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Iphone docking station

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Iphone docking stationHey Lumberjocks
Just wanted to post my latest project. Yes, I know everyone has made a phone docking station, so I had to put my spin on one. Simple design – Bloodwood and Wenge. I wanted the docking station to be on the heavy side so as not to move the station when plugging and unplugging the devices, Turned out to be very practical to have my phone, watch and earbuds all charging in the same location. I will say the pictures really don't due the project justice. I guess it's more on the functional side and less on the showy side.
Thanks for checking out the docking station.
Greg



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Portrait of a Man

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Portrait of a ManThe original of this relief carving was a woodcut done by M. C. Escher in 1920 while a student in a school of decorative arts. This was long before his weird designs his later life. This piece has a basswood cutout glued to black walnut. It was carved over four months using only hand tools.



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Split Top Saw Bench

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Split Top Saw BenchHello All,
I have often thought that a low, solid bench would be very useful in the shop, so I looked at a lot of images and came up with a design I liked. The original plan was to attach the tops to the legs with box joints, but since I have wanted to learn how to hand cut dovetails, I decided that now was the time.Learning in 5/4 hard maple was not the most logical decision since it is so unforgiving, but I practiced 7 or 8 joints in 3/4 poplar until I started feeling comfortable. I tried several techniques, and ended up cutting the tails first on the tablesaw and finishing with a chisel. The pins were cut in the traditional way with a hand saw. My first attempts were with my Japanese saw, but I wasn't getting the results I liked and I ordered Rob Cosman's dovetail saw. What a difference! Easy to start, cuts quickly, easier for me to keep a straight cut. The joints aren't perfect, but I'm on my way.I finished with my new favorite finish, Osmo Polyx. It's easy to apply once you learn to go lightly, feels great to the touch, and doesn't yellow maple like many finishes.I know that many of you might think it a waste of time to put so much effort into a piece of shop furniture, but I view every project i build as a learning opportunity and I learned a lot on this build. Thanks for looking!



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