Work Table

Posted on June 18, 2010

drawing table

Here’s the latest project from the wood shop. A drawing board/all-purpose work table. I made one a while back for myself out of some scrap cedar we had from the wedding to put my drawing board on. Kristen’s sister, Jenni, put in an order for one recently. I made this one out of a maple veneered plywood, with pine for the saw horse style legs. The top has a nice surface of translucent Vyco on it. It’s a simple little project that has seen much use!

Writing Desk

Posted on April 25, 2010

writing desk

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As my wife is a writer, it came to my [our] attention that she currently does not have a desk for writing, or a desk at all for that matter. I set out to remedy that problem.

For all writer’s must have a place to write.

I returned to the shop and put the new planer to the test, reworking some old oak tongue and groove flooring we had. It was the perfect length and width for this project.

I glued the top, and cut mortise and tenons for the sides and legs. I also made a taper jig to get a nice soft taper for the legs. The drawer was also a fun as I tried something I had not done before: the half-blind dovetail, by hand. It came out out a little rough but is nice, and is definitely a strong joint.

So now that she has a desk… let the writing begin. Here’s to her first novel, book of poetry, short story or whatever else her mind dreams!

Platform Bed

Posted on March 4, 2010

So, it only took me a little over 6 months, but my promise to make our first bed has been kept,

It is now complete!!

platform bed

Check out a few more pictures on Flickr: The Platform Bed

What a project to undertake. It’s a rather simple design, but has taken a while to come together. Especially only having the weekends to work on it for a while. Not having any work lately has allowed me to get it finished up.

Another part that took a while was finding the wood. I wanted to use rough sawn lumber, for a finished, rustic look. So after scouring craigslist for weeks I finally found a guy who had cleaned out a saw mill that had closed.

Kris and I went late one evening on the spur of the moment and it ended up getting dark by the time we got there, so I tried to pick out these huge planks of rough sawn lumber in the headlights of my car. After planing it down we discovered that we ended up with a mix of pine and oak.

Only when we bought this wood I forgot to calculate for enough to make the head board. So, the frame has been together for a while now, but I just recently found another guy to buy more wood from, some beautiful white oak, and was able to finish the head board.

All in all it was a fun project, but I’m glad to say that it’s finally done. Whew.

platform bed 2

New Shelf

Posted on January 17, 2010

the bath shelf

so we needed a shelf for our bathroom. there’s hardly any storage in there, so our hallway was doing the job of holding most of the items that didn’t have a place.

and seeing as i still had some of the cedar wood leftover from the piece i built to go on the stage at our wedding, i knew it would work perfect.

after putting the first coat of poly on the bed yesterday i turned my attention to the shelf. it was a quick little job. i used the table saw to cut a groove for the acrylic door to sit in and then i mitered the corners and finally joined everything with a biscuit jointer.

it turned out nice and does the job.

in progress

Posted on January 8, 2010

i’ve been quite busy since i started working a few months ago but i have found time here and there to work on the next project: a bed.

i don’t have any process pictures, so you’ll have to wait for the final images of it. but as a preview, it’s a platform bed that i made out of some rough sawn lumber i came across on craigslist. the guy i bought it from had bought all the wood from an old sawmill that closed down.

it’s been a fun project, but definitely takes some time. check back soon for more pictures.

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