All posts tagged: furniture

The Montreat Side Table Finished

There are times when you finish a project and the results just blow you away. Such was the case with the Montreat Side Table. I finished this project in April of 2020. It was the furniture project underway when I went on my blogging sabbatical. I hate to leave loose ends so this post will serve to put a wrap on the construction of this table. Let’s take a look at the glamour shots… There were a few “firsts” with this project. The Montreat Side Table is my first contemporary design. The shape is traditional but I just did not want to make straight legs. They angle outward to a point below the lower edge of the drawer, then taper to the floor. That lead to subtle angular lines for the base stretchers and table top. And the drawer pull which is a long, angles outward as well. This was the first time I used walnut, a handsome wood which is easy to work. Also, this was my first use of a water based urethane. …

Terry B. Builds the Queen Size Bed

This is impressive work. Terry B. from California just completed a woodworking project based on the Queen Size Bed plan I have at Sawtooth Ideas. Terry’s project is impressive to me because he is still in his early days of woodworking. While the joinery in this bed isn’t especially difficult, the bed becomes a large project as completion nears. Large projects, even those with basic joinery, often present some difficulty simply due to their size. Terry took a sizable project and successfully completed it. Lets take a look at some photos… Terry has been woodworking for just 14 months. He gains inspiration for projects by scanning woodworking magazines and browsing on the internet. His woodworking is 90% power tool and 10% hand tool (about like me). I asked him about his favorite tool; Terry’s reply: “My favorite shop tool is my table saw basically because I have respect for it. I recognize and appreciate all the benefits of using it and understand the bodily injuries it could inflict on me if I become careless when …

Creating a Woodworking Plan, Part 4: Bringing a Plan to Life

While the part of a woodworking plan I dread the most is the cut list, the part of the plan which is by far the most work is creating the illustrations. I make extensive use of illustrations in woodworking plans for two main reasons: 1) in general, I don’t like the photos I take, and 2) I think I can communicate more information in a better way with illustrations. By the way, see part 1 of this series here, part 2 here, and part 3 here. Page Layout A typical page of a project plan may have as many as four illustrations. Most have three and with the queen size bed plan I am updating, there is one which has no illustrations at all (the cut list page). I like to create visual interest by changing up the page layout as a project progresses. I do this mainly by changing the number of illustrations per page. I often use a grid structure for text and illustrations (see more on the benefits of using grids here – Google it …