Matt’s Weekly Shop Update – June 28, 2016

This week I finally installed the last of the casing from my trim project and I spent a good amount of time researching and planning my large bandsaw mill build.

The Dusty Life:


Viewer Projects

Cherry Sideboard by Richard

Built with Brazilian cherry and curly cherry plywood for the panels.  My first cabinet style project.

Rustic Step Stool by Shaun

I made this rustic step stool to access higher areas of my garage workshop (every storage space counts!!) It is made out of old pallets that and finished with a coat of boiled linseed oil.

Holzapffel Workbench by Scott

If I had known how great it was using a proper bench earlier, I would have built this bench a year ago. Seriously, if you have a 2×4 bench that wobbles, burn it and build one you can be proud of and weighs 300lbs.


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Crib by Sean

I had come across some downed poplar trees on my in laws property back in December of 2013. I ripped a couple of 50″ sections down the middle with a borrowed chainsaw and brought them back to my shop. I had no experience with this type of thing, but I built a little sled and milled all the logs on my 14 ” (no riser block) band saw. I stacked, stickered, labeled, and strapped all the milled lumber together and stuck it up in my attic.
Flash forward to April of 2015 when I started the crib. Since it was a girl, the wife wanted it to be painted. I used some old fir beams I had lying around and some 8/4 poplar offcuts to make the two end assemblies. They are basically just a frame and panel construction with floating mortise and tenon joinery. I don’t have a domino, so I just use a simple jig and edge guide with my router to make the mortises.
I knew the poplar I milled myself wasn’t the best. I used it to make all of the slats (30 total) since they weren’t very crucial to the structure. I attached all the slats with floating tenons as well… on both ends… which meant a total of 64 mortises to be routed! I know I don’t have to tell you about the monotony of crib slat production. I then put together a little indexing jig to correctly space the corresponding mortise in the crib rails.
Fortunately, my son’s nursery furniture converted to a full size bed which left me with a spare crib mattress, spring frame, and assembly bolts. I got some threaded inserts which I secured in the end of the crib rails so I would be able to break it down. Lastly, I milled all my own molding “trim” to create some faux panels on the ends and cap the top and bottom. The finish is homemade chalk paint protected by a few coats of polycrylic. I made a small end table, and modified an old dresser to complete the whole nursery “set” I guess.
Chair Kits

Chair Kit Style 6 Assembly Instructions

Order Chair Kits here: What You’ll Need Sander with 120, 180, and 220 grit Sandpaper Router 5/16″ or greater roundover bit (for the front of

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So Many Purlins

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Setting the Trusses

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