Poor man's jointer - double-sided stickytape and a strip of sandpaper
The first join
Improvised clamps for the leg brackets
Varnishing the top
The leg brackets before roundover routing
Fitting the legs
Clamping the legs
A desk for my son
Clamping the slabs for the desktop
Clamping the leg bracket frames
More progress on the leg brackets
Leg brackets complete
Clamping the bookshelf frames
Bookshelf frames complete
Staining the bookshelves black
Staining the desktop
Installed. Note the barely-visible undershelf for a "tower" computer
Routing the insides of the leg frames to accommodate the bedhead and foot panels
Ready to go
End-grain chopping board
How predictable - convert a hand circular saw to a table saw, and what is the first project?
Many mistakes were made, and the pictures don't look as impressive if one zooms in...
But it is functional, and will probably last a long time
Computer keyboard wrist rest
A simple use for a beautiful piece of Blackwood
The figure just glows beautifully, and shanges with your viewing angle.
After seeing it, my wife ordered one for her computer.
A shoe rack for the family
The powers that be favour the entire family's footwear holding being stored by the front door.
Too big? Not full?
Trust me, it won't be for long...
A rough 'n' ready bed for the spare room
Executed with less than customary effort in pine with tassie oak slats.
Pipe filling tray
Made from lovely but impractical Huon pine.
So soft you can carve it with a piece of sandpaper, and with corresponding durability issues.
Lots of hard lessons learnt in this one.
A series of pipe tobacco cellaring cases
Made from cheap pine and plywood
I was experimenting with different finishing techniques.
The golden-hued one was my first successful attempt at French polishing.
A pipe rack in Huon pipe and Tasmanian blackwood
An experimental design
Roughing out the pieces
Initial fit up in a jig frame.
Finished with shellac and furniture oil.
I like the way it turned out, though there are a few things I'd do differently if I made another one
A bed for my bird-loving daughter and her partner upon moving out of home
A litany of disasters
This project features every silly mistake that it's possible to make.
Incorrect measurements meant the design had to be changed mid-flight.
A pastiche of cover-up over cover-up. But if you don't look too closely the end result is... adequate.
I'm starting to suspect some vestigial over-protective/territorial instinct
deep within my reptilian hindbrain was subconsciously attempting to sabotage the whole endeavour.