Matt’s Weekly Shop Update – November 14, 2018

Busy week! In the shop I made good progress on the sideboard by getting the doors built and mostly installed. I also made all the knobs for the doors and drawers. I have a lot of slabs to stack so while I was applying finish to the door panels, I got started on a batch of my stack leveling bases. Out in the cremonatorium, I slabbed up the big red oak log that was on my mill and I had a visitor who brought a trailer of logs from Mississippi.

Thanks for visiting, Phil!

T shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and plans:

The Sideboard Project:

Viewer Projects

Cookie Top Side Table by Glen

Here is the white oak side table that I built. The broken cookie was in my buddies burn pile.  The rotten wood was stabilized with multiple pours of regular epoxy and finished with polyurethane   The Top glass is tempered.

Live Edge Waterfall Urn by Joshua

The joinery is basic, I routed two parallel dados into the walnut slab before cutting the miters so i could inset the maple sides. I then cleaned up the extremely rough live edges with a rough sanding, a blow torch and a wire wheel. I cut the miters on a my first table saw sled (very basic but i added a stripe of wood 90 degrees to the blade that would ride inside the walnut slab dados). This is how I was able to keep the miters parallel with one another. I cut rabbits in the maple sides so i could hide the bottom. Once glued together i used a rasp to contour the live edge portions that didn’t match up perfectly and then I burned those fresh wood areas to match the rest. I finished the box with a wipe on poly.

Crib and End Table by Richard

This is a crib and a small end table I made for our daughter.
The crib is made from locally harvested cherry from the Ozark of Arkansas. The stool/side table is locally harvested catalpa all from the same slab.
This was my first crib. I used mortise and tenons to construct the crib along with brass bolts to disassemble when needed. It is finished with Waterlox Sealer/Finish and paste wax.
The stool was my version of Nick Offerman’s berry stool in his book Good Clean Fun. Finished with Waterlox and paste wax.

Harp case by Art

My brother picked up a harp some time ago and the case was in bad shape. He asked me to make him a case. This is my first case of any type. I have been woodworking all my life. (I’m now 72) and this presented me with a challenge. The wood is ¼ inch mahogany mostly scraps, the top and bottom are four pieces glued up two for the top, two for the bottom. The sides are tong and grove, mortis and tenon 18 pieces of mostly ¼ inch mahogany. The corners were glued ¾ inch scrap built up so I could cut the corners on the band saw. No fasteners were used only Tight Bond III glue. I used mahogany stain and three costs of varnish with light sanding in between each coat.

The inside is lined with ¼ inch foam car head liner and I made a cushion for underneath the neck and as a string protector for the top. Of course my family name is stamped on the case.

Home Addition & Renovation

Cabinetry and open seating

Welcome back to our home renovation and remodel.  Today, I am hoping to have the island cabinetry built out, as well as getting the leg

Home Addition & Renovation

White Oak Kitchen Island Leg

Welcome back to the shop! I’m continuing on with the white oak island build. Last time I made the end panels for the cabinetry unit,

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