Thursday, July 13, 2017

wood selection

 A friend gave me some raw cherry, and I was hoping that would be enough. It's not quite, though, so I bought a few small scrap pieces of cherry from a lumber yard. Scrap pieces are super cheap!

The new store-bought scrap is nicely planed to 3/4 in but the raw boards need to be planed. I'm borrowing a planer from the same friend who gave me the cherry. Until then, I'm just going to cut the longer boards down to 25 inches so they'll be ready for planing. The new material will be used for the legs, the old material used for the circular top.

coffee table sketches

Normally I sketch by hand, but normally I make furniture with straight lines. The curvy details of this table require me to get a little more precise. So, I started playing with graph paper on my computer, and superimposing pictures of the table, so I can get approximate measurements and figure out how much wood I need. 

I know that the dimensions of the table are 33 inches in diameter by 18 inches tall. 34 is an easier number to work with, so I shrank a picture of the table down so that it fits into 34 graph squares. This will let me get measurements of the leg supports

To the right is a birds eye view of the table. The circle is cut from four boards. Using the graph paper I can determine that each board needs to be 24 x 7 (and probably I'll make them a little larger for wiggle room)

The sketches below won't make much sense to you, but they do to me! And that's what counts. 

G Plan coffee table idea

G Plan was a British furniture company, responsible for some iconic mid-century modern designs. The table below is one of their designs, and I plan to build a replica in the next few weeks.

My sunroom is full of right angles, and I think it needs a coffee table that is all curves. This fits the bill perfectly. Also, it will require me to exercise some new carpentry skills, and that's a fun challenge.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Finished Benches in place

Here some pictures of the completed benches in their final places. I still have several of the smaller benches to stain/wax but they'll live elsewhere

Tuesday, September 6, 2016


The wax is a tinted mahogany wax from mylands. It has a strong smell going on. The overall effect is remarkable. It adds sort of an orange tint to the oil stain that's reddish, and wood that's brownish. It ends up being fairly dark, but you can still see the grain, and it evens out the color differences between the walnut sap-wood and heart-wood.

Here are some pictures of three identical benches: Bare, Oiled, and Oiled and Waxed

With the wax, the wood almost seems to glow from the inside, which is a neat effect. Here is a picture of a completed long bench and short bench in place


I'm going with a staining regime that I've done before with great success on the two most recent big projects. Walnut wood stained with two coats of cherry danish oil (watco) and then finished with two to three coats of a tinted mohagany wax.

Here are some pictures right after the danish oil is applied. It looks gorgeous when wet. The tone get flatter and less rich when it dries but the wax brings that back for the most part.

Before and After Danish oil

Some pictures before stain

Here are just a bunch of pictures of the benches assembled before sanding and staining