Projects

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This will be more of a gallery page, where highlights (and possibly lowlights) will appear. Stay tuned for some of them!

For a teaser, here are two galleries.  The first is something I’m in the process of reconstructing.  For those who might remember a previous blog I did, “What Not to Do,” I have a few entries of this woodworking-themed blog that were featured in “Spoken Wood,” the audio podcast offered by Matt Vanderlist of Matt’s Basement Workshop, one of the first podcasts on the web of, by, and for woodworking.  (And a source of inspiration often, I might add.  I cannot stress how worth bookmarking the site is; if I could send you one just for reading this post I would.)  But one that has not made it to the Spoken Wood is the one that I started on turning OSB (Oriented Strand Board) on a lathe.

I’ve enlisted some help from sources across the world, including Highland Woodworking , but have not completed the preparation work yet to complete the experiment.  Once I get some time (possibly late December), I will try to recreate or retrieve the previous blog post on the initial turning experiment.  Until then, this teaser image will have to do.

Sample OSB spindle completed, next to 1 inch skew chisel for comparison.
Sample OSB spindle completed, next to 1 inch skew chisel for comparison.

One other project, which has hit a minor stumbling block, and will be altered to meet my current needs, is something in the “College Furniture” series.  This will be a true “Five Minute Project,” not because it only takes five minutes, but because it can be completed in five minute steps or skills.  This is a basic table, usable for dining or desk purposes.  The materials are available at any home center, although I purchased everything but the tools from a local lumber supplier.  (Not only were they closer, the quality of the materials was higher than what I was looking at in the home center.  But you pay for higher quality: the plywood I used was A/C grade plywood, meaning the one face – the “A” face – is definitely a show face.  By comparison, the “C” face is perfectly acceptable to make cabinets out of in your kitchen.  Some builders will even put a veneer or false panel on it, some people use it for shop furniture, and some people even do craft items with it.  Each sheet cost me $85.  This project uses one full sheet of 3/4 inch plywood and two 8 foot long 2 by 4s.)

This will be altered into a coffee table, but before I show the process on that, I’ll create the guide to make this table.  Look for that in time for Thanksgiving dinner.  (And the project won’t take more than one day for even the moderately dedicated… finishing time not included.)

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