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Cherry Couch Tables

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Cherry Couch TablesMade some couch tables for the honey. They are solid cherry with walnut plugs in the top for an accent. The cherry was harvested by me from the family farm in New Hampshire over 25 years ago and had been sitting in my grandfathers barn ever since. I have a lot more cherry and hope to make more projects with it soon.



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A Few More Pendants

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A Few More PendantsI had some time to kill and a few pieces of different woods so I made some more pendents for the park craft sale.
They are 3/8”x 1 1/4” x 2 5/8” and sanded to shape with an .099” hole across the top for the cord.
The first two are osage orange, then three ironwood ones, theree mesquite ones and the last 2 are smaller ironwood ones the size of the first one a I made a week ago.There is no finish…they are just buffed and waxed.....have to keep the elves busy..no slackers!Cheers, Jim



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Christmas Present... Past.

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Christmas Present... Past.Boys and Girls,majuvla's (aka. Ivan, probably through the compliments of the Hrvatska policija) project of some paper draped, upright erections reminded me of this little bereft project… thanks maj'.Who says I don't make Christmas presents for friends... which by the way were never reciprocated (but who's keeping a score card),
They do as these were the last I made 3 years ago,

and me since no-one has paid me for them. Consequently I've decided to no longer keep the secret that its NOT Santa who gives out presents and am quite complacent in heralding that those cheap skates got them from me, as there's no such thing as a freebie Santa.Let's not delve on those free loaders and concentrate on how they were made.They all started off as a 30mm x 30mm lamination of 19mm Merbau decking,

roughly rounded on the router table. Set up my shop-made lathe dowel maker,

and un-roughened the roughly-round,

(appologies for the focus) and finished up with a nolonger-square 1 dia. dowel (LHS),
Tritoned the dowel maker and prepared for the cranking,
Long threaded one end,
After short threading the other end, it was mounted on the lathe for some oiling,

the slow speed of the lathe (50 RMPs) made rubbing oil into the individual threads with a rag quite easy. The reverse speed ensured a good coating of oil. Didn't oil the full long thread as it was destined to be trimmed,

The nuts (above) were drawn using the following purchased template ($6 US),

I then made my own template using CorelDraw and my Laser for $8

the original template ($6) for idea/specifications and $2 for the material go figure the economy now I have two templates for $14 lucky I have two hands!Two pieces of merbau were laminated to make the nuts and base. For the base, the round over profile of the merbau planks was used to accentuate the middle seam. It was then tapped with a 1 tool using burnishing oil as lubricant,
and sanded,
All got a good couple of coats of tung oil,
and eventually assembled
I did manage to keep one, as the missus succumbed to paying the asking ”Santa fee”,



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First Project - Workbench

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First Project - WorkbenchBrand new to woodworking, Fiance' wanted some wooden lantern type centerpieces made for our wedding. I started doing some calculations and realized buying 36” dowels from Home Depot for $3.90 a piece was going to cost me a fortune.I then decided to rip and make my own dowls and bases from a much more manageable piece of 1×8 longboard :)(those pics to come later)Long Story short, I have a dinky, tiny 1 car garage that has my fiance's school stuff (She is a 4th grade teacher) all through it so space is limited. I needed a mobile workbench/outfeed table to move to the driveway on nice days to maximize space… So this is it!



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