Matt’s Weekly Shop Update – July 19, 2016

I made a ton of progress on the farmhouse table this week.  The top is almost complete and I’ve gotten started on the base. 

Guy’s Woodshop:

Viewer Projects

Matching Coffee, Dining, and End Tables by Joe

I am a hand-tool only woodworker and wanted to share a recent project I have done. My brother and his wife recently purchased their first house so I made these matching tables as a house warming gift for them.
There is a 6 foot dining table, a coffee table, and an end table(you can just see that one under the blue lamp). All 3 are from knotty Alder. His wife likes an old/reclaimed wood look. I wasn’t able to get my hands on any barn wood, but this looks good enough.
The wood was kiln dried and I think it was done too fast. Each board  had a quarter of an inch of twist over 8 feet. It was a lot of work to flatten them out by hand but I think the end result was worth it. Maybe some day I can get some of your air dried lumber to work with 🙂
The apron on the table has hand cut dovetails with an addition support across the width in the center, and bent wire legs. The other two tables are just on a simple wooden frame which gives a modern design to them.
If you want, you can read more about it them on my blog at

Bench by Derar

Pen by Levi

What makes this pen unique is that I made it without a lathe and it is hexagonal along it a length. I made it from a couple of blanks from an oak work top. The blanks both receive a groove down the middle with a 90 degree v bit at the router table and then they are glued together with the grooves aligning to make a hole down the middle.

Despite the fact I could have created stopped grooves, I didn’t and added an end cap out of scrap mahogany. I created a tenon using a plug cutter in the cap which fits in the end of the pen.

The shaping started at the table saw with the blade at 60 degrees. I then planned the final side and sanded to the final shape.

Reclaimed Mahogany Box by Conor

I’ve attached some photos of a reclaimed mahogany box i just finished making for my rock and fossil collection, the mahogany came from discarded window frames that somebody was going to get rid off, after being ripped up and planing by hand i made this, though i had some help from my fathers table saw for the box joints!
I’m 21 and from London in the UK, my shop is rather unique as its just 4 and a half feet by 9 feet big, oh well 😛

Bowl by Clayton

This is the first bowl I’ve made. It was made with Purple Heart and Guatambu. I learned a lot with the project and I look forward to making another one soon.


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

4 Responses

  1. Matt,for an outdoor project, how long do you dry the wood? I thought you said there was some 16/4 in this project and it’s been drying for 2 years? Did it dry outside? Did you monitor the moisture content?

    I have some black locust that was cut and rough milled last year that wants to be an outdoor table and some Adirondacks… Just curious how long I should wait before helping that dream come true 😉


    1. It was cut in Nov 2014 and was air dried outdoors until Sept 2015. I rough cut everything to size and brought it indoors to dry some more. It was at 18% last fall and is sitting around 9-10% right now. It’s drier than it needs to be. I would have been fine with 12% or so.

  2. Hey Matt,
    I’m a huge fan of the videos you post. I’ve always been curious why you trailer logs home then slab them instead of doing it in the field?

    1. It’s way more convenient to bring them home. That way I can mill them on my time. I don’t have to cut them all at once. I can make a cut or two whenever I’m in the mood until the log is sawn. Most of the logs I cut are big enough that I only get a cut or two before I have to sharpen the chain anyways. The other thing is something always seems to go wrong when I mill on site.

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