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...
I need your support! Please vote on http://www.powermaticstudentvote.com/entries/byron-conn/. This Bench will be featured this year at ICFF in the Furniture Society and Powermatic’s booth. The 12 students selected have been entered in a competition to win a bandsaw. So, if you like this piece or my work please support me by casting your vote!! You can vote every 4 hours until May 20th! Voting does require your email but I have not received a message from them yet. You can see more of my wo...
The seat rails are notched as they intersect in the rear legs.-----Backrest glueup…-----Parts waiting to be assembled.-----Front leg assembly glued up. ----- Seat rail glueup.-----Wiping on the Transtint brown mohogany dye makes the white oak pop. Next up will be stain, lacquer, and leather upholstery.
I text a friend today to see if he still had the “rattlesnake crotch” WO board that I saw about a month ago. He said yes and that he’d sell me the 50 BF batch for $80 (he is moving states in the months ahead). I calculated (roughly, underestimating) 53 BF. I needed this score, I have a decent amount of wood, but not much of one species. I am really excited about the “rattlesnake” board (I will build a project around this very twisted board), although I have a ...
I wanted to recreate this Jeff Jewitt finish from Fine Woodworking #157, however the article didn’t list which formula was used. I consulted with Jeff, and it was Transtint Brown Mohogany dye, followed by McCloskeys Walnut stain. McClosky no longer makes stain, but sold to Valspar / Cabot. ---So I set out to make a sample board to achieve the rich, dark color I was after. ---The top colors are stain only, the middle colors are dye first then stain, and the bottom color is dye only. ...
This is the grand finale. Here I’m doing the final leveling of the top. It was a ton of hand planing and sanding. It’s not perfect but not too bad either. I only sanded to 100 grit, I don’t want a slick surface. Now onto applying finish. I used a simple mixture of 1/3 MS, 1/3 BLO and 1/3 spar varnish. Next up is to apply suede to the vise chop and wagon vise and dogs. I used contact cement. That was the last step and here is the final product. ...
I was able to get the assembly done today. It was big day. I can see the tunnel at the end of the light! I have been working on the leg vise chop and all of the mortises and holes that have to be cut into the leg as well. This was much easier to do prior to assembling the bench. Here is the finished chop and parallel glide.On to the rest of the bench. I cut the pins for drawboring first and set them on the heater. I was thinking that this would make them a bit more pliable. Buy the ti...
Merry Christmas to all! Got the presents open, kids have everything spread out over two rooms, and parts are migrating as I type. The Kids liked the folding stools I built a few weeks ago, stolen from Woodworking for Mortals, or meager mortals, or something like that. I watched SR build his in a few min’s, and promptly used plywood to see how hard. Finished it in four hours. The kids go to Camp every summer, and I thought (thinking not something I do often) build them each one. Ha...
Hello. I have been sharpening my tools in the laundry room in my basement for far too long. Every time a chisel needs honing I need to walk out of my shop in the garage and into the house downstairs and pull out my stones, get them wet and start sharpening. And as every wood worker knows, if sharpening isn’t convenient then we just neglect it until it is grossly necessary. So for a long time I have tried to think of ways to bring my sharpening stones in the shop with me. Although ...
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