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Saturday Project

I built this maple bench and coat rack last Saturday.   This was a fun little project to throw together.

Bench and Coat Rack Maple bench and coat rack I built one Saturday in 2019.
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More Chairs!

The Boss wants a new set of kitchen chairs to go with the kitchen table I made last winter. I started the prototype today.

Finished chairs with table

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The finished kitchen table and chairs.

The legs and seat rails are made of cherry, and the back rails are maple. The seat will also be maple. I’ll update this as this prototype is finished and more come into existence.

23 April 2017: legs tapered. Everything on the chair sanded and assembled. All mortise-&-tenon joints pinned with walnut dowels. Finally, two braces installed on the insides of each leg joint – one high and one low on the joint. Only one of these inner braces is installed right now; the second set will be installed after the seat is attached. Hopefully, this is enough stabilization of these joints to allow me to get away with no lower struts on the legs.

23 August 2017: Finally, all the chairs are finished, so the kitchen table and chair set is complete!

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A New Table


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Cherry boards sized for the base of the trestle table.
Cut boards for base
Cherry Base finished.
Finished base
Gluing curly maple table top.
Gluing up table top
Curly maple figure in table top.
Figure in table top
Finished table.
Table finished.

I started a new project today – a dining room table for Mary Poulson’s new house. My plan is for this to be a trestle table, with a cherry base and a maple top. This evening I got started by planing and cutting the cherry boards to size for the trestle base.  I’ll update this post as I make progress. UPDATE: 13 April 2014, Turned the cut pieces into the finished cherry base today.  See the second picture in the gallery above. UPDATE: 19 April 2014, Went to Sharp’s Lumber on Little Squam Lake this morning and got some beautiful curly maple boards for the table top.  When I got home, I planed them, squared and biscuited the butt joints, and glued up the main surface.  The top has beautiful figure in it! UPDATE: 19 July 2014, Gave table to Mary at her retirement party yesterday.

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