Matt’s Weekly Shop Update – Sept 23, 2017

I’m back from my trip to the UK with my almost complete chair.  In a few weeks after I’m done with the highboy, I’ll be finishing it up and gluing it together.  On the highboy, I added the knee blocks to the lower case and glued up the panels that will start to form the upper case.
A HUGE thank you to Triton Tools for making the trip possible!
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Viewer Projects

Leafed Butternut Bowl by Sean

Here is one of the bowls I turned from the butternut you sent me last year.
I metal leafed the outside of the bowl with silver and treated it with liver of sulfur to create the patina.

Cherry Bed by Rob

I’ve been woodworking for a little over a year. I built the Wood Whisper’s queen size bed ( from cherry with bookmatched walnut panels. The rough lumber was harvested locally and has been air drying in a barn for 30 years.  I built Gregory Paolini’s horizontal slot mortiser ( for all the mortise and tenon joinery. It’s finished with dewaxed shellac followed by 3 coats of General Finishes Satin Arm R Seal.

Walnut Slab Coffee Table by Michael

My name is Michael and I’m seventeen years old. These pictures are of a walnut slab coffee table that is definitely my favorite project so far (i’ve been woodworking for about 3 years). I got the slab from woodcraft and the hairpin legs from rockler. I stabilized the cracks with epoxy tinted with a pearl white color. I used general finishes arm-r-seal to finish it with two coats on the bottom and sides and three coats on the top.

Jewelry Box by Jorge

I have been working on this jewelry box for weeks and I finally finished it.
It is heavily inspired on (i.e. a copy of) your tea box. I watched those videos a gazillion times and I learned a ton, so thank you so much for uploading them.
 Making this box was also a huge learning experience.  There are quite a number of things I wouldn’t mess up if I did it again 🙂
 Starting with the separator between the drawers which is not from the same board and so the grain doesn’t match and I can’t tell you how much it saddens me.  I actually screwed it up three times.  The very first time I cut the tails on the wrong side of the separator. Then I found a second piece that sort of looked like it, but cut it a half a milimeter too short. So then I cut a third separator, but I glued it upside down so the grain, which was supposed to match, somewhat, doesn’t match at all.  So bottom line that separator just did not want to happen 🙂

Home Addition & Renovation

Connecting the Basements

Welcome back to our home addition/remodel series.  One of the most popular questions that we have gotten throughout the build as we were installing the

Home Addition & Renovation

Removing the Staircase

Welcome back to our home addition/renovation project. In the past six weeks, we’ve put two additions on this house.  We’ve got this big one back

Woodworking Projects

Adding the Serpentine Profile to the Case

Welcome to my shop and welcome back to my series on building a serpentine chest of drawers. Last time we did all the dovetailed casework. 

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