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Finished Coffee Table and End Table

by on Dec.31, 2012, under DIY, Woodworking

I finished both of these tables in early 2012. The end table is the WOOD magazine telephone stand plan. It went together fast since I was following a plan.

The coffee table came out really nice and I am proud of this piece. This is an original design I came up with taking some elements from the end table I built. I like craftsman style and the slat bottom is where the inspiration for that part of the table came from. I like to stick to clean lines, but not “too” shaker style like. This table I used all mortise and tenon joinery. The two drawers can be opened from either side. I used a sliding dovetail with walnut pins. The drawers are solid poplar.

I first had trouble with the finish. When I started with the top I had terrible blotching. I ended up having to sand the top down again. I ordered the Charles Neil wood treatment. This stuff works great! I was impressed. I put on two coats and hit it with 320 before staining with an oil-based red mahogany. I had to put on two coats of stain to reach the correct color. I then used a varnish satin finish.

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Cutting and serving board gifts

by on Dec.30, 2012, under DIY, Woodworking

I had two more cousins that were married this year. I also made end grain cutting boards for them along with some serving boards. I used some purpleheart in the serving boards and tried the curve technique using the bandsaw. It turned out very well and glued up without any problems. The last picture is the first face grain cutting board I made and is similar to the serving board. I used maple, cherry, and purpleheart. I made a small stand for my aunt to display it on her counter.


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Wedding Gift

by on Sep.08, 2012, under DIY, Woodworking

For my cousin Maria’s wedding this summer I made an end grain cutting board. I thought it would be fitting because her husband is a chef. I used some 8/4 stock of cherry and soft maple. I finished it with General Salad Bowel finish. This left a very nice finish. The second item is a balancing wine holder made from some scrap cherry.


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I found a BIG Rock

by on Jul.20, 2012, under DIY, Home Improvement

Digging the sewer trench we hit two big rocks. The first one we though was big, but then we hit this rock and it was three or four times the size of the first one we hit. It took us about an hour to dig it out using the excavator and a pick axe.

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2012 Garden

by on Jun.10, 2012, under DIY, Gardening

I took some pictures of the garden tonight. Everything is growing well this year. Spring I didn’t get rained out for a long period of time like last year, but it has been dry. I have been having to water some of the plants.

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