making stuff out of wood

Good morning!

A friend of mine from work heard about me sanding and refinishing these three nested tables:

the smallest refinished table

The two larger refinished tables, temporarily holding the disconnected receiver and speakers and some plants

The two larger refinished tables, temporarily holding the disconnected receiver and speakers and some plants

just begun sanding off the original dark stain on the table

just begun sanding off the original dark stain off of the table

closeup of the wood - I think it looks much nicer without the dark stain.

I think they look so much nicer without the dark stain.

so that got my friend interested in making two woodworking projects for his home. So we went about making them together, with a lot of enthusiasm but barely any technical knowledge.

having fun painting :-)

having fun painting 🙂

key cabinet. Front is a shutter piece my friend found in the street

key cabinet. Front is a shutter piece my friend found in the street

me laying out the shelf pieces
me laying out the shelf pieces
happy staining time :-)
happy staining time 🙂

And here they are! Alive and well and serving their purpose. We are both stunned that we got these done at all 🙂

key cabinet, closed

key cabinet, closed

liquor bottle shelves

liquor bottle shelves (and the mess in my home while making it)

These projects were built using a lot of guesswork and patching up rickety joints, because really, we had no idea what we were doing! So in an attempt to learn more about “how to make woodworking projects the right way”, I watched most of Steve Ramsey’s amazing youtube channel called “Woodworking for Mere Mortals“. Wow – you wouldn’t believe how much can be learned just by watching these videos!

For example: You really ought to glue your wood projects. Hmm – my friend and I just fastened the wood with screws, and so the projects were pretty rickety, though we really tried to make them straight. So glue it is. I also learned how to use a router and what for (my dad has one), how to cut straight lines, how to plan a project, different ways to join edges together, different wood finishes, and so on. Also, Steve is a funny guy 🙂

So if you’re curious about woodworking, watch this video:

Using my dad’s power tools and a leftover piece of walnut butcher block, I cut these two pieces and glued them together with wood glue pressed tight with clamps. I will be cutting this piece into a rounder shape using a template, and then rounding off the edges and such to make a soap bar holder. Wish me luck! 🙂

soap bar holder - in progress

soap bar holder – in progress

Not bad for an aspiring first project I hope! We’ll see how it goes next weekend when I have access to my dad’s power tools.

Have a great week! I’ll sign off with an old photo of my cat shugy from when he was really little. He’s such a cute little guy 🙂

little shugy

little shugy

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