How to Attach A Table Top

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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Building Walnut Strip Doors

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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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.

If you are interested in any of the tools that I’ve used during this build visit the links below to get more information.  These are Amazon affiliate links which means if you make a purchase through one of my links you won’t pay anything extra but I’ll get a small kickback from Amazon.

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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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Super Simple Lumber Rack

I like to build things just as much as the next guy, but sometimes it makes sense to just buy it. That is the case with a lumber rack in my opinion. Here is a super easy way to get a really strong lumber rack into your shop.

Because of how simple this is there really is no need to make one. Spend 15 minutes installing this or a day or two building and installing one. It’s a no-brainer in my opinion.

Here are some links to the products I used for my lumber rack.

ClosetMaid 2808 ShelfTrack 60-Inch Standard, White

ClosetMaid 2854 ShelfTrack 16-Inch Locking Shelf Bracket, White

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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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Shop Update 1/18/2017

In this update we go for a quick tour of the new shop on the farm in PA. 

I’ve had a lot of help from some localish guys: Gib Clark, Mark Saunders and Tim Webster. Thanks so much guys. 

The new jointer is in and running, the tools are where I think they are going to go. It’s time to run ducting for my dust collector!  Check the video below. 

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Moving a 2,000 Pound Jointer

I recently purchased a L. Power & Co. 12″ jointer.  It is massive and made completely of cast iron.  

I got a great deal on the jointer but of course I had to move it from its current location to my new shop.  This presented some challenges.  Here is the video of the move.

To get the job done I enlisted the help of my Dad and a few friends, Gib Clark and Mark Saunders.  Gib is one of those guys who knows a lot about a lot of things and he was instrumental in getting this job done.  Mark was generous enough to let us use his truck to haul the jointer in the U-Haul trailer that I rented and my Dad was the extra muscle.

We stated moving the jointer by removing the 3 phase 5 horsepower motor and blade guard.  This just make the jointer a little easier to maneuver through the shop.  Then we slid the jointer on to a 2×12 and used a pry bar to get some short lengths of conduit pipe under the 2×12.  This allowed us to roll the jointer to the other end of the shop where the garage door was located.  

Once we had the jointer to the door we were fortunate enough to be able to use the owner’s Bobcat to lift the jointer out of the shop and onto the trailer that I rented.  

Gib brought some tow straps that we used to provide spots to lift the jointer from using the forks on the Bobcat.  Once we got the jointer off the ground, placing it in the trailer was a piece of cake.

From there is was only a 3 mile drive to my shop.  At my shop we unloaded the jointer using a chain fall that Gib attached to a beam on my ceiling with some steel rope.  We simply backed the trailer into my shop, and used the same tow straps to attach the jointer to the chain fall.  We then very easily lifted the jointer off of the trailer and drove the trailer out from under it.  

To get the jointer into its spot in my shop we lowered it on to the metal conduit pipes again and rolled it into place.

This could have been a much more difficult process and I really want to thank my Dad, Gib and Mark for all their help.  I never could have done it with out them.

 

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Inside Out Turned Ornament

For a long time I’ve wanted to turn a Christmas ornament for our tree.  Each year the holidays come and pass and I never have the time to make it happen.  This year was different.

I grabbed some walnut and mahogany I had laying around the shop and got to work.  This was my first attempt at doing an income out turning.  It’s not perfect but it is certainly acceptable for a first go.  If you’d like to see how I made it check out the video below.