Matt’s Weekly Shop Update – February 15, 2019

I’m back from my week-long sawmill building trip!

April Wilkerson
JD Brewer:
Johnny Brooke:

The Wall-Hanging Tool Cabinet Project

Sliding Lid Box by Adam

I’m 16 years old and I’m from Hungary. I have made this sliding lid box for my sister’s 20th birthday. I have made it from plum wood, hornbeam, walnut and elm that I have milled up with my father. The inspiration came from your video.

Bassinet by Andy

From the LumberJocks post:

This project is based on a design by Matt Cremona that he made out of walnut. This took a lot longer than I thought to build (3+ months) but it was worth every hour. Had to build a few jigs and that 60hr/wk day job got in the way also. I learned so much building what I consider my first piece of “near” furniture quality work.

This was made from slabs of local rough cut lumber sourced by member Scott (clarkswoodworking). We are making 2 of these and this is the first after the scrap wood prototype. There were a few jigs that needed to be made like this one to turn the spindles. I had never done m&t joints before so it was fun starting out with angled ones. The side panels were made from 1/4” thick figured maple veneer glued to both sides of 1/4” mdf (not plywood cuz I had the mdf staring me in the face) totaling 3/4”. These came from the same luthier panel bundles that Scott has for sale here.

I used Charles Neil’s trace coating process to bring out the figure which can be seen in some of the before and after shots. I added a few drops of amber Trans Tint to 1/4 teaspoon of brown Keda dye in 8oz of warm water. I used .0000 wool between coats of semi-gloss GF oil and urethane (should have used a cloth rather than a foam brush) followed after the final coat with 600 & 1200 grit wet dry paper, Meguiars polish then carnauba wax.

Cherry Dining Table by Paul

Cherry live edge dining table and benches

The top is made from three slabs of southern black cherry and the benches from single slabs. All the wood came from the same tree that was removed in my neighborhood in January 2017.  I milled one log with my chainsaw mill which yielded the slabs used in the table and benches.

The slabs were air dried for a year and half and then flattened with a router. The finish is General Finishes Arm-R-Seal and the legs for the table and benches are made from 1″ black gas pipe.

The build is covered on my instagram page:

And best of all – it’s for sale!

Jewelry Box by Charlie

I built this jewelry box for my niece.  It was supposed to be for her HS graduation, but I wasn’t done in time.  ( I hadn’t even started!)  She graduated college in June and I finally gave it to her last month. It’s made from one block of quilted big leaf maple.  I’m calling it a Hybrid Bandsaw Box because it doesn’t quite fit the strict definition, and because I thought that would make a catchy title.  Of course I have a video!

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

One Response

  1. the saw mill looks great amazing how fast things go when you aren’t working alone. have you thought about moving down to texas?

    garry waters

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