also that nasty looking red inside the lid, overspray from a time when we painted them red (90's kitchen theme)Recipe Box
1/8' hardboard, with tiny 1/16” rabbets for all corner joints
Assembled only with glue, I never expected it to last this long with those tiny 1/8” glue joints
Bottom and top rabbeted into each side.
Made it as one close box, then cut the top off.
recessed the hinges, which was fun in wood only 1/8” thick
Inside is kinda ugly with that raw rough masonite, but it works and my lady hasn't complained.



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Chippendale Chair

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Creative thinking and dirt-simple jigs make the joinery a straightforward task. Back to the April 2018 article index Full-Size Plan:Download I tend to think of Chippendale chairs as highly ornate. But there are startlingly simple examples of the style …Source

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50,000 Year Old Wood

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50,000 Year Old WoodThis project was a surprise. I purchased this wood because it had an exotic name. I had no idea that it could be 50,000 years old. I cut nicer then black walnut and finished brighter then bloodwood.Here's this weeks video: 50,000 Year Old Wood - BowlThanks



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Small Platter Made From New Guinea Rosewood

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Small Platter Made From New Guinea RosewoodI had glued together 2 pieces of New Guinea Rosewood and then with a Compass drew a Circle and cut it out on the Band Saw. I already had a Narrow Blade Fitted so it saved a lot of fiddling about removing the Wide Blade I usually have fitted.
It was trimmed and smoothed on the Lathe and a Tenon created on one side. By now the wood was quite light and it would hold in the Chuck. So I Turned the Front of the Platter and sanded and finished it with SHELLAWAX Friction Polish. Then fitted the Front of Platter to the 4 Jaw Chuck with Cole Jaws. Shaped Sanded and Finished with friction polish.The Timber is New Guinea Rosewood. Given to me by my Nieces Husband, who is a Builder and Saves Off cuts For Me.
The Diameter is 7 3/4 inches.
The Thickness is 5/8 inch.
The Finish is SHELLAWAX Friction Polish.Kind regards to all Lumber Jocks…...Cliff.



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Just passing time

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Just passing timeRetirement, the summer, and clean, fresh air….doesn't get any better. Picked up the Redheart turning block, (3×3 x 12), for a whopping $2.00!! I don't turn wood so I'll resaw it into workable strips for my needs.Woods: Eucalyptus, Ash, Poplar, Purpleheart, Redheart and Red Grandis.Backer board: Birch plywood.Frame: Enameled Maple.Finish: Gloss lacquer.



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Wartime Scroll Saw

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My grandfather made this foot-powered jigsaw during World War II. The Depression had taught him to be very frugal, so he built the saw from orange and grapefruit crates, which were made from hardwood. (You can see the words “California …Source

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owl cheese board

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owl cheese boardi made for a friend whose aunt loves owls. woods are walnut and ky coffee wood. comments welcome



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Cedar Walkingstick

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Cedar WalkingstickCedar walkingstick with a spar urethane finish.



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Curly KOA box

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Curly KOA boxI had 4 pieces of curly Koa just waiting for me to do something with it. A couple days ago I decided I was tired of shuffling it around form place to place and got started on it.
Getting the miters cut left me with 4 pieces 6” long and I didn't want to waste any more of it so that was going to be my box size.
Unfortunately, 6” is quite a spread for a one handed lift off lid so imagination had to get busy as well. I decided to make a front handle and inset it top and bottom on the front for lid orintentation so as to keep the curly appearance symetrical.
I just happen to have another piece of Koa 3/4” wide and 10” or so long and it wasn't curly but had very prominate dark lines thru it. A 3/4” router bit on the box and some hand sanding, a little glue and 1/8” dowel holds that in place. I also installed 1/8” dowels in lieu of splines to strengthen the mitered corners. I do feel it was a wasted effort for strength but it looks nice cosmetically but I did put them front and rear for appearance sake.
The box ended up 6” square x 3 1/4” high with a walnut insert for the top, laun bottom with leather glued to the inside. I broke my cardinal rule and stained the bottom outside because it looked terrible natural color.
I used 3/16” oak inside and 3/16” higher than the btoom carcus to hold the lid in place.
Overall, if it weren't for the Koa this would be just another box and in this case the pictures are an injustice to the beauty of the curly Koa. You'll just have to take my word on this one guys – in real time, it is spectactularThanks for looking and have a GREAT day !



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Colonial Apprenticeship

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A brief history of a not-so-romantic woodworking education system. Ever since the renewal of interest in woodworking in the 1970s, especially among amateurs and small-shop professionals, there has been talk of reestablishing an apprenticeship program similar to what existed …Source

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Box for Guitar Player

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Box for Guitar PlayerA dear friend was having her 50th birthday party last night. Her husband bought her a new Taylor acoustic guitar. She loves handmade gifts so I decided to make a box to hold picks, her capo, tuner and other related items.I milled down some cherry I had on hand and started. I found out her favorite color was purple and I just happened to have some purpleheart pieces that would work about perfect. An local laser engraver did the artwork for me.I added one coat of Watco cherry Danish oil and then two coats of General Finishes water based top coat. The box measures 10 X 7 X 4 1/2. Her husband suggested not using hinges so I used two rare earth magnets to hold it in place. they hold very well and makes it easy to open. It was given to her last night.Thanks for looking, Drew



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Stanley #66 Beading tool blade storage box

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Stanley #66 Beading tool blade storage boxI'd made a homemade scratch stock and a couple beading blades that I was never really all that happy with. So, I picked up an older Stanley #66 on eBay and bought the Veritas blade package for said scraper. The tool works great and I'm really happy with the slightly-thicker-that-OEM blades. But, now having a bunch of blades to keep track of, I figured I'd build a miniature chest to hold them in.I don't do too much really small work, so I learned a bunch about how to manipulate tools over small pieces of wood (ie: heavy use of double sided tape and larger boards to act as 'carriers' to be clamped in place). I also found, after my first failed attempt, that projects of this size are much safer built almost entirely using hand tools (I did use my smaller bandsaw for some of it, but mostly all hand tools). Being a hybrid woodworker (TM The Woodwhisper), I was pretty excited that this project turned out to be almost completely built without wearing earplugs! I used a router plane for the small grooves for the lid, a shoulder plane for all the miniature rabbets, a block plane for shaping the miters after milling the stock with a roughing plane and cutting the blanks to size with handsaws. And, of course, a small decorative bead on the lid using the new-to-me #66.The joints aren't nearly as tight as I'd expect from myself on a larger project, but it was really fun to do this whole thing (almost) completely with hand tools. I know that's a normal thing for some of you guys, but it's a new experience for me!!Scrap black walnut, finished with Danish oil. The lid slides into place and it's friction fit.



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No wine .. it's time!

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No wine .. it's time!The original image, on which the carving is based, came from a reprint of a series of water colors that were originally published in 1877 titled “Grapes and Grape Vines of California.” I was intrigued by the beauty of the “plates”, and chose one I felt would best be made into a carving. Originally I completed the one displayed then decided to to make a second copy and install them on bookends. I burned the second carving, mostly completed, (in frustration) when the cherry wood fractured at several fragile locations (because of the grain.) After several years I regretted that decision.
As with many of my carvings, especially those in hard woods, I prefer not to paint them and only use “neutral” stains and oils to protect them from weathering, etc.It is currently displayed at a place in the kitchen where I place opened wine for future consumption.



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Became a Grandpa on Monday, so I made a couple of rattles

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Became a Grandpa on Monday, so I made a couple of rattlesWell, my baby girl just gave birth to our first grandchild. A little girl, 3 weeks early named Magnolia Joy. I have been wanting to make rattles for as long as I can remember,so I got in the shop early and put these together. Finished in flax seed oil.



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Japanese Style Charcuterie Board

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Japanese Style Charcuterie BoardFor practical reasons & to save time, this charcuterie board project started with a premade heavy duty Bamboo cutting board I purchased online.I made a “floating” base so that at first glance the board looks unsupported. The style is to pay homage to the headers you may see in Japanese timber framing. I chose Quarter Sawn White Oak for the wood. Pocket Hole screws were used for joining the pieces together. And, instead of black laquer I “Ebonized” the wood with a home made iron & vinegar mixture & tannin rich tea made of powdered bark & hot tap water. This colored the wood a deep rich black tone. Then a top coat of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal was brushed on. The bamboo board was finished with Howard's Butcher Block Conditioner.



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Sycamore Vessel with pyrography

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Sycamore Vessel with pyrographyThis is a segmented sycamore vessel with a pyrography design. Approximately 12” in diameter by 10” tall.
I struggled with the decision to add color but finally decided to do it. Sprayed with Krylon UV lacquer and lightly sanded with 320 grit and paste wax to give it a little luster.



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Peterbilt Wrecker

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Peterbilt WreckerIt took awhile to get this done, but here it is…



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Shepherd's Axe

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Shepherd's AxeShepherd's AxeOriginally thought to be from the Carpathian Mtns and variously called ciupaga in Poland, valaska in Slovakia, baltag in Romania, among other names. Sometimes called fokos in Hungary, but that was probably a cavalry axe, not a peasant's tool. This axe served three purposes that shepherd's and I have in common:1) a walking stick.
2) a light duty axe for cutting small diameter wood. The shepherds used it for making windbreaks and brush corrals.
3) a weapon to poke aggressive animals.Made from a piece of ash, cane tip from Lee Valley, and hatchet head from McGowan(fire stone?).I learned more of my current limits with the drawknife, as the handle is a little lopsided due to tear out. Also made a boneheaded mistake, but have learned how to repair and hide repairs.I laid back the bevel because it was blunt and trimmed the beard to better fit my hand overtop, but now the sheath falls off. So I'll need to make a new sheath. Finish is 1:3 minwax dark walnut and red mahogany stain with three layers of poly topcoat. I expect to get rained on when hiking, so I wanted a little more protection than my usual finishes.



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Gold rush rock truck

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Gold rush rock truckJust like the ones they use on gold rush



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Make a Handle for a Marking Knife's Blade, Part 1

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There are plenty of high-quality marking knives on the market. Some have plastic handles, others come with wooden handle scales, and a third kind is just a simple thin piece of steel that was ground to an arrowhead geometry. Recently …Source

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New Hickory TV Table

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New Hickory TV TableThe planning for a new TV table to replace the existing particle board with silver spray paint started about 2 years ago. Drawings were worked on but not completed. DW and I knew we wanted to use hickory as our remodel and addition in 2001 has hickory cabinets and flooring.About 15 years ago I had a hickory entertainment center built for my widescreen TV, but the table to sit the TV on would add $400 to $500 more and we decided we would buy a cheaper alternative and wait until a future time.The Thumbnail photo shows the original entertainment center with our new table. My contribution is only the table that the TV sits on.The table is constructed utilizing hickory plywood, solid hickory for legs and aprons. Joinery is mortise and tenon for legs to aprons. The top and lower levels are fastened with Z-style table top clips.It currently has 3 coats on visible surfaces and 2 on bottom faces.The plan is to do one additional coat on all surfaces after the annual family trip to central Oregon which starts in a couple of days.It was fitted up and glued on the granite counter top in the kitchen. Only truly flat surface in our house.



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Sword handle

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Sword handleSo, here is the back story. No s*, there I was minding my own business when a friend walks up to me carrying a handless old sword, a scabbard in disrepair, and an inadequate amount of supposed African wood I did not recognize.Because we cannot see any marking on the tang, we have no Idea how old the sword actually is.At any rate, he asked me if I could repair the scabbard and make a handle for the sword.So, here is a bit of the process and the final product. Other then gluing the scabbard back together and attaching the top ring, we left it as is just in case.The center wood is cherry, the exterior wood is the supposed African wood, the guard is monkey pod, and the finish is General Finishes salad bowl finish.
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The scabbard
Unknown African wood – any ideas?
The chisel – LBD, I rotated it just for you!!
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Not perfect, but – tada.Thanks for visiting.



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Designing With Curves

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Getting off the straight path can be liberating. I can see it with my eyes shut: a curving stretch of highway snaking past Otter Cliffs in Acadia National Park. Each twist in the road opens up a jaw-dropping vista of …Source

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The Devil is in the details

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The Devil is in the detailsThe attached carving was designed as an entry into a wine/liquor cabinet, a project I was never able to complete for various reasons. The carving was in red oak, with a grain that emulated flames.My intent had been to have a keyhole at the back of the throat of the figure, a kind of adult (dark) “Alice in Wonderland” reimagined. (I think there was a key involved somewhere?) Now that I have the resources and tools (mostly) available, I wish I'd followed through. (“If wishes were fishes ..”)Perhaps someone with the materials, tools, skills and interest will consider completing the project and posting the result. I'd be willing to have the carving (locally) 3D scanned if you're serious about it.As an aside, I've displayed my carvings locally (several times), including this carving. I also displayed the “Imp” in our church “display cabinet”. There were no complaints!



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How To Prevent Kickback

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The fundamental rules (and devices) to keep you clear of danger at your saw. I once heard that 90 percent (or more) of all table saw accidents involve some type of kickback, where the work flies back at the operator. …Source

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Foyer Coat Hanger with Shelf

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Foyer Coat Hanger with ShelfI made this coat/hat hanger for the foyer of my house. The front door is directly to the right of the mounted hanger.I used cherry and walnut. The main frame is mortise and tenon with the slats using kind of a half-lap joint to get some dimensionality (mortise and tenons would have been too thin). The corbels are only mortised and tenoned on the walnut uprights and the top shelf is only glued to the cherry top rail. The shelf won't be holding much weight.This is the first time that I used metal keyhole discs for mounting. It was pretty easy.I posted a video of it, if anyone is interested.



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Little House

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Little House2 little carved houses. Left, Cottonwood branch. Right, sumac branch.



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Wedding gift card box

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Wedding gift card boxAbout 10 months ago I received a call from a follow woodworker asking if I could make a box for someone, my reply was yes. The customer gave me the dims of the size of the box that he wanted and the type of wood (Basswood) it was a wedding gift card box. After making a prototype from pine I was given the go a head. He did not want the box to be assembled as he needed to do some carving. – after 4 months he called me to let me know that he was finished carving and needed the box assemble. After seeing his work I was scared of making a mistake with the build. He also ask if I could make a tray for the inside of the box that can be used after the wedding. the name of the customer is Wayne and it is for daughter's wedding.
I had some challenges with the build but in the end it turn out perfect. Sorry for the quality of the pictures as like you all I'm a wood worker not a photographer.
Wayne has some special skills with the chip carving work that he does.Sorry, one more thing to add, the part that fits into the opening in the front of the gift card box will have the date carved into it once the date has been set for the wedding and put into place.



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Totara wedding band

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Totara wedding bandRecently finished totara wedding band. Totara is a native New Zealand wood that has good rot resistance. Finished with linseed oil and beeswax polish. The internal core is totara veneer.



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Lock Joint Holds Drawers Tight

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A good substitute for traditional methods, this joint is strong and easy to make. A couple of hundred years ago, most drawers were assembled with hand-cut dovetail joints - half-blinds up front, through dovetails at the back. But it's the …Source

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Arts and crafts end tables

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Arts and crafts end tablesThese arts and crafts tables are made with 3styles of mortise and tenons. Each table is built with 4 through tenons, 4 tusk tenons and 12 traditional mortise and tenons. 20 mortise and tenons each will really improve your skills. (However I cheated and used my dedicated mortiser). No nails or screws were used, instead I used ebony for the plugs to hold the through tenons in place. I used my recipe for the stain to match some antique arts and crafts furniture I already have.



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Cell Phone Stands

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Cell Phone StandsThese are some cell phone stands I've been having fun with. I've used cherry, mahogany, white oak, and tigerwood for the figures. Each stands about 5” tall. The bases are walnut.



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Stand for marble machine

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Stand for marble machineCompleted a stand for my marble machine.
Sapele frame, mottled sapele panels.



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Adirondack Loveseat

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It's just as comfortable as it looks. Editor's note: This article originally appeared in the May 2008 issue of American Woodworker There it was-an Adirondack loveseat-sitting right on the deck of the Tin Fish, a restaurant overlooking Lake Calhoun in …Source

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Table, chair, and bench with Greene and Greene accents

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Table, chair, and bench with Greene and Greene accents Completed table and chairs.This is the first time I used epoxy with dye for filler on knots and imperfections.Indent on leg and I tapered a curve on all four sides 2” from bottom.Completed chairFinal inspector



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pair of rolling utility carts

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pair of rolling utility cartsi have a VERY tiny laundry room, just big enough for a portable washer on one side and a wall-hung apartment size dryer on the other. it's only about 3' x 8', with a pair of 30” sliders allowing access. the water heater is in a cubby inside the “room”, and we store just about every odd & end you can think of, plus tools, xtra pots & pans, grill stuff, cleaners & a lot of junk.built 2 of these utility carts on double locking casters. each is just wide enough to roll through the door so we can get to the water heater. they are meant to store, side by side, under the dryer and will hold laundry baskets, all laundry detergents/soaps/cleaners in the large drawers on the bottom. then the household tools in the medium size drawers, and all sorts of stuff in the 2 top drawers.each drawer has full extension slides. used just 1/2” birch plywood for everything. all edges have edge banding (i've gotten pretty good at covering those ugly edges).since this room is so tiny and subject to moisture from the washer and dryer, i went with just plywood instead of solid wood drawer fronts.i had a little problem with the carcass racking as i moved it around the garage to work on the drawers. i ended up making a half-lap cross support that is attached at all 4 corners in the back. racking solved.this was my attempt at building full overlay drawers :)



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Sanding Bow

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Sanding BowSince I started turning on a lathe, I've noticed a distinct loss of fingerprints when sanding. Mostly at the lower grits, I sure manage to heat up my fingers quick! I went looking for a solution and found the sanding bow. Who knew? Before someone starts with the whole hold the sand paper with two hands so you don't press your fingers into the work.yes, yes, you're right. But once I saw pics of a sanding bow I just kinda wanted oneyou know, so I can sand and eat a sandwich at the same time or something. Anyway, after some study I pushed together some ideas and made this guy. It uses two slotted dowels, one forward and one rear, to friction wrap the paper so it stays in place and an elevating cap piece to apply tension.The cap has a hex bolt epoxied in the bottom, which runs through a hole to a nut captured in a walnut dial.Through trial and error I found 20 is the magic length for the 1 wide paper. This lets me get one full 360* rotation easily on each dowel and have just a bit of slack left, which is taken up by the elevation cap.Built of a chunk of scrap maple I'd laminated together for another project. Finished with spray lacquer because it was easy. This one yields about +/- 8 of sanding area, which I've found also works very nicely for finishing round over work as well as on the lathe. I might build a bigger one at some point, but this one seems to be about right for right now!



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Cherry Picture Frame

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Cherry Picture FrameBack in the before times I took a class in (using) moulding planes with Matt Bickford at Lost Art Press. At the end of the class, I had a nice piece of cherry moulding suitable for a picture frame. I forget the exact details of the moulding.A while later, I bought one of the prints from Molly Brown and have finally gotten around to framing it. The glass is slightly over 8 inches square, which gives a 1 inch mat around the print (though about a quarter inch of that is hidden under the frame).Construction is pretty typical for a picture frame. Frame, museum glass, mat board, the print, backing board, glazing points, then a construction paper backer to cover it all up and keep the dust out. The frame is mitered and has 5/8 inch ash plugs (I bought a plug cutter to make them) put in to strengthen the miters (with the grain running the correct direction this time). You can see them in the picture of the back.Finish is leaving the moulded stick in the window of my shop for six-eight months with the New Mexico sun shining in on it, then 3 coats of platina shellac. Gotta love cherry for how easy it is to finish!



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Son, age 8 at the time, made this as a gift

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Son, age 8 at the time, made this as a giftWhen my son was 8, he came up to me and asked if we could make a Christmas gift my brother, his uncle and Godfather. I said, of course, to which he responded, good. Let's go up Lowe'sHe lead me to the dowels and gabbed a few. He then said we needed to get some spray paint. Then he finally told me we needed some wire, which he picked out and asked a salesperson to cut for him.I repeatedly asked what we were going to build, and he always responded, Don't worry about it.He then told me we needed to go to Michael's, where we bought the clock and piece of wood.When we got home, we went to workshop and he told me how many and to what size he wanted the dowels cut with the chop saw. He then asked me to drill holes in one of of the newly cut dowels, so he could stand them up on tiny dowels and spray paint them.He then told me that I was done and he would take care of the rest.Remember… HE IS 8!!!!On Christmas, he gives this to his uncle/godfather. It is actually the first time I had seen it. He wrote on the bottom, Uncle xxxxx, when we get together, we always have a blast.My brother, who is a cop, kept the clock on his desk at the station.In addition to the electrical tape, the dowels are glued together with wood glue. He cut the wire so that one end would go in an end of a dowel, twisted together, then tucked behind her clock.If I knew what he had in mind, I would have talked him out of it. That is probably why he wouldn't tell me. It should also be noted that this was before the war on terror.No need to have a paternity test. He's mine!



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What else..yes they are not done

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What else..yes they are not doneI had a couple of failures laying around and I decided to just chop them up and make these boards. This is my first brick pattern and to be honest with you I like it



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Buffet type Cabinet

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Buffet type CabinetJust finished installing the doors and drawers in this cabinet.
Everything still needs to be adjusted somewhat. Usually make the final tweaks after installing.White pre-cat lacquer with all soft close under mount guides and hinges.
Melamine interior with melamine drawer boxes.



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Cherry and maple handmade chess table and pieces

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Cherry and maple handmade chess table and piecesCherry and maple chess table and turned pieces knights are carved.The Board being made https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNYuPe83Xg4The table being made https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9n5Ku3TRSY&t=50sThe pieces where made on my live twitch stream https://www.twitch.tv/wrenchswoodworks



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