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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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Coffee & end table update

by on Jan.26, 2012, under DIY, Woodworking

I have finished the coffee table and end table from a standpoint of building. Now I am moving onto finishing. I decided on Varathane Red Mahogany  for the color. I used a conditioner first and the end table turned out pretty good without too much blotching. I think because I used air dried wood that had been cut a few years ago. The coffee table was cherry lumber I bought that was kiln dried. I first used the same method on the top and it blotched very bad. I had to strip and sand it. I bought some Charles Neil blotch control and used this before staining. This worked great! I will post some pictures of the staining on the coffee table soon. The drawers in the coffee table are a rabbeted sliding dovetail with walnut dowels. I also included a couple shots of my workshop.

 

 

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End table and new Bandsaw

by on Dec.24, 2011, under DIY, Woodworking

I finished the cherry end table based off of a plan in WOOD magazine. It is ready to be finished. I am waiting to finish this table when I complete the cherry coffee table I am making. I have most of the lumber milled. Yesterday I finished up the mortise and tenon for the support on the bottom. The only part I have left is the side to mortise and tenon where the drawers will fit into. I need a couple more board for the top. I purchased a new Grizzly G0555P  Bbndsaw with a riser block.  I can resaw lumber up to 12″. I resawed some stock for the slats in the bottom of the coffee table that was about 5″ thick. It cut like butter with a Timber Wolf 3tpi blade.

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