12 Apr Matt’s Weekly Shop Update – April 11, 2017
I ended up spending most of the week down with the flu but when I was feeling alright, my dad and I started prepping my drying area for all the new slabs that I have been cutting. At the start of this week, I got back into the shop and finished construction on the bed. The next step for it will be finish prep.
The Northern Woods Show
Thursday, April 20, through Sunday, April 23, at Eden Prairie Center
Bow Front Table by Neil
I completed this cherry bow front table a couple weeks ago as a donation to a local high school fundraising auction.
Built from locally harvested Black Cherry, this piece started its life as kiln dried, rough lumber. Each piece was hand selected for its purpose then carefully milled in our shop to become the parts and pieces necessary to form into a beautiful, functional, work of art that will last many generations. All of the joinery in this piece employs the ages old mortice and tenon joints which are very
strong and will hold together for many years. Using solid hardwood throughout the whole piece along with time tested joinery, you will be proud to not only own this piece, but also proud to pass it down for future generations to enjoy.
Design and Finishing
As with many of my pieces, I try to incorporate The Golden Ratio which is similar to the Fibonacci Sequence that you may have learned about in math class. It’s basically a mathematical formula that when applied to designs and shapes, produces furniture that is not only functional but also pleasing to the eye. The finish process is heavily influenced by the legendary furniture builder, Sam Maloof from California. Sam produced his own finish by combining a thin varnish, and two different kinds oils. This finish really penetrates into the wood fibers and leaves a soft, natural look and feel to the wood. The final process in the finishing system combines two different oils with the addition of raw, natural locally sourced beeswax. This mixture is applied three times to ensure a natural yet durable surface.
Bedside Table by Zach
I am a 17 year old student in High School. I made this Bedside Table about a year ago in shop class at school. I made this out of Alder wood. The supports for the top, the plywood shelf and all the trim are all attached using the Kreg jig and the sides are raised panels.
Segmented Vase by Adam
I have been wood working for a few years now and have been building kitchen cabinets for my house. But in between the cabinet fun I like to do some stuff on the lathe. About a year ago we lost our Ash tree to the Emerald Ash Borer. I milled up the trunk free hand with the chain saw and made this vase. The contrasting wood is Pauduk.
Board Game/ Dining Room Table by Sam
Built from an ash tree i cut down and milled myself!
The table is 40”x60” with mortise and tendon joinery on the legs and rails. it has 5 removable leaves that allow for a beautiful dining room table surface, or an open game table with a speed cloth bottom!