Matt’s Weekly Shop Update – Jan 24, 2018

Matt’s Weekly Shop Update – Jan 24, 2018

The upper case of the highboy has been moved into the house. I added the dovetailed hidden drawers and the transition frame.

1.5″ Straight Bit:
Carbide Insert Bit:

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Shoe Rack by Scott

I took inspiration of this project largely from the bench designed George Nelson and produced by Herman Miller. It features mid century modern cues and a healthy nod toward his design.


Cherry Side Table by Armando

Cherry side table with sapwood stripe drawer front
Rift sawn legs
Dovetail top rail
Oil wax finish


Shampaign Desk by Andrew

I call it the “Shampaign” desk–shaker and campaign influences. Shaker is the design, and campaign because it can be disassembled and packed flat in about a minute.

100% locally sourced black walnut. All hand tools project.

Took 6 months.

No screws or fasteners used on joinery, just for hardware and securing the top.

Used doweled mortise and tenon on the front and back stretchers, and used tapered, sliding dovetails on the sides.

The middle support and drawer divider is made up of 2 pieces: 1 is inset with a half-lap dovetail in the front and a sliding dovetail in the back. The second piece is similar and “locks” into place with a notch in the front and a tapered, sliding dovetail in the back. The photo I included of this joint shows just how awkwardly complex it was. In the end, I had to sacrifice the beauty of the tail piece just to get it to slide into place, thus resulting a less-than-idea appearance of the joint, but very strong nonetheless. But hey, it’s on the inside!

Lastly, there is a secret compartment that hinges out on dowels and closes shut with a leather clasp that slips over a screw head.


Couch Back Table by Andy

I have been doing wood working as a hobby for a little over two years now and this is the first project I have done with live edge.  While it isn’t one of the pieces my cousin and I have milled, it was a unique slab I purchased off ebay (I hope to be using our homemade lumber soon, it just needs more time to dry).  Because I did not have a bandsaw at the time, I spent six hours with a handsaw splitting the slab in half in my living room with a 14″ hand saw.
  • Steven Scott
    Posted at 22:22h, 26 January Reply

    In your bandsaw mill project you used a tap handle with a chuck. I have never seen one like that and was wondering where you got it?
    Also, have you used the bits with the tap built into the drill shank? I believe they are made by Dewalt.

    • Matt Cremona
      Posted at 01:44h, 29 January Reply

      The ratcheting tap holder is from harbor freight. I have seen those bits but I haven’t used them. Thanks!

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