Matt’s Weekly Shop Update – June 14, 2016

June 15, 2016

This week I’ve been working on some improvements to my log trailer and I’ve been cleaning up the shop by making cutting boards.

Viewer Projects

Spatula by Max

Poplar Slab Foyer Table by Bob

The wood on this foyer table is all Poplar milled from trees cut down at my fiancé’s property. The top is about 4″ thick from a crotch in the top of the tree which had a base of 54″. The base’s legs are splayed out about 7 degrees in both directions with, what I call “Maloof” inspired mortise and tenon joints. All topped with Danish oil and beeswax.

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Log Side Table by Scott

I finally finished my project inspired by your router plane (sled) video and your dovetail key video.  It was a fun project. I was really happy with the dovetail splines, just need to get better chisels!

Wooden Spoons by Andy

Just wanted to share with you my first carved spoon. Like your wife I’ve wanted to carve one for quite sometime. I too follow many spoon carvers on Instagram and researched a lot on the internet and youtube. It was the video of your wife carving a spoon that push me into action! I have never carved before but I am a woodworker/retired firefighter. I did purchase a curved spoon carving knife but other than that I used by bandsaw to rough out the blank then my Sloyd knife for the rough carving. I had some Bradford Pear scraps left over from some bird feeders I’d built so I grabbed one and set to work. It took me several days carving a few hours each day but here’s the end result. Thank your wife for me for the push to do it!

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  • Matt,

    Great work! I have been enjoying your work and listening to you and the “those other guys” on Woodtalk. I have a quick question about a slabbing – we have two pecan trees that are going to have to be taken down. One is big and pretty branches out about 6ft up. it should make some nice wide slabs. the other has a long straight trunk but it is growing at a lean of 15 degrees or so. Do you think it would be worth milling, or will the internal stresses be a major problem later.

    • Thanks Scott! It’s possible that it could have stress issues but it may be alright. It’s one of those things that you don’t know until you try. I’d say if you’re going to have the other one milled, you might as well have the leaning one milled as well.

  • Doug Lidz says:

    Matt,

    Really nice work on your pad eyes, considering what happened the very first time you loaded logs on the trailer the thing is becoming bomb proof.