I’m often asked how I attach a table top to the base of the table. If you’ve been woodworking for any period of time you know that wood expands and contracts along its width. Because of that you need to attach the top in a way that allows it to move as it needs to. That is why I use table buttons that I make myself in my shop. Want to see how I do it? Check the video below.
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I was commissioned by a client to build several pieces of furniture that incorporated walnut strips, specifically a few credenzas and a table base. Those projects while challenging were nothing compared to these doors and the issues I encountered building them. Check the video below for details.
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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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An episode or two or three ago the guys at the Making It Podcast suggested that someone out there in the world make a compilation video of every time that Jimmy DiResta said “streets of New York” in his video celebrating 600,000 youtube subscribers.
I waited a little while before making the video because I assumed that later the same day that the episode was released the video would exist. It didn’t, so I made it.
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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.
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.
I’ve had my WorkSharp WS3000 for around a year now and I love it. It is super fast and repeatable, two things I really enjoy about a sharpening system. It is also very clean compared to water stones. What I don’t like about the WS3000 is that the paper abrasives used to sharpen your plane irons and chisels wears out rather quickly and it isn’t cheap.
There are other options out there for diamond discs for the WS3000 but the reviews weren’t great and I wasn’t about to spend around $150 to get the whole set up to find that I wasn’t satisfied.
In my quest to become more proficient with hand tools I decided to make myself a marking gauge. Want to see how I did it?
I was pretty simple. The reference surface is just a piece of walnut I turned on my lathe. The shaft is a piece of 3/8″ round bar and I simply used a thumb screw to secure it in place on the shaft. The cutter is a 15mm round carbide cutter I purchased from Easy Wood Tools.
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.
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.
Once 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?