Ok, so my first blog to a new series is finishing up a project…. Kind of backwards but this is my first blog ever so I’m just going to jump in where I’m at. First off… I’m just a single mom to one teen.. And I really don’t know what the heck I’m doing… So if you enjoy watching major improvisation, you’ll enjoy watching my progress. I have very few tools and do much of my work by hand. My favorite tool? My Leatherman Wave. So, this littl...
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Working on a Craftsman side table for the living room. I started with a design I purchased from Woodsmith magazine, and redrew it in Sketchup to change a few things. The original design was narrower, had side spindles instead of slats, and a smaller drawer. I am making it out of cherry, and I’m thinking of using walnut for the top, and maybe the drawer front. The drawers will be maple with a plywood bottom. I have purchased the cherry wood, and now to get started!
The dry assembly looked good, so I chamfered the ends of the through tenons, and glued up the table. -----Lapped dovetails secure the top stretchers. -----The half-lap joints and the lapped dovetails all came out flush.-----Then I cut the tops with a circle cutting jig and plunge router. I used a 1/4” spiral bit and cut the top free in multiple passes. -----The 1” thick top came out nice, with minimal sanding at the oscillating belt sander. I eased the edges with a 1/8”...
Reclaimed Glory #10: Rescued a lonely solid Oak side table with a broken leg - Patch him up? or Cannabalize?
Made my rounds today after work, and came up short on all fronts, until I decided to hit a spot that usually yields nothing but a few nuts n bolts, although those are nice (but I have so many now). But alas, someone threw out this solid oak side table with one leg broken off about 8 inches up. Its a shame I didnt find the leg piece… So whats the plan LJs? Do I try to repair this little guy, it would make a solid little table – its all oak construction. And I did bring ...
So today I found a stump today and it was just begging to be made into a side table. So now it’s in my front yard and I am attempting to come up with a plan. First on the list is to have it kiln dried. Than comes flatting and sanding the top than making the legs whatever they turn out to be. So first question is kiln drying it ok? If not why? Second question how do I keep the bark on the stump? Ok third question what is the best way to flatten and remove all the gouges in the...
I have this new project I am working on and I am wondering what joinery should I use? Most of my projects I use either dowels or pocket holes but I feel this project requires a more evolved kind of joinery. I have attached a picture of the plan I am working on. It’s not finished yet and no joinery is reflected on it. I would consider myself as a beginner but I have a few projects under my belt. You can see some examples at http://www.dracombefurniture.com to judge my skill level. The pr...
The past couple years in spring my benches have sold well. A few people asked me to make a video showing how to build them so I said sure and decided to make a video series. This series is for a slightly different design to make an arm chair and side table based upon my bench plan. I’m new to making videos and the entire project was filmed with my phone so I apologize for the weird camera angles and volume. Im far from Marc, David, or Norm but I had fun making the videos, hope you enjoy...
I’m a little late getting this up for my LJ brethren since it has been up on my site for a week now. Sorry about that guys. Here I build the drawer and add my faux cockbead to the front. You will often find a scratched bead like this on backcountry or souther period furniture. The full cockbead took more time and therefore was more expensive. This was another option to achieve that beaded effect for the less discerning customer. Enjoy the show!
So I’ve been working on this project since January. Its been a really fun and very educational experience. There have been lots of “firsts.” This semester I have been taking a Woodworking Class at my local community college. Although the class isn’t really geared toward any particular set of woodworking skills it has given me an opportunity to build a project under the supervision of a more “seasoned” woodworker. When the class began we were instruct...
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