The Woodshop Shed

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

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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.
The sword

The scabbard
Unknown African wood – any ideas?
The chisel – LBD, I rotated it just for you!!
Test fit
The shape
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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