Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Makeshift Man Desk

So I had the amputated section of the now modified Outlaw coffee hutch kicking around... Suppose I could stick some legs on it.

My son had outgrown his piece of crap baby desk, and was in need of a real man's desk. The thing turned out rock solid. just as well, he's a prolific drawer of birds and general crafts maniac, so it will see heavy use. Threw in a couple trays to hold his pencils.

Couple pics of the 3/8 dowel construction.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Make it Rain

And with the rain comes the need to make planks.

I started with a small project to ease the hands back into work after a summer of truly exceptional distractions. The project involved remaking the top section of my 'Outlaw' coffee hutch to better accommodate my latest coffee machine. The coffee addiction is real. This meant going from two drawers to one so that the machine could sit at a lower elevation on the right.

Some free hand doweling on the mortiser using the shop made doweling jig.

My dad gave me these pincer pliers years ago. They work great for pulling the pins that hold the jig in place.

Fresh off the drill press. I typically make a jig for each butt joint, so in this case 4 jigs. This helps keep the mating dowel holes consistent for each joint, and also spreads out the wear and tear of the jig holes.

Stitching it up, dry fit.

Tapered cauls for the glue up. To apply pressure in places where no clamp can go.

I re-used one of the old drawers. It was an nk drawer which was obviously fit to the previous cabinet. I oversized the drawer opening height & width by a couple hairs, then I made up some 1/16 veneers and laminated them onto the drawer rails, then re-fit the drawer.

Ready for a stiff pour. And while we're getting jacked up. I picked up a Mazzer Mini on craigslist about a year ago. It goes front & centre in the kitchen, no cabinet modifications necessary. Built like a tank.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


Finally got round to installing the glass guardrail for the bedroom shutter.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Spearhead Dining Table

Make It Like This.

I heard this story about Tom Waits' 1985 album Raindogs on CBC yesterday. Tom said something to the effect that every sound has to be hunted down, killed and skinned, and not made with the press of a synthesiser button. When a fellow musician suggested they just sample a particular sound, he said, No. I'd rather go hit my bedroom door with a 2X4, really hard. When giving direction to Keith Richards he was crawling around on all fours, saying "play it like this". to which Keith replied "I know exactly what you mean".

And so it is with furniture. Every part has to be hunted down, killed and skinned. It's a process every time. An enjoyable back and forth process, punctuated with educated guesses, and critical decision making while machines are roaring. Here's a few shots taken during the table build, as though everything went like clockwork.

Flushing the aprons with the legs after glue-up.

Get me Big Will. Will is most comfortable when he's on an edge joint. He just loves a good edge joint. These were a little rough coming off the jointer (I've been getting them damn close on the machine recently but these were a bit tricky for whatever reason). Big Will stepped in and within an hour had three joints just perfect.

The rough table top after glue-up, straight out of the clamps, after glue clean up.

Removing a high spot along one seam. Haven't busted out the cabinet scraper in a while.

Some machine room hand planing. Flushing the rails with the aprons after final glue-up.

My sophisticated jig for routing table top clips mortises. generally double stick tape and some plywood does the trick.

Flushing table top end grain.

The soap finish. An outdoor affair. The most environmental finish known to man. Juxtaposed with a gas guzzling beast. Mankind has a lot of work ahead.

Less Toxicity

A fellow woodworker put me onto this plant based epoxy. I've been enjoying the benefits of epoxy for complex single handed glue-ups. but haven't been enjoying using or supporting a toxic product. until now. Haven't put it to the test yet, I'll report back. One drawback is the 48 hour cure time.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Many Mortises

34 mortises 1 dining table.

They eventually went in well, but it wasn't all plain sailing. I had to toss a leg. That's 3/16 from the edge of the leg not 7/16. Didn't even realise until after pushing in the second mortise. Sloppy work. Head in the clouds, distracted thought processes, or something. Just lucky nobody got hurt. Also lucky I had a couple spare rift sawn legs from the desk project.