All posts tagged: Woodworking

Easy Woodworking Plan – The Sarah Side Table

With the publishing of my new woodworking plan, You Can Build The Sarah Side Table, I have reached a milestone: this is my 20th woodworking plan. I may have a celebratory cold beverage with dinner tonight. The Sarah Side Table reflects a new design trend for me – contemporary furniture made from natural materials. But still rooted in traditional shapes. This table is an exercise in curves. For the curves, the design process started with the arched base which incorporates slight vertical elements or end points. The hope is that these help establish feet for the table. Then, the same or very similar curves were added to the both ends of the top, the drawer pulls and a very distinctive cut out for the sides. About the sides, they get an additional design feature from a slender vertical separation, or gap. The shape of the pulls and their contrasting wood helps give the table a modern feel. A couple of my friends have been encouraging me to make a woodworking project which is much easier …

Designing in SketchUp #4 – The Montreat Side Table

I am closing in on finishing my next woodworking plan, You Can Build The Sarah Side Table, and I always thought it would be my next furniture project; but it won’t. Proportion plays a big role in a successful design and when I took the Sarah Side Table and re-sized it to fit the space between our couch and love seat, I didn’t like what I saw. But I like the Sarah Side Table and intend to build it as a bedside table for our guest bedroom. I do some of my best thinking on Saturday and Sunday mornings as I lay in bed trying to get a few more minutes of sleep. My new design is what I call the Montreat Side Table named for the community east of Asheville, North Carolina. My wife and I would love to live there or anywhere in the Asheville area really. While laying in bed Saturday morning, I worked out this design in my mind and then visualized it in SketchUp. Before we get to the Montreat …

Repairing My Delta 22-580 Planer

Quite a while ago, I heard some particularly good woodworking advice: “Don’t point out your mistakes.” For the most part, I have stuck to this recommendation ever since. I’ll admit a stupid mistake from time to time (especially while a project is under construction), but mostly, I just keep quiet especially when a friend or acquaintance is looking at a finished project. There was a time when a compliment would be replied with, “Thanks, I had this terrible tear-out down there near the base, you can’t hardly see it, but it’s there.” Or, “I really wanted the quarter-sawn grain on that fine piece of oak to pop more.” Now, I usually just smile and take the compliment. I do need to come clean on a never before revealed mistake. It’s my new workbench top. While I was bringing the top down to its final thickness, I noticed the top wasn’t flat. In fact it had a strange dip or broad gouge across the face of both tops which make up the split top design. Even …