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  1. 2325 Log

    I received this Log from a friend's wife. My friend's wife requested that I inscribe their address on the wood. I have never done this before, and while it took a lot of time and required a bunch of chemicals, I was pretty happy with the end result. I was surprised how well I could stay...
  2. Simple dresser

    Sort of loosely inspired by campaign furniture. Carcase, web frames, and drawer fronts are 3/4 birch ply from Home Depot edged with 1/4 inch oak strips. Varathane oil based American Walnut stain, finished with oil based satin Varathane poly. The finish job isn't the greatest, particularly on...
  3. Pantry door storage

    This was a honey-do request, but the best part of this project is that it was 100% free in materials. I made it all out of scraps or materials I already had on hand. Plus it's an example of my wood/scrap "hoarding" justification. All of this stuff was previously taking up valuable shelf space...
  4. Pallet Wood Kitchen Island Countertop

    I finally completed the countertop made from pallet wood. This was made for my sister and brother-in-law. They own a grocery store in Chicago, and were interested in using pallet wood for their new kitchen island. They go through hundreds of pallets every year, so it was particularly...
  5. Pine End Tables

    This set of pine end tables match the previous coffee table project. Stain is Varathane - Gunstock and top coat is Minwax Semi-Gloss Polyurethane. One table was built without a shelf because it's near our front door and shoes get stored under it. I didn't plan it this way, but the drawers are...
  6. My version of the Roubo Bookstand

    Here is my version of the Roubo bookstand made famous to woodworkers by Roy Underhill. Mine is made from pine and sports a little carving to dress it up. I stained it with a walnut stain to give it some colour. I enjoyed making this project and look forward to making another.
  7. Festool Guide Rail Hanger

    I wanted to build something to hold my Festool rail so they don't get damaged or bumped into. I did some looking on Festool's user group (FOG) and found nothing that really meant my design needs. So I came up with this design that fits right between my wood rack and garage door. The basic...
  8. Paint Pallet

    For Christmas of 1012 I made these two paint pallets for my younger brother and sister. Cut out of 1/4 in sureply. For the finished I used a couple coats of Danish Oil and then applied a few coats of Varathane.
  9. Desk

    This is my most recent project, just finished this past week, I've been working on it since January, mostly on weekends and the odd evening after work. This was made as a birthday gift for my older brother. Everything is made out of spruce 2×3's for home depot. For this project all tools were...
  10. Glass Topped Desk

    This is a desk that I made for my son Gabriel. It is made of primarily 2x lumber from the big box store, some 1/2" plywood scraps and the 1/4" tempered glass was salvaged from a school demolition site. There is a space between the drawer and the top that serves multiple purposes. He can store...
  11. Finishing
    We picked up our new exterior door a couple of weeks ago and then had a cabinet maker (who makes furniture for the company I work for) cut it down to size, removing a scant 1/2 inch from each side so that the door is now 35" wide, like my existing door. Then this week-end we started finishing...
  12. Focus on the Workspace
    In my basement based workshop I currently have 7 machines hooked into my Delta 1.5 hp DC unit. All lines into it are currently 4" flex pipe and I have never had any issues with collecting any shavings. Notes: a). I dress quite a bit of rough-sawn lumber and can easily fill a bag of shavings...
  13. Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories
    I'm about to pull the trigger on a Grizzly G0715P Table Saw and like the idea of saving space by adding a router attachment. Can anyone that has the T10222 router attachment on their Grizzly saw comment on the quality and pro's/con's for the accessory? Do you find yourself wishing you did a...
  14. Finishing
    I'm brand new to spraying finishes and I'm very pleased with the performance of my Critter sprayer (purchased from Amazon) and the General Finishes High-Performance Water Based Matte Top Coat. The General Finishes top coat is a bit expensive and I've seen good reviews on the Varathane Water...
  15. Finishing
    So I tried shellac under oil based stain on some cherry wainscoting I am building for my office. The shellac is the Zinsser seal coat dewaxed variety, thinned 2:3 shellac to denatured alcohol. I sprayed the shellac with a clean HVLP, and let it dry completely. The shellac went on beautifully...
  16. Finishing
    im seeing using 320 grit for a light sanding as the most common response across the web? directions are sand after coat has sat for more than 24 hours clean dust off I see not to use tack cloths or steel wool maybe use a damp rag, but not mineral spirits I put 3 coats of poly on and will sand...
  17. Finishing
    From everything I have read, watched and heard I fully anticipate a barrage of opinions on this. I am in such a quandary about this, so hopefully some input of wisdom from the experienced woodworkers can help me come to conclusion before I lose my mind. I have a SheShack that has plywood...
  18. Blogs
    Planning I have already started to make a crib for my soon to be here son. I started with a sketchup drawing of what the crib would look like and to help me visualize what I would need to do. Also, it was to show my wife the design for approval before going forward. I read a few articles...
  19. Blogs
    Water-based varnish Last week I finished an outfeed/assembly table and decided that it wasn't slick enough even after hitting it with 220 grit paper so I decided to finish it so I could sand it higher and give some protection since it will also become a main work area. Traditionally I've...
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