Matt’s Weekly Shop Update – August 30, 2016

I was at IWF for a few days last week and just yesterday I received the wheels for the bandsaw mill!


Viewer Projects

Picnic Stool by Erica

I designed and fabricated a stool for picnicking. This stool can carry your food like a normal picnic basket, but it also works as a seat incase it is difficult for those to sit down/get up off of the ground during a picnic. The stool is made of white oak, using rabbet and dowel joinery. The stool also contains an insulated removable bag for your food that snaps into the frame of the interior. The bag is made of canvas, closed-cell foam for structure and rigidity of the bag, and a woven insulation fabric (the shiny foil).

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Wooden Lamp “Dapple” by Matt

This project is a lamp that I made from Cherry Hardwood, white acrylic, LED strips, and polycarbonate. It features nature photography that I took in the woods outside of Philadelphia, and is meant to remind the viewer of the dappling effect inside of a forest when light comes through the trees onto the forest floor. It was inspired by a previous material exploration (green pine branch lamp, 1st picture below). The lamp is meant to be used in a restaurant/banquet table setting, but could also be placed on a side table or in a dining room. This project was a finalist in the IES Design With Light competition, and received an honorable mention award. The project was to design a lamp based on an exploration of material (picture of hanging pine branch light that I made earlier in the semester), and to complete the design process with an understanding of sustainable design practices and manufacturing.

Kitchen Island by Jacob

I started woodworking almost 3 years ago at the age of 14. I’ve done quite a few smaller projects but this is so far my largest. I put around 50 hours into the island. The area of the island is 4’x8′. I’m currently making matching kitchen cabinets to go with the island.

Mahogany Door by Michael

A client asked for a custom-sized door 59” wide by 91” tall and 1.75” thick. She wanted it to be solid African Mahogany in the “Craftsman style” to fit a large opening that forms the entrance to her former attic. It’s now a full-blown game room. Barn door sliders were used to conserve space and because she loves their look. You may notice a touch of G&G in the rail cloud lifts.

Per her request, I kept the finish natural with only satin Arm-R-Seal applied and sanded between three coats. All joints are pegged and the top rail and outer stiles form full-height crossed thru-tenons (like a bridal or saddle joint).

Tried to keep as much book matching as possible for uniformity, but it is, after all, wood, and that means unique no matter how hard you try to contain it.

Platform Bed by Mike

It is Honduran Mahogany with Elm and Poplar drawer sides and backs. Some of the interesting features are 36 floating tenons that you can see in the 72 mortise picture in the first email. Those make the leg components. The hairiest part of the project was the mitered corners on the bed rails which need to come apart for moving the bed. They are held together with a spline for alignment with a bolt and threaded insert arrangement on the underside to pull the miter joint tight. The side rails are adjustable against the legs in case they get any warp or twist over time. The headboard has adjustable height to be just proud of the mattress. I still need to make a valence that hangs above the headboard that completes the look.
I made this bed on commission, so the look and feel was my client’s idea, I then designed the construction based on that in SketchUp and some occasional modifications along the way. The finish is Arm-r-Seal using your method as detailed in the disappearing facial hair video.

Submit your viewer project: Email me pictures and a description of your project and I’ll feature your project on the show.

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Home Addition & Renovation

Upper Cabinets and Range Hood Surround

Welcome back to our home renovation.  Today I am going to be working on this wall. It needs some upper cabinets and the surround for

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