Builds Shop Notes

Starting the Trestle Table

October 6, 2019

I’ve been meaning to build a new dining room table for our house since we moved in last year. A quick look at my /Now/ page showed that I bought the lumber for the base back in May. (It also shows I should probably update the /Now/ page.) It had been roughed out and stickered in the basement since then. Back in July, I made a trip out to Keim Lumber in Ohio and bought 5/4 cherry boards for the…

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Design Shop Notes Turning

A Fair in the Park (or Kalimba Madness with Turners Anonymous)

October 1, 2019

The weekend of September 6th, 7th, and 8th brought the annual Fair in the Park in Pittsburgh. For anyone unfamiliar with this event, it’s a three day arts fair put on by the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh. The event features artists working in ceramics, fiber, glass, metal, jewelry, leather, and wood. Every year, the western Pennsylvania chapter of the American Association of Woodturners, Turners Anonymous, has a booth, not to sell, but to show work from members and demonstrate. With…

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Builds Design

Arts and Crafts Plant Stand

September 18, 2019

This project started based on a request for a small stand to hold a vase. I initially started to consider building a small Shaker-style side table. However, I had a few pieces of red oak in my lumber rack which were calling out to build something in the Arts and Crafts style. The Design The plan for the stand involved sides would taper in width from bottom top. I had initially considered using straight sides with tapers. However, working with…

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Design Shop Notes

Boarded Bookcase

July 7, 2019
Boarded Bookcase with Top

Just a brief update. I have a number of projects in the works, including a new dining room table, a pair of Roorkhee chairs, a side table, and some boxes. Add to that some updates in the workshop, including adding electricity, installing my mobile cabinets in a more permanent position, and adding a lumber rack, and it’s been a busy few months. I completed this bookcase a few months ago. Like the earlier bookcase that I posted, this is based…

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Shop Notes

2018 Year in Review

December 30, 2018

This has been a busy year. I was able to complete some large and small projects, but the process of buying a house got in the way of doing production work to prepare merchandise for a proper booth and show. So what did I get to accomplish during the past year? New Workbench Most of the early part of the year was spent planning and building a proper workbench. I documented this build extensively. The bench has been a solid…

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