Custom Wine Racks

I was asked to build a set of custom wine racks to fit a specific location in a clients basement.  The racks were designed in the x-brace style and were constructed from solid pine planks.  It was amazing just how much lumber was required to build the two racks.  In the end I used 108 linear feet of pine 1×12.   I used a palm router to ease round some of the edges and everything is dado fit.   Just some final sanding an this project will be complete.

Saving an Antique Dresser

This dresser was in bad shape when some friends asked if I could help.  The dresser looked great from the outside but the drawers were in horrible shape.  The drawers were not square and in places has worn almost all the way through.   There was no actual drawer hardware and the drawers did not function.   The drawers themselves were not salvageable so I cut off the drawer front and converted it to a front only and attached it to new dovetail poplar drawers with cabinet grade slides.

Dust Collection Has Arrived

One of the more important parts for a wood shop has finally been completed, Dust Collection!   I bought a Jet 2 HP cyclone dust collector from my Father in Law because he needs a bigger one for his shop in MN.  We spent most of the day today running the Plumbing and now all of my major tools are connected.  The system allows multiple tools to run at once.


A Lathe is Added to the Shop

I ran into a deal I could not refuse for a mini lathe.  I picked it up at harbor freight (which I normally avoid) because it has great reviews and is essentially the same lathe as the rockler only much cheaper.  I am going to practice to be able to make any projects in the future that require wood turning and to have a better use for all the small pieces of scrap that I generate.  My first attempt was a bowl made from the left of Sapele from the last projects.  The second bowl is the first project from the red elm in the back yard.

4 Season Porch Kitchenette

I just completed a project building a kitchenette for a 4-season porch.  The design had to fit into a space with two walls at a 45 degree angle and the right side has a window constraint. The cabinet includes my first triangle drawer. The cabinet is constructed of cabinet grade pre finished maple plywood with solid poplar face frames and doors and drawers.  The right shelf side allows for installation of a mini fridge.  The upper cabinet has glass doors and adjustable shelving.  The top is made from solid 5/4 Sapele.

Circular Book Shelf End Table (Sapele)

This weekend I spent some time in the shop building a circular bookshelf end table.  The table is based on one a client had seen in a magazine.   The table dimensions are 2 foot round and 27″ tall and is constructed from solid glued up Sapele.   The finish is clear satin polyurethane that has been steel wooled and hand rubbed.  This was the first project to utilize the band saw and belt/disc sander I picked up from friends earlier this year.


Custom Birch File Cabinet and Shelves

I just finished a project in the new shop that is a custom file cabinet.  The cabinet is designed to fit under an existing table and provides two large file drawers on one side and shelved for binders on the other.  The challenge was to fit the design needs in to the overall height limitation of 26″.  There are two matching corner shelves with an integrated invisible mounting system. I also learned a valuable lesson that when using ebony stain one should really consider wearing gloves.



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