Saturday, January 16, 2010

Small Country End Table Redux

I finally got around to finishing the table.  My dimensions are slightly different than the plan.  I believe this one is 24" tall and the top is about 19x19.  Hope you like if you build one let me know.

Fountain Pens

One aspect of woodworking that I really enjoy is turning pens on my lathe.  I have been turning pens for a little over a year.  It is very interesting to relatively square piece of wood or acrylic turn into round piece of wood or acrylic.  I recently decided that I wanted to make a fountain pen for myself, so I purchased some really cool blanks from a place called Exotic Blanks they have some really amazing links I also purchased a pen kit from WoodCraft they are a national chain but there are usually very few around.  The kit that I purchased is a Cambridge Hybrid Fountain Pen.  After an hour or so of drilling, gluing, and turning the pen blank I had what I wanted and I assembled the kit.  This is the result of that effort.  I am pretty happy with it and I am now hooked on writing with a fountain pen.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Small Country End Table

This is a small table that I have been working on for the house.  It is similar to a coffee table that I built last year. It's in my Gover's Country Series of furniture...  Ha, Who am I kidding I don't have a series of furniture.  I am just a beginning woodworker who decided to blog about it and hope that someone cares at some point.  That and it's an easy way for the extended family to see what I am working on.  Anyway.  I have created a sketchup mock up of the table.  It is a pretty simple table and is designed around using Dimensional lumber that is typically available at a Lowes or Home Depot type store.  I will have picture of my completed project in the next couple of days so you can see what I did with it.  For now here is the sketchup rendering.  Please keep in mind that you can scale this to any size that you need.  Feel free if you like it to take the rendering and build one for yourself.

Monday, January 11, 2010

End Table

Thanks to inspiration from Ana at KnockOffWood I built this awesome table for my wife. It is a copy of the Hyde Side Table from Pottery Barn. Love their stuff but being a woodworker I know I can build it better and at least this time MUCH Cheaper. I have about $35 in this thing with stain and paint. I will be building a Coffee table and probably at least one more side table to go with this set.

As you can see I distressed the top. This was achieved using a small chisel, power sander, and a bag full of wood screws.
The top is stained with a Dark Walnut stain and the bottom is a satin black.

The top is attached using only four 5 inch dowels glued in place.

I think it adds a little something to the top especially with all the stain that the dowel soaked up. Oh and they whole thing is built basically out of 2x4's there is some Pine 1x3 for the skirting on the base but that all.


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