Oak Bedside Tables

This project was mainly driven by the need to make use of some left over oak veneered MDF.  It's the same material as I used for the previous project - the coat and shoe rack, and I needed to clear some space in my workshop which meant using up the rest of it.  Because some of the pieces were quite short, I had the idea of making some bedside tables, and when I started using SketchUp to make a 3D model I found that I had just enough material to make 2x matching ones.  Unfortunately some of the material had some mould on it, so I couldn't use everything that I had.

Restoring A Mid Century Modern Sideboard

In this video I buy and restore a secondhand mid century modern style sideboard.  

I came across this while browsing through my facebook feed, it looked like someone was going to throw it away, so I bought it from them, paying £20.  

It wasn't in too bad condition, but it had some scratches, heat and water stains and one of the drawer runners was missing.  The finish was also quite dull.

I started out by making a new set of drawer runners for it, as the old ones were softwood and only attached with staples and very little glue - not very well made...

Making An Oak Table Frame For The Plywood Table Top - Part 2 of 2

In this video I make a frame for the plywood end grain table top that I made in the previous video..  

I used some of the oak hat and coat stands that I salvaged from a local office clearance to make the frame.  The design of the frame was influenced by a table I saw in a mid-century modern / vintage shop in Mallorca in Spain while I was on holiday, however mine differed slightly as I wanted to add a shelf to sit beneath the table top.  

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.  

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.  

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.  

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.  

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...  

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

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