Wood and Art


Merry Christmas everyone! I thought I’d share this build because it’s a little different from my previous builds and it turned out super cool! This build started when my bud, Jeremy, sent me a picture and asked if I could tackle something this like. I said of course! I mean what’s the worst that could happen? I screw it up and sell it to him anyway because I mean, he can’t say he doesn’t like it and ask for his money back! That’s not how this works. Kidding. All my builds are life time guarantee ;). He is actually my first time returning customer. I built him a rocky coffee table, which was one of my first builds. Still trying to forget about that one. I’m pretty sure they just bring it out and toss some magazines on it when they know I’m coming over. So when he sent me a picture of another build to do, I really wanted to show my craftsmanship so he’d still be friends with me. It’s basically art and a focal point of their living room, plus I couldn’t have him have two shitty builds in one room. Not a great way to build a reputation as a satisfactory woodworker or as a friend. I personally think it turned out awesome. Check out the build process below.
On a side note, my addiction for building everything and anything has been slowly taking over my life. My wife has been very, very patient with me. Thank-you.


120 year old steakhouse coffee table

Well, this was probably the most time consuming build I’ve tackled yet. It was a lot of work but totally worth it. It started when my brother-in-law said I could have some old wooden floors from the now Sims Steakhouse. I jumped at the opportunity because I love free things (I have an old washer I picked up off the side of the street if anyone is looking for one) not to mention free wood. The floors were in terrible shape. I should have just tossed them over the bridge on the way home. But I didn’t, Johnny just happen to mention that they would make a nice coffee table and they didn’t happen to have one in their new house…. I soon after decided that I will make them a coffee table as a house warming/Christmas present. (Decided to through the Christmas present in there because we aren’t exchanging this year…… or are we???)

Cleaning up the old wood was a huge pain in the arse, not to mention the shitpile of splinters I had to remove from my body or the abuse my lungs took. I decided to rip the edges off all of them and plane them down to thickness. This is the part where I should have checked for nails and probably should have put on some sort of respirator.

There were definitely a few nails in these old floors. Probably not ideal for my saws.
So that being said, it took me a lot longer to finish it than it should have. It doesn’t help that my wife likes it One Hundred Thousand degrees in our house. So it gets a little hot working next to the furnace. The lack of windows doesn’t help the sawdust situation as it fills the air making it hard to breathe, let alone drink/finish my beers before they evaporate. (My first time writing the word wife! If you haven’t been on facebook lately,  I got married, and I might be tagged in a picture or two billion. Don’t ask me how I got so lucky!)

Overall, I think the coffee table turned out awesome! It was a lot of work but well worth it. I’m super happy I got to build this for my sister and brother-in-law. Check out the build process below.

Thanks for tuning in. Appreciate all the positive feedback Juddy Judson Builds is getting.


Right from the attic of Sims


First pass through the thickness planer
Table top glued up.


2 months later I finished.
Wedding gift my grandfather gave Courtney and I. She loves it.
Adorable Hockey Shelf I made for Jett Larter.