Monday, May 22, 2017

Coastal Hall Table

I have people coming into my shop looking for furniture so I decided to make a few more pieces. This is a hall or sofa table.

coastal table  

I'm using spindles for the legs. I bought a box of them over five years ago from someone who had leftovers from making a staircase and railings. Although spindles like this are nicely turned, they usually have squared off sections on both the top and the bottom. While I've seen people use them for table legs, I find they look awkward with the squared off end on the floor and you would never see a table like that in a furniture store. That all being said I rounded off the corners and made some round disks to add to the bottom of the spindles.

 
As I've shown before on this blog, I connect my tables using mortises and tenons, I don't typically screw the parts together. To make the mortises this time I used my router in my homemade router table. Below you can see on the left is the nozzle for my shop vac, a piece of wood that I use as a "stopper" and the fence that guides the wood so that the router bit is centered on the spindle leg.

 
The next photo shows the leg as it reaches the stop
 
And this is what the top of the leg looks like after the two mortises are put in.
 
The wood for the aprons is thicker than the mortises so I then take some wood off of each side of the apron pieces so that they make tenons that fit in the mortises. I use my table saw for that step. The apron pieces tenons still have to be shortened to fit them even with the top of the legs.
 
 
The legs and aprons were painted white and then distressed and covered with stain, then I put on a clear coat of polyurethane.

For the top I used pieces of wood that were painted different colours ranging from white to dark turquoise. They were then distressed, stained and clear coated.
Underneath I used table clips that fit into slots in the front and back apron pieces. This allows the top to widen or narrow with changing humidity.

 

So, this is my Coastal Table:
 
 

This table is tall, narrow and long, perfect for a hallway or behind a sofa.
31 1/2" tall x 12" wide x 37" long 

 
 
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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Jig?

I just had to share this. I was cleaning up my workshop a bit today... sawdust gets everywhere. I decided to clean out the two cupboards beside my tablesaw where I keep dado blades, wood throat plate inserts, extra push sticks and jigs.

Well I found this.
 

Tape, screw in the middle, an angle cut on the end and about 15" long!

I have absolutely no idea what it is.

The joys of getting old!

 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Cow Coathooks

I often seem to find myself cutting shapes out of wood. I've cut mermaids, lobsters, anchors, whales, the shape of my province, and even pigs and cows.

I decided to do a reverse cut out of a cow, meaning keeping the outer pieces, leaving a blank space in the shape of a cow.

I used some spruce and stained it and then cut the pieces in uneven lengths and glued the pieces together, edge to edge.

The cow shape was cut with my jigsaw. Once I had it cut out I thought it needed something else, the cow needed to be filled in. First I painted the cut edges of the cow with a cream colour and then painted a thin piece of plywood black and screwed it to the back of the piece. I added three coat hooks across the bottom.

Cow 

I superimposed Farmhouse and Welcome to give customers ideas of what I could paint on this piece. Someone may want their family name as well.

Cow 
Cow 
26" x 13 1/2"

 
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