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I found out last Thursday that I needed to have my knee worked on, torn meniscus, and would need either a crutch or a cane post surgery. So, at 6’8” I have a little trouble running out to Walgreens and getting something in my size. 2 days later… read more...

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The handle for the box is a stick I found while my wife and I were on vacation on Washington State’s coast. The top is curly cherry that I was given by a woodworker friend who moved to a different state. The box sides are maple. I began this project by determining a desired approximate size. I then used the golden rectangle equation to achieve my final dimension. The lifts for the handle were cut from walnut scrap. I then drilled through them for mounting to the box top. I filed the top of the lifts to get a decent fit to the stick which was then epoxied in place. The finish is read more...

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I was practicing cleaning up mortises with my chisels when I decided I’d really like a nice mallet. I recently picked up some walnut with nice figure in it and decided to use that. I followed the second half of Jay Bates’ mallet video instructions so that my handle is friction fit and I can just replace the head when the time comes. I decided on chamfering the edges instead of suing a roundover bit and then just finished with some clear shellac. I’m pretty pleased with the size, weight, grain and finish. I’ve already been banging on things and she’s a read more...

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I shaped the body of this car with a spokeshave and rasp after cutting the profile with a handsaw, then turned the wheels, driver and axels. This project was made out of an Oak log salvaged from the firewood pile. I finished it with Organic Boiled Linseed Oil and added a yellow tint to the wheels using Turmeric :) read more...

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After much searching on Google and Pinterest, we settled on Big Craftsman steel table legs by Symmetry Hardware of Portland, Oregon. As I write this, the legs are on order, but they should look like this rendering. It took us a long time to find the perfect legs. I modeled several options, and I thought I’d show some of them in case it helps any other prospective desk or table builders. Square rectangular tube legs (thick on top): Bent metal bar legs, also rectangular (Big 90 legs, also from Symmetry Hardware): Half-tapered legs: Trapezoidal legs: Trapezoidal read more...

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This series of blog posts describes a mid-century-modern-inspired computer desk I started building recently. A few months ago, my wife and I decided to replace our old Sauder (knock-down furniture) executive-style desk with something newer and a bit smaller. After a lot of research and SketchUp modeling, we settled on something similar to desks designed by Milo Baughman and others likely inspired by him and his contemporaries. Our design includes these elements: Simple, clean lines. Waterfall grain pattern (mitered corners, where the wood grain flows up one side of the cabinet, read more...

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Woodworking is largely an exercise in subtraction. For much of what we do that subtraction is obvious - we can see the kerf left from a saw, we can watch the shavings fall out of our handplane and we brush shavings away from the work surface when we sand or read more...

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Clock from Greek Black Walnut wood. read more...

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A while back. I posted some Man-Trays.....you know, a place for a guy to dump his wallet, keys, change, etc. Well, recently I got an order for 8 matching Man-Trays from a young man who is getting married and wanted to give each of his groomsmen a special gift. He requested that they be alike and made of walnut with a maple “racing stripe” running through thrm. The Trays are 5.25 inches square and stand about 1.25 inches tall. The bottom foot is covered in black leather, and they are finished with satin poly. read more...

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This step-by-step project video shows you how to build a classic oak bookcase. The post VIDEO: Building a Classic Bookcase appeared first on Woodworking | Videos | Plans | How read more...

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