The Woodshop Shed

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Kalimba #2

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Kalimba #2I made this for an old friend who wanted something to reflect his Aztec heritage.

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Symposium Award

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Symposium AwardAs simple as this project is, it has taken me almost 6 weeks to make it. A friend who is somewhat aware of my TBI asked me if this project was within my abilities. Being optimistic, I said sure and started on it right away. I almost didn't make the deadline because we had a severe weather event that took out the power to our house for 8+ days.I started with just the digital image shown as the last photo. I displayed it on my phone and used a variety of tricks to lay out a cardboard pattern for it. These shapes were then cut out in some salvaged 1970s vintage plywood panelling; this is an ideal use for that wood. I made the plywood pieces to use as patterns for future copies of this project. There may be a few more of them someday.All of the stock was resawn and hand planed to finished dimensions. The pieces were all trimmed and fit together using hand tools. A custom glue-up jig helped a lot with this part. The only electrons used in the project were for the hot-glue gun that I used to hold the fiddly little pieces while I was fitting them to each other. The smallest of the pieces are just over 3/4” of 5/16” stock.There were the mandatory mistakes and learning moments along the way and I did manage to bleed on it a little, but I like how it turned out and I really enjoyed making this one.

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A place for her stuff & cat. Bookcase for our nieces daughter. Quarter sawn red oak.

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A place for her stuff & cat. Bookcase for our nieces daughter.  Quarter sawn red oak.8 June 2022
Here's Scamper The-Cat on his bookcase. Another epic opus of a post.A fun project with a nice surprise. Cleaning up my shop/garage, after many years, I uncovered a plank of red oak that was true 8/4 by six inches and 8ft long. Well this was something long forgotten and covered with a fine coat of dust.With nice long even grain I milled out some 1×2's for the legs and milled the rest for rails and slats. The end results were quarter sawn pieces.The bookcase is similar to a couple I've made over the past years. The plan was originally from www.plansnow.com I made changes to the design appearance, no drawers (Aria hides food), sized to 30W 14D & 46H with 3 fixed and 2 adjustable shelfs.The part I really like about this design is the routed dado's in the back and side rails. This really adds a lot to the strength of the case.The sides were a true 4/4. All pieces mortise and tenon.A 3/4×1/2 rabbit was cut on the rear of the legs to receive the back rails. The back rails were routed to fit snug with the legs and allow back panels to be added. A length wise dado was cut to fit the fixed shelfs.The side pieces were dry clamped and a stop dado cut from the rear to and inch from the front. I cut a length of oak to act as spacing guides where the side and back rails will connect. This really helps in the gluing up phase.Did layouts for the shelf supports and locking pins for the rails. Assembled dry for fit. The back panels were 1/2 inch sanded plywood. All pieces were sanded to 600 and finished with multiple coats of Waterlux high gloss varnish.Delivered in pieces and final assembly. It's a heavy piece but it can come apart. She now has her own case. Her brother, made him one years back, now wants another bigger case.thanks for viewing.

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Tree-Hugging Shop

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After designing and building custom furniture in southern California for 24 years, I finally got to build my dream workshop. Inspired by the Craftsman style and the designs of the brothers Green, my shop cradles a 100-year-old eucalyptus tree in …Source

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Use Light To Spot Finish Imperfections

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Nobody likes wrapping up the last bit of finishing on a project and suddenly catching a run or imperfection you missed earlier. You can either ignore it, or more likely sand it down and fix the blemish. Thankfully, it's easy …Source

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