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Making A Plywood End Grain Table Top From Offcuts - Part 1 of 2

I had lots of offcuts of various pieces plywood cluttering up the workshop, and rather than throw them away I decided to make a table top from them, using the laminated layers of wood as a feature.  

I first checked each piece had a straight edge by holding it up against my tablesaw fence, and then ripped all of the pieces in to 30mm wide strips.  

Some of the plywood pieces had some white paint on them, so I sanded the paint off on the belt sander.  

Then I could glue up all the strips in to a piece that was roughly 600mm square.  

I then flattened the tabletop surface using a handplane, and then the belt sander.  

I filled any voids in the plywood with epoxy and sawdust.  

Then I made a mitred oak trim for the table top, which I needed to clean up by re-routing it and sanding.  

I finished the tabletop with Superior Danish Oil, and I had to apply quite a lot of it as the end grain soaked it up really quickly.  Finally I applied some Rustic Pine Briwax and buffed it to a nice sheen.  I was really pleased with how it turned out, I think it looks really interesting.  

I'll make a second part to this video where I will build a table frame to fit to this table top.



Making A Parquet Coffee Table Using Salvaged Oak (part 2 of 2)

In this video I make a frame for the parquet coffee table top that I made in a previous video using some reclaimed oak hat and coat stands that I salvaged from a local office clearance.  

I first cut the stretchers for the frame to about 12mm thick on the tablesaw.    

Then I cut the legs to length on the mitre saw, and ripped the faces off on the tablesaw to get rid of the routed edges.  

I used a tapering jig to cut a slight taper on the legs using the tablesaw.  

To create mortise joints in the legs to accommodate the stretchers, I made a simple template from some scrap plywood on the bandsaw, and I used this, clamped to the legs, to route out the mortise with a template bit.  

Then I assembled the frame, sanded, and finished with boiled linseed oil and Rustic Pine Briwax.  

I cut some of the left over parquet pieces from the table top build in to cleats, which I used to attach the table top to the frame.


Making A Parquet Coffee Table Using Salvaged Oak (part 1 of 2)

I wanted to find a use for lots of short pieces of oak.  These were the feet of some salvaged oak hat and coat stands that I reclaimed from a local office clearance.  

I cut the tapered angle off these pieces on the bandsaw, and then cut the remaining pieces in half which gave me lots of material to use in a parquet design for the table top.  

I planed them all to a consistent size on the thickness planer.  

Then I glued them to a scrap piece of chipboard using woodglue.  

It was important to keep the parquet design as close to a 45 degree angle as possible so that the design would be even and correct, and the speed square helped to keep everything aligned.  

I used a handplane and belt sander to get the tabletop levelled and cleaned up.  Then I cut some more pieces of oak on the tablesaw and mitred the corners to create a trim for the tabletop which I glued and brad nailed to the sides.  

I applied Superior Danish Oil to the oak tabletop (not the chipboard) and finally added a Rustic Pine Briwax to add definition to the grain and to make it match my other furniture more closely.


Making A Vinyl Display Unit

In this video I make a vinyl / record display unit in a mid century modern / vintage style for a friend.  

The unit is made of 3/4 inch plywood that I bought at my local reclamation yard specifically for this build.  The whole unit can be made with only one half of a full standard sheet of plywood.  

I cut some dado housing joints to accommodate the bottom shelf to give it plenty of strength.  

It was assembled with wood glue and brad nails, and finished with Rustic Pine Briwax.  

The hairpin legs were purchased on eBay and they were simply screwed on.  

This unit should hold around 60 records on each side - so 120 in total!  

Free plans for this build are available on the Resources page!


Restoring A Chest Of Drawers - Junk Find Makeover

I find an old chest of drawers made from sapele/sapele veneered particleboard in an alleyway close to my home.  I went to pick it up in my car, and it was in pretty bad shape.  The carcass was broken, it had water stains (from both rain and people not using drinks coasters!!), and it had some other defects.  

I started by disassembling it, and it was an unusual construction - built in two parts...  

Initially I thought I might try to convert the unit in to two separate small chests, they would have made good bedside tables.  However I didn't need bedside tables, and I was quite fond of the style of the chest of drawers (and sapele is my favourite wood!) and I could definitely make use of them as one chest.  So that's what I did.  

I first tried to remove some of the water stains using a clothes iron.  This worked out pretty well for the lighter stains, the heat from the iron seems to release the moisture that has gotten in to the old finish on the wood.  I had to be pretty careful though, as too much heat would have affected the glue on the veneer and potentially make it peel,.

Next, I scraped the surface of the veneer, gave it a light sanding with some 400 grit wet and dry paper and then applied some boiled linseed oil to revitalise the wood.  It looked good, so I continued!  

I used some Brasso to clean up the brass on the handles and cleaned up the handles as best I could.  Then I scraped off the old glue residue on the dovetail joints and re-assmbled the carcass with wood glue..  

Some of the drawer fronts had some chipped veneer, so I mixed some wood glue with sawdust and a bit of stain and used this as a filler, applying it with a cocktail stick.  

Finally, I finished the whole chest and drawers with a clear Briwax to add a bit more protection and a smooth, sheen finish.  The chest came out really nicely, and it is now in my bedroom.  I really like it.


Making A Dining Table With Mahogany, Teak, Oak, Pine & Spruce (part 2 of 2)

In this video I make the frame for the table, assemble it and finish it

Making A Dining Table With Mahogany, Teak, Oak, Pine & Spruce (part 1 of 2)

Here I make a dining table for my home.  In this video I make the table top

Making A Chest Of Drawers (part 2 of 2)

Here is a chest of drawers I made for my girlfriend using some salvaged dovetail jointed drawers that were found by some bins.

Part 2 covers making the feet, making the top, painting and applying finish and installing the drawer handles

Making A Chest Of Drawers (part 1 of 2)

Here is a chest of drawers I made for my girlfriend using some salvaged dovetail jointed drawers that were found by some bins.

Part 1 covers making the sides, starting to assemble the carcass, installing the drawer runners and cleaning up the drawer fronts.

Bandsaw Box - A Miniature Chest Of Drawers

This is my first ever attempt at a bandsaw box using offcuts of spare wood - using oak, pine and sapele (I think!)