With the legs complete, I milled up some stock for the rails. All joints are deep mortise and tenons, except for the top drawer rail which is a lapped dovetail. -----Test fitting the lower drawer rail.-----The lower side stretchers feature through tenons. -----The upper drawer rail features lapped dovetail joints. With the same dado blade setup used for the other long rails, I cut the dovetail to 1/2” thick, and established the side shoulders. -----After laying out the lines for t...
Well after taking second place at the Portland Woodworking Show with the last project, a cherry trundle bed, it was time to start the next project. -----The current project is a small library desk for my son’s room. He helped in the design phase, choosing corbels over spindles for the sides of the desk. We also have a special white oak board with a bullet lodged in it. Caden decided he wanted to incorporate it into the desk. -----I am fortunate to have a stack of 400 b.f. of white...
Stop having a lot of clutter on your desktop. This simple made desktop organizer will hold paper, bills, pens, and pencils. Made from 1/2 a pallet, and a crappy looking pallet to begin with. Please view the video HERE. As always, your likes, comment, shares and most importantly, your subscriptions are appreciated.
If you been following my (actually very good) ShopNotes blog on my website, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of the website custommade.com. I’ve got many jobs from there – good jobs. I highly recommend them to the guy trying to become professional. About a month ago, a customer didn’t put a job up for bids by makers, as is the usual case there; instead, he just selected me, and said, “Can you make this for me?” Turns out, he wanted rather large mission st...
I recently acquired a free broken laptop and have been diagnosing its repair. The keyboad and screen were shot and it needs a charger. The parts should be in this week, after which I’ll have a tool capable of word processing at least. This has put me on a line of thought of building a case for the laptop which would allow me to carry the laptop, a mouse and the charger. Ideally, the case would also act as a sort of desk for using the computer, thus I’d like to have a place to...
Watch this video that takes a quick tour of the furniture I’ve made for my master bedroom. Future blog entries will include the family room, kitchen, dining room, guest bedroom, and living room. I’ve built seven pieces of furniture for my master bedroom over the years. I like furniture that is in the Shaker or the modern Shaker style and have stayed mostly with that style in solid cherry with a natural oil finish. The bed is the oldest piece and was built in 1991. ...
I didn’t want to use up the photo space on the project page explaining the keyboard mechanism, so I’ll do it here. This blog refers to my Shesk project here. At first I thought I’d just get a drawer slide to allow the keyboard tray to be pulled out or stowed, but the clearance required would have made the unit too tall and make it look too boxy. I wanted to preserve the shelf look of the unit. I tried to find an under-mount drawer slide—the expensive kind, b...
The base has been assembled now for about a week. But what’s taken time has been new discussion on the finish. After long planning to do an Arm-R-Seal or similar, my wife decided she wanted to keep the wood as light as possible. Since the oil would take it to an amber color, that meant either shellac, lacquer or water-borne acrylic/polyurethane. After some samples were compared, we decided to go with General Finishes’ High Performance. It seemed to keep the closest c...
This is what the drafting table idea eventually came to be. And it all started from this: While I loved the finish on this original desk, it just wasn’t quite big enough on top and certainly didn’t include the flip up for drafting/painting. So the revisions begin and bring us to that first picture. Now the issues are this: I don’t think the legs are appropriate for the design style here.I am getting away from this “L” shaped desk thing. So here a...
I posted a couple projects and wanted a place to compile both the building pictures. Both the desk and the Murphy bed were a project to the same customer. It was a challenging project because of its size. I finishing phase had to be done in two sets of two days. If not pieces would be everywhere. The bed had it’s own challenges. It was the first time to put a desk in a mission style. The customer did come up with a design that would work, but I needed to figure out all the...
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