Matt’s Weekly Shop Update – Feb 14, 2017

Moving a lot of lumber around so I could get the majority of the material out for JR’s bed.  Lindsay spent some time in the shop working on some cloud bookshelves for the boys.

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Viewer Projects

Tea Chests by Matt

This commission has been the most rewarding and challenging project that I have done to date. These two chests are built using splined miter construction, with a 4-way book-match on the case material. The tops and bottoms are walnut veneer over a Baltic birch plywood substrate, with the tops consisting of sequentially cut, 30+ year old walnut crotch veneers. The tops are then inlaid with ebony strips, banding the field inside the walnut frame. The casework and liners/grid are constructed out of locally sourced walnut and curly maple, respectively. Finally, @brussohardware stop hinges bring the case and lid together. I hate to see these leave, but I’m glad they are going to loving homes.

More pictures and build process: https://www.instagram.com/ramseyfamilywoodshop/

Menorah by Jason and Alex

My 9-yr old son, Alex, and I made this steel menorah. In the background of the picture where it’s lit are three other menorahs my sons and I have made over the past few years.

Leaning Ladder Shelf by Mark

Thought I’d submit a English oak leaning ladder shelf design of mine for your viewer projects. It’s quite simple and minimal but a lot of thought still went into the design with the profiled edges of the shelf matching the lean. I’m afraid I don’t have any other photo’s of the make but hoping it might inspire some of your viewers!

Cherry End Table By Chris

This is my ‘Pennsylvania’ (sawyers description) cherry end table that I made for my parents for Christmas. This is the first project I made after taking a class at the Philadelphia Furniture Workshop.  Prior to that I had made furniture but it was mostly using pocket hole joinery. I’m proud to say that this table has no screws, as it’s my first time using mortise and tenon joinery.  The drawer was constructed using half blind rabbets (next time I’m using the Cremona method for half blind dovetails). For the finish I applied a sealing coat of thinned shellac and then 3 coats of danish oil.
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Walnut Dressing Vanity Build

To start things off, I’ll make the panel which will become the sides and top. While that’s sitting in the clamps, I’ll prep the material

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