Nice when you can see improvement in skills over time well done!Six years ago I built one of my first woodwork projects. A garden table and bench from some reclaimed oak. They both got the ‘flintstone’ treatment, no idea how strong wood is so make it ridiculously thick!
The table has lived outside since and has weathered rather well. However, the bench came into the kitchen shortly afterwards for party seating and never left. The bench was functional, that’s about the only positive I can say. The huge dovetails were a disaster and fit so bad I had to drive little wedges in so the didn’t wobble too bad, they were obviously unglueable due to huge gaps.
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A few weeks back I caught my leg on one of these wedges again, and I’d had enough. I took the beast out to the workshop for some repurposing. The tops were taken off, resawn, and glued up into a new wider top. Octagonal tapered legs, and a big bevel gave it the form I had in mind. It was great to have the skills now to build the bench I really wanted to make back then!
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Ho fun a thing to doThis bedroom lampshade is the latest Kumiko noodling...
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We recently replaced a venetian blind with wooden slats that I recycled into Kumiko strips. They do have a finish on them and i didn't sand them back as they are the ideal thickness for my table saw blade kerf. The Kumiko panels are held together by the snugness of the half lap joints alone (the only glue being that fixing the paper backing).
To keep the shade as light as possible I made the frame from 15mm square stock milled from some 2x4 CLS off cuts which I finished in a 'Walnut' tinted Osmo oil and then a 'Tudor Oak' coloured wax.
As it is a lampshade it won't get close inspection so the staining will be good enough, but I'm not a great fan of staining cheap softwood. But I'm happy with the result from what was just scrap materials.