I’m back from my trip to Toronto. It was amazing and I got to meet so many great people. I have some video from my trip that I’ll be editing and posting the the coming weeks. In the shop, I’m working on cleaning up scraps by making end grain cutting boards and I started working on my log trailer additions by making 6 shackle mounts for it.
Reaper Woodworks: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_ognomZyK6V0VwdokBcixw
Before we left for Toronto, I paid a visit to the log pile I’ve been frequenting and grabbed a 5000lb ash log
I am a 35 year old Dutch woodworker, my shop is in an 18th century old monumental warehouse called “de Sodafabriek” in Schiedam, the Netherlands. I do have my own woodworking business but it’s only part-time next to my IT job.
I was asked to design and build a custom bench to go in a big entrance hall of a apartment complex in Amsterdam. This was the biggest build I’ve ever done. The bench in total is 4 meters long (13+ feet), 80cm wide and 45cm high. The frame is constructed from MDF in three sections of 1 meter, 2 meter and 1 meter again. The space for the plants to go in is 80×80 cm. The whole thing weighs in at 285 Kg’s (630lb).
I worked on a walnut slab for a client recently and had to do something about two potentially large cracks. After watching your YouTube video on bow ties, I liked your method and suggestions, so that’s the route I went and it was a success. Here are my first two ever bow ties!
Attached are some pictures of a kitchen I have made for my parents house. I logged 651.5 hours of shop time + approximately 40 hours of onsite time for the install. I know there are some unaccounted for hours from family members helping plane lumber and unload materials.
I used face frame construction methods, pocket screws with the Kreg Jig.
I dado-ed a groove into the face frames for the 3/4″ veneered plywood cabinet Carcasses.
The lumber came to my shop as 4/4 red oak
For the drawers I used router to cut half blind dove tails. They didn’t turn out exactly as I wanted but I will know better for next time.
I also used soft close, full travel drawer slides. These things gave me fits installing and I swore I would never do it again. After seeing them in daily use I really enjoy them and might give it another try.
The doors are made using the cope and stick method. I have a 1.5 hp shaper for the rail and stile and a 3 hp shaper for the raised panels.
I used European style hings, 1-3/8″ cup, with the soft close mechanism. As a tip, they make a little clip that you buy separately to limit the door opening swing to a little under 90 degrees. This is needed for when you are up against a fridge or wall and your handles hit.
The crown moulding was made on a shop fox moulding machine. Cut quality of this machine is about the same as any moulding you buy from anywhere else. I would like to do a big run of trim to see the capabilities of this machine.
The turned legs, rope molding, and carving on the china closet were purchased. Everything else was made in house.
The color is Minwax Gunstock
I sprayed everything with a Devilbiss HVLP Gun. I used MLCampbells Magnalac gloss pre-catalyzed lacquer. I would like to give their Magnamax product a try on the next build.
I attached some pictures of the TV console I recently finished. The wood is spalted maple and cherry. It complements the floating coffee table I made before this that I sent you in December. The drawers have soft close undermount drawer slides and satin nickel handle pulls. The finish is a combination of Minwax wipe on poly for the cherry, and water based poly I sprayed for the maple. The top beveled edge was handplaned to make the top look thinner than it is. The top is made from 2 boards that just happened to match up really good. And the drawer fronts were made from 2 boards where the grain runs continuously across from left to right. This was another great project to make and has received many great complements.