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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Franklin Chair

Something I’ve wanted to make for quite a while now. Found the plans in “The Essential Pine Book”. Rumored to have been invented by Benjamin Franklin hence the name. As you can see it transforms easily from a chair in to a step ladder withing second. Pretty cool idea.

Made from pine I picked up at a local home center. The wood was priced as “value” wood so I might have 5 – 8 bucks worth of wood in it. A few goofs here and there and some mental notes for next time (if there is a next time).


Monday, July 20, 2009

Joiners Mallet

The complete set of plans for this mallet was found in Shop Notes Issue 2, March 1992.

Made from leftover Walnut and White Oak. I had a blast building this one and I’m planning to make more just because it was so much fun. I finished it with a couple of coats of Danish Oil. The weights for the head are split-shot sinkers (small ones) that I just happened to have in my tackle box. And the leather for the face of the mallet was found at a local craft store – a bag of remnants for 5 bucks.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Harvest Table

All the wood for the table is 100% reclaimed barnwood – yellow pine I think. The legs were milled out of a 3×12 beam which I’m assuming was fairly old considering I pulled a dozen or so square/cut nails out of it. The table top is made from 1 inch thick planks of barn siding.  The table is 42×80 and will seat eight people. We found the chairs at a local discount chain and we’re still waiting on the final three to come in. I tried matching the stain on the table to that of the chairs which I think came out pretty close.

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