Chief's Shop

We built this armoire for extra bathroom storage, but it can be made to go anywhere.

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When wood becomes a rebel..

Why is all the wood I’m current using fighting against me? All most finished the second of the frame for the dinning table I’m working on, doing a dry fit with the wood pins when I hear a might crack. The whole of one side has cracked. I could fix and glue it back, but it will look very ugly, plus I’ll always know it’s there. Lucky enough I have a spare length to make a new leg. Only two new mortises to do and we are back in business.

What can I learn from this? These things happen. I’m sure the most experienced cabinet marker has had things like this happen. Good thing it wasn’t all glued up!

I had forgotten……

I had forgotten what it was like to spend a afternoon in the shop working on a project. The fact you can block the world out and do your own thing is great. Has been a long time between drinks. I manage to get a fair bit done despite the weather starting to get grey and dark. Welcome to spring! Yeah right.

Anyway I have come away feeling more like a person. That I was productive and managed to catch up to where I should of been months ago.

I aiming to finish the dinning table in the next week or two. Just need the rain to go away. Almost finish the built in wardrobe project (that seems to have taken forever). Then it’s on to some nice little project for a family member.

I really must start to remember to photo everything so I have a record of what I have been doing.

Hurry up Summer, can’t wait for those long summer days where I can be in the workshop till late.

My New Farmhouse Dining Table (via LinDIY)

a table anybody handy can build.

My New Farmhouse Dining Table When Gord and I still lived in an apartment I got us a pub-height dining table and chairs from Jysk. I loved the look of pub-height tables, that is, until I had one myself. They're fun to sit at in a restaurant or bar, but to be climbing up on those high chairs every day gets old fast. They also make the room seem smaller because they're much higher than regular height tables. I have been wanting a new dining table, but I didn't want to cheap out … Read More

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