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Koa Credenza

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Koa CredenzaThis is my credenza. It was so hard to make that I decided to never sell it. This piece was inspired by a picture in a woodworking book. I absolutely love laminating wood and decided to give it a go. My first adventure was to create the form for my sides, which was 6 3/4” in width, and it had to be perfect. Then I wanted koa, but I had to have koa that had a straight grain to bend well on the form. The credenza is 18 1/4” deep. I needed six laminations, 3 for each side. They had to match perfectly, so I had purchased 8/4 lumber to resaw and have a seamless look. This took some time. (prep work is everything). I used epoxy as my adhesive and tried to not add too much, since I could only remove the 1/4” from each side before edge joining the laminates together. On the inside of the cabinet, I also had to support the bent sides with wood that had been shaved to match the laminate angle, but flat on the cabinet side to support the construction of a tradition cabinet.This all took time, then came the joinery for the top, which seemed a little overwhelming, but I came up with a plan: I added a traditional dado to the underside of the top, which was wider than the thickness of my sides. I took another piece of wood, the same width and length as the dado in the top, to create an insert. I measured the angle of my bent sides to the top, and used my mortising machine (matching that angle) to create a angled dado in this extra piece of wood. Then I glued this to the top of the side. At that point, I was able to glue my sides to the top quite well. There is always a work around :)The rest of construction was basic cabinet making.Best Regards,Cathy



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New Dinning Room Table

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New Dinning Room TableFirst post! Recently finished building our new home, so I decided to build our dinning room table. Found a deal on some red gum slabs and had a metal frame welded together. Placed cut pieces side by side and used epoxy to fill in gaps.



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A few Cutting Boards

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A few Cutting BoardsHere are a few boards I made this summer. I made the Piano Keyboard based on a plan from Wood Magazine.
The others were made of scrap that I had cluttering the shop. I was surprised at how the end grain Maple turned dark when I applied the oil.



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The Myth of the Self-taught Craftsman

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by Brian Boggspage 64Buy this issue nowAt a seminar I found myself saying that I mostly taught myself woodworking. It was an easy way to get the idea across that I did not go to woodworking school or take seminars. Later, I regretted not responding more thoughtfully.Twitter: Follow us on Twitter @pweditors.Source

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