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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 I am going to try to build some furniture to sell when I don’t have cabinets to build. This is my first attempt at designing furniture. I would like to get some input on a couple aspects of this coffee table, if you guys don’t mind.I will be making matching end tables too, but I haven’t drawn them yet. I drew this on Google Sketchup. The plan is to make them out of Oak, and finish with black lacquer. I want the Oak grain to really stand out, and I think the lacquer w...
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...
Thanks to the cold weather and some other things that had to be done, progress has slowed on this project. Last week I completed the drawer boxes and rough dimensioned the boards for the top. Today I finished dimensioning the top and got it all glued together. I was able to warm my shop up to about 70 today for the gluing, but brought the top in over night so I wouldn’t have to heat the shop as the outside temperature drops. In this picture, the grain on some of the boards loo...
This was a project I started before my sudden deployment in September 2011. I got as far as assembling the base and making the drawer but much was left to be desired. Eight months later I got the opportunity to come home on R & R for two weeks and finish my project. I’m thrilled to bring closure to a project I started so long ago and have the chance to feel like a civilian once again as I turn back to finish my 2nd deployment. It’s the little things you miss the most. ...
In this time lapse, i’m building a trestle coffee table from Walnut. At this point i’m attaching the underside storage to the top of the table. The underside of the top and entire storage shelf has been sanded up to 500 grit and buffed with a wool pad to burnish and clean out the pores in the wood. What a shine one can achieve from just bare wood, its amazing, silky smooth! First I measure and drill the holes for the 2’’ x 3/8’’ dowels that will attach...
Well I’ve had to package up a few pieces to get shipped so I decided to make a time lapse video of the process of building a shipping crate for one of my Black Walnut coffee tables. Enjoy!
It’s been a busy and productive past two days. Got all my stock to dimension and ready to go. Cut everything to length with my uber awesome “miter station”... Oh yeah, look at my built in stop blocks baby! I’m a tenon’s first kind of guy. My only reasoning, and not sure how good it is, is I like to take the pieces with tenons, and use those in 3D for the layouts of my Mortises. With a piece like this with a lot of slats, I feel it’s easier that wa...
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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