|Project by OldWrangler||posted 04-07-2014 10:16 PM||1216 views||1 time favorited||10 comments|
My wife and I share a rickity small table between our TV chairs. Some place to set drinks, eat dinner, keep magazines and all the little stuff you don’t want to get up and go get. She had wanted me to build a table for there but when the Parkinson’s really took hold, I couldn’t even make small stuff in the shop.
Gradually with meds and getting more active I have gotten back in the shop and making little stuff like cutting boards, jewelry boxes, canes, small shelves, etc. Can’t hardly handle anything heavy or awkward, the strength is just not there.
For a while I have wanted to do something out of Beetle Kill Pine and a nice fellow up north sent me a bundle for the cost of shipping. A lot was scraps, cut offs and bark edged but it was enough to get started. So back to the table Mama wanted. I drew up a design using the BK Pine and set to work. Six weeks later we are about to move the table in the house. Table top is 28” x 30” and it is 26” tall with a drawer. Top and drawer face are BK Pine and the rest is good old Home Depot Poplar stained “Golden Pecan”. Drawer pull is my “signature” antler knob that I use on about every project. Grandson keeps me in antlers with usually 5 buck a year
This table is just about as big a project as I can handle however the left over BK Pine will be door panels on a towel cabinet for the bath, now in progress. It is so awkward and heavy I am having to build it on a garden wagon so it can be moved around. It is nearing completion and will require a grandson to help put it on the wall. I’ll post pics of it when it gets hung.
Last 2 pics are of an experimental wood hinge I have been trying to make. This is a practice one but it works. Wood is scrap Lacewood (3/8”) and pivot pin is a 3/32” brass rod. I finally made a finger joint jig that makes uniform joints that fit tight and it works great for the hinges. These will go on future boxes in place of the crappy brass hobby hinges.
So I just came in to get a cold Sam Adams and after a nap, I’ll head back to the shop for the afternoon. I am so glad my Parkinson’s is letting up a bit so I can get back to woodworking again. It is as good therapy as I can handle and with the meds. I’m getting some of my life back.
-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!