Tuesday, May 26, 2020

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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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frontpage “Woodworking during Quarantine" Corona Carriers

When a woodworker is quarantined she builds a Corona case -- It's a carrier. I used a bunch of scraps and a few strips of exotic wood to make these unique craft beer carrying cases. A quick order from Amazon for bottle openers, a little lacquer, and boom - a dozen cases. It was a fun easy project that kept me busy all weekend. Follow the Read More link below to see closeups of some of the cases. Stay tuned to see what's next on the quarantine to-do list. 

Read more: 6 Apr 2020 Woodworks During COVID19

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frontpage “Air Filtration" Making the Shop Safer

This past weekend, Jules and I hung a new Air Filtration system in the shop. The purpose is to clean more air to make it safer for us to work in the shop. It has the added benefit of reducing dust particles when it comes to finishing time. It is actually pretty quiet so it can run while I'm working. It has three speeds and a timer to allow it to be left on when I'm finished working at the end of the day. It was quite a challenge to get it on the ceiling but a few ratchet straps helped us hold it while I bolted it to some 2x6s I secured to studs

Read more: 17 Mar 2020 Air Filtration System

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frontpage “Custom Build" Walnut with Maple String Inlay

Custom furniture is not cheap and I completely understand why most people don't want to pay the extra cost. In most situations, you can find a great piece of furniture that will meet your needs for a fraction of the cost of a custom-built project. But if you find yourself in need of a unique piece for a specific location and a specific function, then often custom furniture is the only way to get exactly what you need.

I just recently built this custom piece for one of my regular customers. We've worked together on several projects and this was just another of the great projects I was given the opportunity to help them with. It is an electronics cabinet built to fit under the TV in a very small room. It was critical that it fit exactly and not take up any more space than necessary. This walnut 34" by 34" cabinet is only 6" deep. It's mounted on a French cleat to allow it to hang on the wall to avoid the baseboard and to ensure it would be stable given its narrow shape. All the electronics are tucked neatly behind two doors with a hole cut for handles (this increases the airflow for cooling the electronics). It has a 1/16" string inlay around the door to give is just a subtle bit of color. 

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Read more: 9 Feb 2020 Custom Builds

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