Extending Trestle Table

I was recently commissioned to build a Trestle table.  The only issue is that the client wanted the table to extend and accept a leaf in the middle.  This is tricky as trestle tables generally aren’t able to extend due to the stretcher that goes between the two leg assemblies.  Because of this I came up with a rail and guide system that allows the top to slide apart with out the base moving at all.  Take a look at the video to see how I built the table.

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Better Breadboard Ends with the Festool Domino

I like to use my Domino.  It makes life in the shop so much easier and more efficient.  Very important things when you are trying to make a living building furniture.  So, I try to find as many uses for it as possible.  

I’ve used my Domino for breadboard ends for sometime now and I made a video on the process a few years ago.  I’ll link it below.  But recently I’ve come up with a better way to do breadboard ends with the Festool Domino.  Check the video below to see the new process and the video below it to see the old one.

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Extending Trestle Table with Turned Legs

The first commissions I got after moving to Pennsylvania from Maryland is this extending trestle table.  I friend of mine from high school ordered it from me and I think I can say my first PA commission is a success!  Check the video below to see how I did it.

Here are a few photos the client provided after the table was delivered.

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Festool Gear

Grizzly Gear

INCRA Gear

Drills, Drivers and Glue

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Building the Prism Table Base

If you’ve been following for work recently, you’ll know that I’ve been doing work for a client who enjoys modern furniture.  I built several credenzas in a particular style.  I’ve now built this table base for them in the same style and will begin building them three doors in the same style.


The video below shows just how I built the base. The piece of quartz on top of it weighs around 600 lbs.   It also features flip up doors on the short ends.  This allows access to the inside of the base.

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Walnut Barn Door

Seems like sliding barn doors are all the rage these days.  Turns out I was recently commissioned to build one.  In my case, it was just the door.  The client took care of the hardware so I didn’t have to deal with that.

I built this one out of walnut lumber.  I absolutely love walnut.  The basic construction is frame and panel.  It came together really nicely and all in all its a pretty simple build.  If you like to see how I went about it check out the video below.

 

 

Reclaimed Bar Top with Epoxy Finish

I was recently commissioned to build a bar top from reclaimed 2×4 lumber that was pulled from the walls of a home that was being renovated.  The client wanted the bar top to be finished with bar top epoxy.  This is something I hadn’t had the opportunity to try before so I gladly accepted as I’m always looking to try something new.  Check out the build video below then keep reading  for information about the products I used and other specifics about the build.

The epoxy was definitely and experience.  I ended up pouring two gallons of epoxy on the top and a lot of it ended up dripping off the edges and onto my floor.  Of course I had drop clothes and other measures in place to catch all of the dripping epoxy.  While the mess was contained, it was hard for me to see all of that epoxy all over my shop.

Products used:

Festool 574447 XL DF 700 Domino Joiner Set

Festool 498899 Assorted Domino Beech Tenons and Cutters in T-Loc Systainer

Festool 561593 Carvex PS 420 EBQ Jigsaw

Grizzly G0715P Polar Bear Series Hybrid Table Saw with Riving Knife, 10-Inch

Jet JJP-10BTOS 10-Inch Bench-Top Jointer/Planer

Rockler 3-Piece Silicone Glue Brush Application Kit

Best Bar Top Epoxy

Minwax 70046 1 Quart Wood Finish Interior Wood Stain, Red Chestnut

The Make It Forward Project Auction is LIVE!!!

Vw6aaYliitkQTkW7953FgU6dLast year my buddy Mark Dolan (@markspens on Twitter) came up with the idea of the Make it Forward Project (@makeitforward). Essentially it’s a project that is created by several craftspeople and artists around the country in a collaborative effort. Then, once completed the piece would be auctioned off for charity. 

This is the first iteration of the Make It Forward Project and I’m sure there will be more to follow. 

This time around we built a chess set. Mark built the chess boards, I built the casework and drawer, Brandon Fischer turned the knob, Sean Rubino made the sculpted feet and Jimmy DiResta cast the chess pieces. 

Place your bid here!

This is truly a one of a kind piece that was made by some amazing craftspeople, builders, makers and woodworkers. 

The charity that will benefit from the proceeds of the auction is Paws 2 Care. This is a great organization that used therapy dogs to help people suffering from cancer, children with special needs and wounded warriors and their children (a cause that is very near and dear to me as an injured combat veteran). Even if you can’t bid on the piece please check out Paws 2 Care. 

Head over to the auction page and if you can place a bid. Your bid will help out a great organization as 100% of the proceeds go to charity as well as it shows support for local makers, builders, woodworkers and artisans. 

Cutting Through Dovetails – Pins First

This year, in 2016 I really want to up my hand joinery game so I’ve been working on cutting dovetails.  Until today every set of dovetails I’ve cut have been tails first.  I know, there is a huge debate about which is better or correct, tails first or pins first.  I’m of the mindset that you should use whichever technique that works best for you.  Whichever that is, that’s the best one.

Prior to this most recent set of dovetails, I’ve only cut four sets total.  I’m definitely still a beginner.  I was looking into different methods and it was brought to my attention that some people cut their dovetails pins first, so I decided to give it a try.  Frank Klausz seems to be the most well known pins first guy and his is the technique that I used.

If you’d like to see how it went, check out the video below.

I still have a ways to go in my dovetail journey before I can say that I can cut a decent set, but I get better each time I try!

Replicating Drawer Slides

My wife has recently gotten into refurbishing vintage furniture.  She picked up this old Art Deco style dresser a few months ago and got to work.

IMG_7841 She spent a lot of time working on this dresser, coming up with her design for it, figuring out how to go about making her design a reality and then tackling the job.

She started by taking the removable parts of the dresser off and removing the drawers.  Then she sanded the entire thing.

It was clear that the drawers had to go.  They were dovetailed together but over the years and abuse from former owners I guess even dovetails will fail.  Because of the past repairs that had been made the drawers themselves couldn’t be salvaged so she set out to make new ones.

With the drawers made it was then clear that the wooden slides needed to be replaced.  They were old and broken and just couldn’t be fixed.  That is where I came in on this project.  I replicated the drawer slides for my wife on this project.  I made a video about the process of replicating the slides.

IMG_8745Once all the building was done my wife painted the dresser, applied a decorative wall paper to the drawers and modge podged over it to adhere it to the surface.

Finally she distressed the whole thing.  I think it came out great.  What are your thoughts?

Building a Parallelogram Style Baby Gate

Recently my wife and I discovered that our two year old was able to climb our baby gates and access our stairs.  Obviously, not a good thing.  So I set out to build a new gate.  During my research I came across a video by Matthias Wandel of woodgears.ca and found the inspiration for my build.

And here it is.  The gate is made from walnut and maple and instead of opening out from the bottom of the stairs it can open in, towards the stairs.