Hey everybody. I wanted to share at least some aspects of this current project because there are several problems and techniques I’m dealing with here for the first time and was hoping for some input, other solutions and ideas, etc. A couple of the issues have to do with wood movement and I think I’m happy with how I’ve handled them but would welcome any input. Take a look. Terrible picture but just to provide some reference, the bookcase is in cherry with a curly map...
Here is the cherry trundle bed I am working on.-----The trundle box is built like a giant drawer, with dovetailed corners and a 3/4” plywood base. -----Since the base is 3/4” plywood, the dado cannot be concealed behind the dovetail.-----I filled the dado with some dovetail test cuts. The slides will conceal this area once installed. -----Here the trundle box has been coated with clear shellac, which adds almost no color to the poplar frame.-----Six casters are added to the b...
For my Introduction to Woodworking class, we have a “final project” that we choose ourselves. Given that I’m learning to use hand tools, I’ve decided to make a handplane cabinet. In my latest blog entry, I show how I use Google (now Trimble) SketchUp to create the design and the use of layers and scenes to showcase the various parts of the design without duplicating any portion. This was based on information that I learned from Bob Lang in his article from Popular Woodworking. T...
Here is the trundle bed I am working on.-----I marked the location for both the 1-3/8” face hole, and the 3/8” end grain hole before drilling. This bed bolt kit is from Rockler and it is quite a slick system. It provides an extremely strong and stable joint, with no visible fasteners. -----After both holes have been drilled, I insert 3/8” dowel centers. Then I reassemble the bed to dimple the location of the threaded inserts in the leg posts. -----The threaded insert ...
I started a whole house remodel several months ago. I figured that homerefurbers, LJ’s sister blog site would be the appropriate place to do a blog. Unfortunately the site’s been taken hostage by mass spamming and no one can seem to keep up with cleaning it out. My start to this is Here at homerefurbers. It’s the beginning of 6 posts there. I’ve decided to continue the blog here. Here is the latest post, After the living room, bedroom, and bathroom. I’ve start...
Here is the trundle bed we are working on.-----The last detail on the headboard was the top cap, and some decorative tenons. -----One side of the bed has a frame and panel assembly. It features solid cherry panels, which are recessed for a subtle reveal. -----The assembly features haunched tenons for a sturdy connection. -----Test fitting the frame and panel assembly.-----The rails hang on large tenons, and will be secured with concealed bed bolts. I layout the tenons in such a way that ...
I had made a small cherry/birdseye maple box for my wife’s Aunt a few months back and have been banging my head against the wall trying to come up with an idea for my wife’s father. A little background on the project’s motivation, the wood was found in a barn on the family farm that we purchased four years ago. My wife’s Great-grandfather used to make furniture on the property in a shop that is now well beyond salvageable. He stored his rough cut lumber supply in ano...
The current project is a twin over twin trundle bed for my son. -----The bed is made from cherry, and the footboard came together quickly. -----Footboard details…-----Now the headboard is coming together. It features frame and panel construction with solid cherry panels. -----The headboard features a shelf and gently arched stiles. -----The legs are hollow to store the low voltage transformer, and pass the cord neatly to the outlet. The legs are oversized to make room for the shel...
It has been a long time since I started this blog and I thought I would have gotten to this stage a lot earlier. After my last posting I had to stay out of the shop for a while due to trouble with one of my feet the resulted in my having to have surgery so that set me back quite a bit. Then as I was trying to finish the board I was using my 16-32 drum sander and could not get the board to come out flat. No matter what I did it had a rock from corner to corner. I would take the machine apart a...
I have a bunch of cut-offs from a local cabinet shop that deals mainly with Cherry but I also get a good amount of Poplar from there. From the medium sized pieces (all 3/4”), I selected some nice poplar front and back, some cherry for the sides and I had one long board of Cherry that had a knot in the middle (so was discarded), and I simply cut the knot out and used each end for the top and bottom. It’s 9×4 x 3” high. I just set them up, and eyeballed it ...
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