All posts filed under: Montreat Side Table

The Montreat Side Table Begins Taking Shape

Firstly, the wife and I have been travelling. We have fallen in love with the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and were there a couple of weeks ago for a full week (this, I believe is our fifth trip to the area). We accomplished some bucket list things like stay at the Pisgah Inn which is right on the Blue Ridge Parkway southwest of Asheville, NC. Then we drove southwest from there and covered parts of the parkway which we have never been on. We made it to Richland Balsam Overlook which is the highest point on the parkway (Mount Mitchell is higher, but I guess it is technically not on the parkway). We were close enough to the Great Smoky Mountains that we thought about just driving all the way to the beginning of the parkway, but were running out of time. So that is a bucket list item for me: to drive the Blue Ridge Parkway from the beginning up to Asheville. We have gone as far north on the parkway as …

Should I Say “No”?

Note: I have a brief update on my side table project at the end of this post. I have learned to recognize “the look”. The look usually happens during some casual conversation about my weekend. “How was your weekend?” a friend might say. I usually reply with something related to woodworking. If the look is going to happen, now is the time. In one such example I was at a customer location talking with one of the customer’s employees. When she realized I am a woodworker, this look came over her face. It was like I could see the thought forming in her mind. “You know, I have a bed I need a headboard for; nothing fancy, but I do want upholstered panels in it.” Typically, I can point out my lack of time available to take on such a project and then how incredibly long completing it would take and the look disappears. But this kind of thing happens enough that I can anticipate such requests a second of two before they happen. However, …

The Montreat Side Table – Getting Started

Just typing the post title gets me excited. A new project and do y’all realize how long it has been since I actually made a piece of furniture? The workbench took forever and then the tool cabinet for the bench had some finicky, fussy, time-consuming drawer fronts. Before I built my workbench, I added a much needed cherry and tiger maple tool cabinet and wall surround for my basement steps. Then I built a new tool storage wall, made some bench jigs, then worked on my bandsaw and planer. Plus numerous SketchUp projects/woodworking plans. So, pretty busy really. All of these things were great fun and necessary, but I have not built a piece of furniture since the window seat bookcase, more than three years ago (that’s right, bold and italic font). I can’t believe it has been that long. So it is a good and right feeling to begin this project. Like my woodworking has been a little out of balance and now is tilting back in the right direction. Anyway, in my last …