When I slabbed a huge oak, the «skin» of the tree was left over. I took one of’em and made a bench out of it. Live edge slab. No waterfall, epoxy or spalting though…
Richard sometimes start his videos with “righty then!”. So I’ll do the same for this article about the build of a side table in oak.
Paul and Stevie hollered on about the piano keys living in perfect harmony. Since ebony is VERY expensive, let’s make a cheaper wood very black using the ebonizing technique.
Should the vise be mounted flush with the apron, or with a spacer? This is a topic that are discussed from time to time, so I’ll give my stack of dimes on the subject.
Sharpening is a subject with exponentially more solutions than there are woodworkers. Squared. Hurl a wad of cash at it, and you will get sharp tools. But for basic hand tools, I have chosen an affordable and simple solution.
Rummaging through the wood stack, I stopped at a nice, long board of merbau. A nice and clean looking one, perfect for a wall shelf above the piano.
Holdfasts holds the work piece when you work on your project. But what hold the holdfast? Lets make a holdfast holder to hold the holdfasts organised. Do I still hold your attention?
Holdfasts are the rats in the shop whack-a-mole game. The frustration getter-ridder-offer. To be serious: they do one thing superbly well, and they are named accordingly. They hold. They are fast.
The quest for a neat and tidy shop… who am I kidding? The quest for controlled chaos, I should say – in the shop involves figuring out how to store different tools. My two planing stops needs to be easy to grab and to put away. I am plan(n)ing to hang them on the wall.
You cannot have enough clamps. Ever. And that means you cannot have enough clamp racks either. Unless you REALLY enjoy Mikado…
I have something to get off my chest. Or rather, I have stuff that needs to go INTO a chest. Of drawers. Let’s start making sawdust and chips! In this part, the chest part of the chest of drawers.
A cluttered and unorganized desk could be seen as a reflection of the owner’s mind. What then if the desk is completely void..? Anyway, clutter ain’t good for productivity, so let’s build a support table thing.