Matt’s Weekly Shop Update – May 23, 2017

May 24, 2017

Pretty full week around the shop.  Lindsay spent some time over the weekend in the shop finishing up the cloud shelves that she started back in February and earlier in the week, I removed all lumber from my shop that isn’t part of a project that I’m working on.  Around the sawmill, I moved the last of my big logs up onto the bed and I made more of the stack levelers so I can finish stacking all the slabs I’ve been cutting.

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Waterfall Table by Zach

Another burly live edge slab with dual waterfall edges and splines. The piece of walnut is really figured on the large base, and has many burl type figured orbs on the top. 

http://handcraftedbyzachdurr.com/

Axes by Stefan

My name is Stefan. I’m 15 years old and made these two axes. They were restored from two old axes laying around and I decided to fix them up for my dad. The handle is made from hard wood (unsure of the spices) and the heads were taken from two old axes. I spray painted the black strip on them and finished with oil.  The longer axe is 1.04m long and the shorter axe is 0.9m long. There was lots of sanding and shaping to do, each axe took a few days to make but it was worth it.

Joinery Sampler Project

Here are some pics of my first project from a tree!  I cut, milled, and joined everything myself.  I saw a cool video about Japanese joinery that inspired the design.  Except for the locking stretcher that is white oak, the whole thing is black walnut. The mortise and tenon base frame joins the top with sliding dovetails and the legs rotate 90-degrees to lay flat. I burned in the words ‘Remember Now Thy Creator In The Days Of Thy Youth’ in the shape of a cross on the top. It’s finished first with two coats of danish oil and then six coats of tung oil. It was fun to try these joinery techniques that I have little experience with.  Super satisfying to make something like this.  The black walnut boards that I have in the drying pile are amazing!  The various colors and figures are exciting!!

Crib by Dustin

Attached is a picture of the crib that I just finished this afternoon. Inspired by the one you built for your son. This will be for our first as well, a girl. The sides are attached by mortise and tenon and the front and back are detachable. I used mortise bed locks so that the crib can come apart easily and will hopefully be transformed into a toddler bed as well as a head board/foot board someday. The maple dowels in the front and back are so the bed lock screws have some face grain to hold onto. The spindles have a round over on all four corners and sit in a dado with walnut spacers between each spindle.

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