I make a “gift basket form pallet wood. This was fun project and can’t beat free wood! This will be some of the gift baskets we give this year for Christmas. Thanks for watching! Link
This idea has been kicking around in my head for almost a year, and recently gathered momentum due to the fact that I acquired a new (and practical/non-lethal) table saw. I also re-discovered Sketchup after many years, now having something to actually draw. To this point the desk has gone through a lot of practical refactoring: I decided that because I will not have the cash on hand to buy a thickness planer that all the lumber would probably need to be sourced from available dimensional...
Ironically, the first thing I did for this project was to glue up the huge 42” square top…over-sized of course. A long time later, I pulled it out and began to put on the finishing touches. I bought a “Thumbnail” router bit from Lee Valley and I ran that around the edges. Of course, I worked a long time to make sure the top was square etc. I built an extended router base to help stabilize the router while routing the edge detail (thanks Mark!). I ran a 1/4...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igqFQMv-qso&list=UUERIGfN6ATn5-U2DGhDzOvw In this time lapse video, I’m power carving a rocking chair seat by hand using a Kutzall carbide shaping wheel in Red Oak
Howdy, I’ve been working on my son’s desktop for a while now. I have a Christmas due date so I had to get a move on. The desk frame took me all weekend. That really surprised me. I imagine I could go a lot faster If I didn’t fly by the seat of my pants all the time. A plan might be helpful. Any how, I’m using rabbit joint joints for the first time and they came with a whole bundle of lessons. They didn’t come out perfect but I believe I can do better next t...
Yes, stain. The guy who wants the table built wanted it stained. The stain he chose is acceptable IMO. It’s a Minwax stain called “Red Mahogany”. I sanded 60 (on the feet only) then 80, 120, 180 and ended with 220 grit…all by hand. It didn’t take all that long really and I enjoyed listening to audio streaming on the computer while I worked. I also stained the small drawer fronts. I have yet to sand the top and the large drawer. Today I sanded an...
Like the top trim, I created the bottom trim on my router table, this time using a large bead/roundover bit and a small bead bit. I then set up my new Incra miter gauge on the table saw and mitered the trim. The miters came out really good, but not perfect. A little filler was employed to take up the slack and I don’t think anyone will ever notice. I ran a couple of grooves on the back side of the trim due to its thickness and width. This should help stabilize it a little, so it ...
The table gets big square feet with a slight taper. I cut some 8/4 oak then mitered it at 45 deg, glued the miter, crosscut to 2.5” then tapered at 10 deg on the table saw. I then ran a slight roundover on each edge with the router table. I didn’t take many progress pictures, just results. Can you see the joint in this miter? :-) I placed a piece of the bottom trim on top of the feet to get an idea what it would look like.
The top trim is pretty basic. I created it on my high-end router table using a cove bit. The trick was installing it with the miters as perfect as possible.
I opted to build my drawers from baltic birch plywood and used through dovetails in an oak front then install a false front. I mounted those on soft-close undermount slides to preserve the traditional dovetail look of the drawer. Since this table is symmetrical on all four sides, I wanted to maintain that look as closely as I could, between the two panel sides, the side with the one large drawer and the side with the two small drawers. I built all four sides at the same time, milling eve...
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