Shaker Style End Tables

We are getting started on building a pair of Shaker style end tables, made mostly of cherry. Here is a shot of one set of legs, all tapered and joinery mortises cut. Next step: cut all the aprons, rails, and guide rails.

Hope to get these finished in time for Dayton Days in a couple of weeks - we'll see...



Another Big Batch of Cutting Boards Completed

We completed several of each style (multi-domestic strips with exotic edges, and mostly maple with off-center exotic). Used padauk on some and purpleheart on others. 18 new boards in all.

Ready for Dayton Days on October 5!


A Trip to the Lumber Yard



Today I paid a visit to my local hardwood dealer, Blue Ridge Lumber Co. ( and purchased 66 board-feet of white oak and cherry roughsawn lumber. I will be using it in the next couple projects I'm starting soon: some craftsman-style quilt racks and some arched rail mirrors. Stay tuned for updates...  :)


Cutting Boards


Just completed a batch of cutting boards, ready for sale! I used 2 different designs, using mainly domestic hardwoods (maple, cherry, walnut) with some exotics (padauk, purpleheart) as accents. They are all finished with one coat of mineral oil followed by one coat of a blend of mineral oil & beeswax.



Finishing the Finish

We are coming down the home stretch on the maple bed project for Hannah. Pictured below is a process known as "rubbing out" or "finishing the finish" being performed on one of the bed rails. After several coats of Arm-R-Seal urethane have been applied, we use a 4000 grit Mirka Abralon buffing pad and some soapy water to apply the final smoothing and semi-gloss sheen...

Rail video 1_Moment
Rail video 1_Moment
Finished rail photo

Cabinet Scraper

After bent-laminating the cap piece for the bed headboard into its arched shape, I had to come up with a way to cleanly trim the edges so that the laminations were flush with one another. I couldn't safely use the table saw or bandsaw to do a trimming rip cut because the cap piece was now curved and would not be flat on the table. I don't (yet) have a jointer, and the arch height way exceeds the capabilities of edge jointing on the router table. Using a belt sander or random orbit sander would risk unevenly rounding over the edges (which would be done in the next steps more precisely with a router). So what to do?

Bring on the hand tools...

I broke out my Veritas cabinet scraper (modeled after the old Stanley no. 80) and shaved away.

Scraper pic