The Woodshop Shed

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

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Small live edge bedside table

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Small live edge bedside tableWe recently rearranged our bedroom furniture, and my wife requested a bedside table/night stand since the windowsill where she used to put her glasses is now out of reach from the bed. When I asked what kind she wanted, the only specification I got was “sufficient to hold my glasses, and perhaps a book”. Further requests for clarification we met with something to the effect of “left to my own devices I'd just buy something, so as long as it is, in fact, a bedside table, you can do what you want.” Full of gratitude for the patience of my spouse, I decided to get creative.My first thought was to try an endgrain, live edge round top, a big wood cookie basically—not necessarily the best choice for structural integrity, but could be cool looking, and a good way to use up these odd chunks of pear wood that have been sitting on my wood shelf for years. But, it turns out none of the remaining pear logs were actually that big around. So I took this flat-ish crotch log, hacked off enough branches that it would lie mostly flat, and went with an edge grain live edge slab. The main uneven area on the top, as well as various cracks from checking, were filled with West system epoxy.The design for the legs kept changing as I worked—the original idea was four ~2×2 straight legs, but it evolved into this angled two leg, double tapered affair as I wrestled with fitting the base onto the bottom surface of the top and also tried to make the legs less chunky looking. I had fun, anyway.Legs are 8/4 ambrosia maple, shelf is more pear, finish is Deft satin lacquer from a can.Thanks for looking!



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Garage Shelf from Reclaimed Fencing

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Garage Shelf from Reclaimed FencingMy son needed garage shelves that could hold some heavy items. We had just recovered huge piles of fences blown over by Hurricane Ivan, so I made a shelf using the lumber “raw” (last two pics). I didn't like how rough and ugly it was, so for the second shelf I did a quick jointing and planing of the lumber first, came out much better.First one took me all of about 5 hours to make, second one was only about 7 hours even with milling the lumber, partially because it went together so much easier with nice square lumber.After milling, the posts are 3” x 3” the rails are 1” x 3”, and the decking is 1/2” x 5”
Raw lumber shelf is 4' wide by 18” deep by 6' tall. Last picture is the load testing. :)
Milled lumber shelf is 4' wide by 18” deep by 7' tall.
All structural joints were done with coated deck screws, also recovered from the downed fences
The shelves “decking” is milled down reclaimed fence pickets, popped on with a 16ga. nail gun.These things are super heavy, hard to move, but will definitely stand up to the loads he's stacking on them – spools of wire, heavy boxes, etc.



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Bad Axe 'Bayonet' Precision Carcase Saw

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Tool: 14″ Precision Carcase Saw, aka 'the Bayonet' Shop Now  Manufacturer: Bad Axe Toolworks MSRP: $295+ If you're looking for the ultimate expression of a carcase saw, the 14″ Bayonet Precision Carcase Saw from Bad Axe Tool Works is …Source

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The Anvil Test

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Destroying 10 joints taught us surprising lessons about joint design, wood failure and the tenacity of modern glue. Editor's note: This article originally appeared in the December 2005 issue of Popular Woodworking, when Robert W Lang decided he really felt …Source

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Keepsake Box with Wooden Pocket Knife

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Keepsake Box with Wooden Pocket KnifeI've made a lot of keepsake boxes in the past. I've also made several all wooden pocket knives. I've made boxes for the pocket knives too, but I haven't made a keepsake box that includes a place to store a pocket knife. The box is made from a large Mesquite burl.The knife scales are made from some Bodark that dates back to the 18th century. I'll tell you the story if you're interested. The rest of the knife is made from some Bodark heart and sap wood I harvested about 10 years ago.Here are the parts for the knife. By the way, fellow LJ Vernon was my inspiration to start making all wooden pocket knives. You should take a look at his projects and blog (poospleasures)Here is the box before finishing.The finish on both the knife and box is blonde shellac applied using the French Polishing technique. I feel like I have more control over the final overall finish that way.Thanks for taking a look!



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