This is a project my friend and I have been talking about for a while. Between both our schedules it’s been tough being able to actually start this and it will take a while to complete as well. The design we are going to use is something that my friend came up with, it’s his table after all ;). Today we drew up a rough sketch and picked up some maple and cherry for the top. The idea is to have a table top with a removable chessboard in the center. Underneath will expose an ice ...
I started a post about a wood gloat about a month ago. I found some nice walnut slabs at a sawmill for some projects. The first one up is a coffee table. I thought I would start a blog about the process of preparing the slab. I may follow this with more about adding a base to the table as it progresses. I’ve done a fair number of projects in the past, but nothing involving a big slab like this. I have been excited about getting this project started, but Christmas was approaching...
I managed to get a few hours in the shop earlier this week, and have the lumber for the main base of the table cut to rough size. I cut everything a little long and a little wide to allow for any movement and fine tuning that I need to do, and I can already see that it was a good thing I did. After it sits for a few days, I will be ready to cut and plane to the final dimensions. For now I am dividing the project into different sections; the main base, the top, the interior drawer support...
After several attempts, we have finally settled on a design for the new living room table. I had created several different Sketchup designs, with things like raised panels and different leg designs, but my wife asked that I come up with something simpler and more rounded. We also did some measuring, and decided to go with a shorter height, taking it down to sixteen inches. The pictures here show the basic design. This plan is intended just to allow construction at this point. Finalizi...
Preparation for this new project started a couple of weeks ago, although planning has been going on for a while. I purchased 200 board feet of locally harvested, air dried 4/4 walnut lumber. It has been sitting in a barn for quite a few years, and most of the boards are wide and fairly straight. Price was $2.00 per board foot. From what I have seen for prices on here, this seems to be pretty good. (I know 200 bf is more than I will need for this project, but I have a few others planned....
I just delivered this to a club for the month. It has veneer core bases. The inlay is Bastogne walnut and the table is Claro. I finished it with danish oil. Really makes the figure pop! I will get pics of the finished and pit it on the porject page.
Got a chance to slab a large walnut log today that I just picked up. Put a brand new chain on my mill and took off cutting. Went pretty good till the second cut when my saw found that 7 inch bolt that was just waiting to snag my chain. Had to resharpen a couple times but all said and done I got seven nice slabs all 3-4 inches thick. Large ones are about 36 inches on the small end to about 44 inches at the large end by 10 feet long. I will be posting on my website after awhile. Gota ge...
While the project is already underway, I thought I go ahead and start from the beginning. A couple of years ago, I built a new workshop in the backyard. I included a ‘bonus’ room above it with plans to eventually finish it out as a mancave: wet bar, big TV, etc. Although the mancave is not 100% finished out (I still need to make some cabinet doors, connect the water supply, and paint trim) it’s football season and have the big TV and a comfy couch, so it’s useable....
Download Low ResolutionDownload High ResolutionSubscription Options Every year, I like to take some time off for my own woodworking eduction. I truly believe that a craftsman never stops learning. Even when you think you know all there is about a technique or topic, there is always something to be gained from another perspective. A 5-day class at the William Ng School fits the bill quite nicely for an educational adventure. The William Ng School is located in Anaheim, Ca and features cla...
So the mother-in-law needs a new coffee table! Well, really, she does; the old one is falling apart. So her favorite son-in-law is stepping up to the plate. Requirements: Simple, beautiful, lower shelf. Here’s what I came up with: It’s looking like the materials will be about $150…and I’m thinking $100 for labor. Cheap, I know, but it’s the in-laws, what can you do? LOL. The dark wood you see on the top and feet are ebony inlays. The top i...
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