Wednesday, December 01, 2021

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frontpage “Wooden Gifts" by FroggyBuilder

I've been building wooden gift items for several years now when I'm not working on a commission. Additionally, the excessive cost of wood due to COVID has caused me to limit large wood purchases, so instead of large furniture projects, I've created more gift items. I really enjoy the small projects and I actually have quite a large collection of items right now. I've included some photos and I can ship anywhere in the U.S. Contact me if you would like to purchase a wooden gift or if you'd just like to get some information. 

Read more: 21 Jun 2021 Wooden Gifts by Froggy

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frontpage “Swing by the River" Red Oak

When we first bought our cabin, we fell in love with a location that overlooked the river below. I knew then six years ago that I wanted to put a swing in that spot. It took me six years almost exactly to get it done but we finally have a swing by the river.

I built it using red oak and put on a thick coat of Spar varnish, something I expect to have to do annually because of the damage caused by the UV from the harsh New Mexico sun, but it looks and feels amazing. I used a pattern copied from April Wilkerson. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaMWwxuPWZE&t=1s She also has a pattern for the frame. I used her frame for inspiration. 

It is a great project! I had fun building it and I hope to enjoy the relaxing location for many years to come. 

Read more: 9 Jun 2021 Swing by the River

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frontpage “Butcher Block Table" Maple & Walnut

I just finished this rustic Butcher Block Kitchen Island. It was a custom build designed and constructed to my customer’s exact specifications. It was sized specifically for my customer’s kitchen space and designed to be a full-functional butcher block cutting surface. It was glued-up with 2” stripes of 8/4 maple accented with walnut for the chess-board and the bottom stretcher. It is also built to be transportable. It is built in four separate pieces easily constructed with two pins to hold the center stretcher in place. The extremely heavy and stable top is set on the trestle style legs and held in place with four 5/8” metal dowels.

Read more: 18 Jun 2020 Butcher Block Table

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frontpage “Tea Box" Walnut & Hickory

I spent this past weekend working on yet another project for the cabin. It was small in comparison to most of the cabin projects approximately 16" x 12" x 5". It's a little tea storage box made from some leftover materials. There are a few flaws in the walnut case because I didn't have enough material to cut it out. It still looks okay.

It is pretty simple and it didn't take long. The walnut case has mitered corners with hickory splines in the corners. Unfortunately, the splines are barely visible. The drawer is made of hickory and runs on thin wooden rails--waxed to reduce friction. I tried to get a really nice drawer fitting but dang that is hard--it works but it is not a piston fit as I'd like. I used some thin oak lumber I had to make the dividers on the inside. I was seeing how creative I could be without using any new lumber. 

Read more: 5 May 2020 Tea Box

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