Matt’s Weekly Shop Update – Sept 20, 2016

This past week I was a speaker at Woodworking in America.  I had 3 different presentations on each of the show days and I thought they went really well.

Fix This Build That

Viewer Projects

Dining Table by Kyle

Walnut for all the pieces ( maple boarder ) – the legs are inserted inside of a 1/2’’ angled mortise on the bottom.

Shield by Julian

The whole thing is made from stuff i had lying around the house ! The main board is made from an old joyce in my house that was cut up and joined with dowels. I then cut it round using the table saw. Once it was round i carved the general shape of our team history logo on the front using the router.  It was a huge mess!  Once that was done i added the metal band around the sides and engraved some messages into it!  Once that was done i did some detail work on the top using the dremal and sand paper. The handles were made out of an old belt and a steel tube that was hammered and bent into shape. I then laced some leather around it for comfort. Once that was done i put it all together and gave the front and back surfaces a coat of home made vinegar and steel wool stain to make it look ancient , then coated it with 3 layers of wax. This was my first major build and it was heaps of fun

Sideboard by Arvid

It’s made with both hand tools and power tools/machines. the sliding door is 3-layer laminated and shaped on the table saw. the doors are joined with loose splines so that they are removable.

its all made out of american elm except for the handles on the drawer that are walnut.

Kitchen Island Counter Top by Adam

y most recent piece was commissioned by a client who supplied 7 yellow birch slabs and asked me to make a kitchen island counter top. The lumber had been milled by the clients father 15 years ago to be used as sleigh runners. The father has since passed away and the client had no use for sleigh runners but was renovating her fathers house to live in herself and felt the lumber could be used as the top to the kitchen island. I mostly just do woodworking as a hobby for myself so it was interesting to explore commission work.

The total dimensions are 72″ long by 38″ wide by 1.5″ thick and it weights a lot. The bowties are ash and I tinted the epoxy with charcoal dust. It’s sanded to 600 grit and finished with a commercial tung oil finish.

Bench by Matt

I’ve built this piece for my son’s room with thick pieces of pine we pulled from a barn that was falling down. Wrestling heavy pieces during glue up was a little more exciting than I expected. I was really happy that the contrast between the planed wood and the wood with original sawmill marks stands out.

Field Trips

The Fastest Way to Scoop a Chair Seat

Today we’re going to do a little behind-the-scenes look at how the seats are scooped for the chair kits.  A lot of people assume this

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