Wednesday, April 01, 2020

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frontpage “Garage Woodworks' Horizontal Mortiser"

Poplar & Birch Plywood Jig.

I've been watching Brian Grella from Garage Woodworks for several years on Youtube, and I fell in love with his loose tenon joinery. It is a quick and easy way to construct fine furniture, and it provides a super strong joint that looks amazing. I'd been watching him use his mortiser, and I've wanting to build it for a long time. Finally, this fall, I ordered the plans and started the build. It is not easy, and I had to send Brian several questions--which he answered immediately, but after several challenging weekends in the shop, I finally finished the project. I'm anxious to give it a try it out and build my first loose tenon furniture. If you are interested in building this mortising machine check out Brian Grella's page 

Read more: 3 January 2018 Horizontal Mortiser

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frontpage “Oak Bar Stool"

Dyed oak bar stools.

This solid oak bar stool was inspired by a DIY Tyler build. I used Tyler's dimensions and basic design with a few modifications. I used Festool dominos for the joinery. I cut the top of the stool with a bandsaw to create the curve in the seat. After sanding everything, I used a damp rag to wipe down all the pieces. After they dried, I sanded down the raised grain to 220 grit before I wiped on the water-based black dye. I used several coats to get it as dark as possible. Once the dye was dry I sanded off several spots to create a distressed look. Then I put on five coats of satin wipe-on polyurethane. 

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frontpage “Diresta Inspired Walnut Table"

Eight place table for the cabin.

I built this walnut table for the cabin after I saw Jimmy Diresta build a conference table with strips of wood glued to a sub-straight. Watch his video on Youtube to see how Jimmy made his large meeting table I used two sheets of birch plywood as the sub-straight and solid walnut for the 2" think legs and apron. Then I cut lots of 3/16" strips to cover the top and sides. I used a curve shape so I cut the side pieces about 1/8" thick so I could bend them around the curves. When all the strips were in place I used a trim router to cut even with the sub-straight. I used epoxy with sawdust to fill in any holes or gaps and finished it off with eight coats of wiping varnish. It turned out great.

Read more: 25 Aug 2017 Walnut Table

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frontpage “Hickory Sofa Server" 12" Hickory Furniture for Cabin.

This cool asset to the cabin is made of hickory. This is a great little piece that sit under the edge of the sofa. It is a great place to set a computer or a cup of hot chocolate. I used a pattern from a May 2013 issu of Wood Magazine. I adapted it slightly and added the inlay that matches the other hickoy furniture in the cabin. It was a quick project built in one day. I finished it with a polyeurathan blend with boiled linseed oil and mineral spirits. Making the brace under the table very strong is critical to this build. 

Read more: 22 Jan 2017 Hickory Sofa Server

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