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All About That Base – Part II

With the base’s side assemblies glued up, I turned my attention to the top and bottom stretchers. Using the material on hand, I took the following approach: First, I oriented the top stretchers so the side grain faced up. This … Continue reading

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All About That Base – Part I

A quick recap of the last post: indecision, base troubles, insomnia, eureka. As I was saying… I didn’t like the way the base splayed-up (for a lack of better terminology) in Offerman’s book. It’s ok. And if I had a … Continue reading

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Mild Bout of Hubris

If, unlike this blog, you’re not stuck in the past, you may already have seen the final shot of the dresser all gussied up with hardware and a spiffy top. However, if, like this blog, you aren’t into short-form social … Continue reading

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Working With Reclaimed Barn Board

If you followed the blog last year, you might recall The Big Reno, which was an HGTV-style down-to-the-studs, open-up-the-walls, live-in-a-construction-zone experience. It’s not for the faint of heart, but the results are worth it. The plan was to have 75% … Continue reading

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Butterflies on the Inside

Once the rabbets were cut, the next step was to assemble¬†on the case. The wood had other ideas. I noticed the some additional checking in the middle a¬†panel. Combining this with the bow I mentioned earlier, and the repair I’d … Continue reading

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Coming to Terms with My Dado Stack

After taking my panels out of the clamps, I noticed a few problems developing: There was a pretty significant bow in the panels Some checking had started to develop on two of the panels I wasn’t sure if the wood … Continue reading

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Milking It – Part III: Fin

I finished up the milk painted bench and I’m happy to report it’s been in use for about two weeks. My experience with “Real” milk paint wasn’t as easy as I’d thought. The acrylic stuff from General Finishes that I … Continue reading

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Nakashima Carpentry

After returning from two straight weeks of travel I asked my wife to help prioritize the upcoming projects. She’s having a party soon, so we she decided to finish off the living room ASAP. One of the last projects in … Continue reading

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Topping It Off

One of the coolest parts of this project was heading out to the lumber yard with my mom and finding the right board to go on the top. We sifting through many boards but ended up going with some 14″ … Continue reading

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Nailed It

Once the pieces were planed, sanded, and prepped, it was time to break out the hide glue and cut nails. I was nervous about this operation because I didn’t want to split this old maple. My first stop, like normal, … Continue reading

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