Two Builds, one post! It’s your lucky day! These two are definitely personal favorites. The coffee table, in my opinion, is my nicest build. I used two 8 foot oak slabs my grandfather had given my dad and then my dad gave them to me. Nothing like generations handing down wood lol. I have about 10 in my barn and decided it was time to put a few of them to use. They are rough-cut so I jointed them and put them through the planner to get them to proper thickness. This is the first time I made/used tapered legs and I think they turned out pretty awesome. I cut my legs and stretchers at 15 degrees to give it that mid-century look. (I think that is what mid-century looks like? I really have no idea, it just sounds like I know what I’m talking about.) With any wood there are going to be some flaws and knots, which there were, so I decided to cut out the knots and fill them with epoxy. This was a new skill/tool I used and it worked great. I guess that’s why I like this build so much. I wanted to build something new that challenged my skills. As a kid I use to have quotes all over my bedroom wall. One of them said “Practice without improvement is meaningless”. Maybe that implies to woodworking too!
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My next build was for the dreaded In-laws! Kidding, I love my in-laws. I hired my father-in-law as an intern for one of my first builds but he was drinking too many of my beers so I had to let him go. They are renovating a house they recently bought and asked me to build them a kitchen table. They picked up some old barn boards from Reclaimed, PEI. Once I got all the lumber (they had to go back twice), I had to run it through the jointer to square up the faces so when I glued it up it would be a seamless fit (It wasn’t lol). We put some cool hair-pin legs on it to give it that modern look and after 8 coats of polyurethane, Bobs your uncle (or in my case, father)! I think the table turned out awesome. The color and contrast of the wood makes it look super cool!
I also have something pretty cool in the works. It’s too good not to share with my avid readers. I’ll give you the spark notes version. I often visit websites for cool projects, inspiration and ideas for building things. One particular site had an add up saying they were hiring a contributor/blogger for their website. I didn’t really think much of it. I sent off a quick email saying I was interested along with my website and Instagram page. They got back to me saying they were interested and that I made it to the next stage of the process. So I pitched them three ideas of what I would be interested to write about. They got back to me saying they really liked them! In my head, I’m like “Shit. Could I really do this?” I would love to do this! I’m basically doing something similar, even if it is sporadic. I would love to write about other things I’m interested in. So now, I am currently on the final stage of the interview process. They asked me to write a sample article of my choice. I was in the middle of a build so I choose to do a ‘How to Build’ article. I have a couple of weeks to complete it, so I likely won’t hear back till Christmas. Who would have thought?! I’m sure I won’t get the job, but why not? It’s important to believe in yourself; to challenged yourself! Either way, it’s a great story! I will definitely keep everyone posted. I probably just jinxed it. Shit!