Here are some of the furniture woodworking projects I have made over the years.
English Garden Bench – Built this in 1990 from cedar. Mortise and tenon construction. It turned gray pretty quickly, so I stained it red to match the rest of my deck furniture. It’s been a while… needs another coat of red stain. The plans are from my buddy Norm at the New Yankee Workshop. Norm made his from teak, but he has a virtually unlimited budget ;-). The cedar has held up well.
Coffee Table – built in 2004 from solid oak. The legs are premade ones from from Rockler.
Entertainment Center – also made in 2004 from oak. The feet are modified wooden pears that I got from the Wood & Shop.
Table Lamp – Made from cherry.
Piano Bench – Solid oak. Made in the early 1990’s. Our piano is an upright grand that was built in 1905 by the Estey piano company. It survived a tornado and the subsequent water damage in the school where it was for many years. We bought it from our neighbor across the street at our first house. I extensively renovated the action with new felts, corks, and leather parts, as well as a couple missing action keys. Most of the replacement parts came from International Piano Supply (now out of business). The outside got a good steel-wooling and a new coat of varnish. I recreated the scrollwork detail on the music stand, which was missing when we got the piano.
Storage Bench – Built in 2007 out of oak. All mortise and tenon construction, panels are oak plywood, everything else is solid oak.
Storage Cabinet – Built in 2011 using a stock unfinished kitchen cabinet from the home center. Added oak plywood sides and top. Edges veneered with iron-on oak banding. We used this to keep our hot tub chemicals and sandals organized.
Subwoofer – uses a dual 15 inch speakers in an isobaric arrangement, with speakers wired out-of-phase with each other so they don’t fight when driven. Puts out a nice smooth low frequency sound.