Thursday, March 6, 2014

Timeless Contemporary Coffee Tables

Coffee tables come in many designs and styles such as the classic, contemporary or the modern types. These coffee tables are considered to be a good centerpiece for your home.
From wood to metal to glass type of materials, and every designs, shape and size you can think of, there is a contemporary coffee table that is just right for your living room.
Wood is still a key factor for many contemporary coffee table designs and styles. It lasts long, durable and is easy to clean and maintain. However, they do differ with the finishes nowadays, which have dark, clean and pale natural finishes have replaced the mahogany and cherry finishes before. On the other hand, common and standard rectangle, square and round designs like the round ottoman coffee tables are still in. Lately there are so many creative, unique and stylish designs invented and produced for a wide variety of designs and styles to choose from.
Metal type of materials are still up to date, only that they come in a more artistic and unique designs. Metal type of coffee tables are considered to be one of the unique coffee tables nowadays because it usually last longer than wood type of tables.
Another type of contemporary coffee tables are the glass top tables, which became popular in the 80’s and until now it is still counting for more individuals who loves glass type of table. Its base can be made with wood, iron and aluminum with different shapes and designs to consider for the tabletop and its base as well. Unfortunately, until now they still haven’t invented a type of glass table that is dust proof and does not show any fingerprint marks.
These contemporary coffee tables can also have storage spaces for keeping away your stuffs. There are those that have drawers, shelves for your magazines and newspaper that you can easily read at anytime you want. There are also deeper storage spaces wherein you can store away your stuffs that you don’t need that much.
Having this contemporary coffee table will bring out the best of both worlds, it is a timeless possession that will still outshine through the end of time.
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Cow bank!

Absolutely love Milan Gigels modification of my piggy bank into a cow. Such a fun paint job on it!


January is really a perfect time to organize. Heres a great idea from Michael McChesney who built this beautiful canning cabinet for his wife. With all her jars, Michael had to design this to withstand over 500 pounds of weight!

Jim Hedrick made one of my step stools for his granddaughter. Love the finish on this.

Wait, another pig! Frank Tarte made his all in wood, with  plywood eyes, hardwood tail, and no paint.

Project preview

Spent this week making an under bed storage box. Its really more than just a box though! Video, more info and plans tomorrow.

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Contest winner!

Congratulations Lee Minton for your winning entry in the haiku contest!

Lees entry was very clever and funny:

Fingers! Five each hand. 
Keep them there with Grr-Ripper, or 
Use toes for zipper.

Lee wins a brand new Grr-Ripper for his entry. Thank you all for participating. And thank you for voting for your favorite, too. I hope to run another contest soon. Oh, and thanks MicroJig for playing along.

I had someone on YouTube ask if I would buy the Grr-Ripper if it hadnt been given to me. Absolutely. Its a great safety tool, but most importantly for me, it ensures really tight cuts on my table saw and other tools. Check it out guys. Its kind of pricey, but most definitely worth the investment.
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Make a rolling lumber cart

This week I finally decided to do something about the less-than-adequate storage system I have been using for my lumber. The biggest problem for me has been finding a good way to store plywood and other sheet goods.

Most of us rarely need to store a full sheet of plywood. I buy sheet goods to meet the requirements of whatever project I am building and use them right away. At most, I may need to store them for a day or two, in which case I just lean them against a wall or — if its not raining — simply leave them in my truck.

Sometimes I dont use all of the sheet however, so what I needed was a way to store a half-sheet or so. This lumber cart solves much of my storage problems, and after building it I discovered that it holds a lot more wood than my old rack and takes up less space.


Building plans:
  • PDF File
  • SketchUp file


Update: Thanks Fabian V. Valinskas for drawing out a cutting diagram!

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Vintage Wardrobe

My man has found himself in the middle of a vintage furniture smorgasboard getting ready to open our new shop.  The furniture and other items he has found are amazing 
and hard for me to let go of.  
This wardrobe is one of his finds.  I just love it and get to keep it. 
It definitely needs some love so I cant wait to see what I can do with it.  I dont want to use it as a wardrobe, but instead, add some shelves to the inside and use it for storage in our laundry room, which we desperately need.
And Im also thinking of giving it a paint job, but havent decided on a color.  I think Ive narrowed it down to white or gray.  What do you think?
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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

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Wood Talk Online Radio – 86

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On today’s special live edition of Wood Talk Online Radio, we’ll be discussing leaving a woodworking legacy, popping the grain on non-figured woods, Popular Woodworking goes digital, and other stuff and things! We’ll also have some voicemails, emails, and the common task quiz.

Email us at or call and leave us a voice mail at (623) 242-5180 or Skype us at WoodTalkOnline. And don’t forget to visit the forum at!

Lim’s voicemail kicks off a conversation about building for your personal legacy.

Pop WW’ing goes digital?
Adam King steps down from managing Twitter #woodchat
Charger’s maiden voyage Adirondack Guide Boat

Louis asks about popping the grain in redwood.

You are making a table top for an end table. The top is compose of three boards. Do you alternate the end grain or no?
This same table decides to cup one year later. Its causing a separation from the table aprons. What do you do?

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A little more on the swivel lid

A little catching up on the guitar pick box.

Mere minutes

And on an unrelated note, my son clued me in to this video. Enjoy:

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The Different Types of Joinery Involved In Woodworking Which Is Better for You

By []David Chett
Joinery woodworking refers to joining two pieces of wood together, mostly to form corners with wood. The appearance and the strength of a joint tell wonders about the overall skill of the woodworker. When dealing with joinery in woodworking, we find different types of joints, each specific to certain types of application. Learning and effectively apply these joints draw you closer to mastering the art of woodworking. Below are the different types of joints:
Basic Butt - The Basic Butt Join is the simplest type of joint. This type of joint is formed when two pieces of wood are put together to make a right angle. You often find this joint in construction but is not an attractive option when building furniture or fine woodworking.
Mitered Butt - Just as the name suggest; a Mitered Butt Joint is formed when a miter angle is completed. While not the strongest type of joint, it is very much aesthetically pleasing.
Mortise and Tenon - Like the Basic Butt Joint, the Mortise and Tenon Joint also connect two pieces of wood to form a right angle. This is completed by placing a piece of wood with a rectangular pin cut from its end (the tenon) and is inserted into another cutout slow (the mortise).
Tongue and Groove - The Tongue and Groove Joint is slightly stronger than the Basic Butt Joint and instead of using to form right angles, is used to piece together pieces end to end. It involves one piece of wood that has a protruding tab (known as the tongue) and is fitted with another piece of wood.
Dado - The Dado is highly similar to the Tongue and Groove Joint. You find a grooved slot created at the end of one board where another board fits into place. The Dado Joint is mostly found when working with plywood.
Rabbet - Like the Dado Joint, the Rabbet joint is also popular when working with plywood and cabinetry. The rabbet join connects to a back board with four side boards which forms a box.
Through Dovetail- When participating in woodworking, understand that the Through Dovetail Joint has become the preferred joinery technique. This is where a series of tabs along the edge of one board are fitted together to form slots. This forms an extremely strong joint and is often used with furniture.
Half-Blind Dovetail- This joint is similar to the Through Dovetail Joint in that this joint also uses a series of slots to connect the pieces of wood together. When working with the Half-Blind Dovetail, there is one side of wood which hides the joints.
Sliding Dovetail- This joint is commonly used when making a drawer assembly. It works in line with the Dado Joint but is more secure than the Dado Joint. Keep this in mind when dealing with both joints.
Biscuit- The Biscuit Joint, like the tongues and groove joint is used to connect wood end-to-end. With this joint, a crescent shaped hole is cut into the edges of both pieces of wood. After this is completed, an oval of compressed wood is then glued to the slots followed by clamping the joint. The glue will cause the biscuit to swell up which secures the joint.
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Monday, March 3, 2014

Make a rustic pallet wood bath cabinet

As we gain experience as woodworkers, we begin to get a feel for the properties of all types of wood species. We understand that sawing hard maple is completely different from sawing pine.

The way to achieve success when building with pallet wood is to understand the material you are working with. Think of it as a separate species, in a way, and you wont fall into the trap of trying to revert the individual boards to their original, freshly milled, lumberyard states.

All the use and abuse they have been through in their lifetimes show in every nail hole, rust stain, gouge and split. Work with those features as if they were the grain on an ebony board. Design projects around those defects. Emphasize and highlight them! Those pallets worked hard to earn those blemishes. 

The Bath Cabinet

When designing this cabinet, I wanted it to say, "simplicity". There is nothing complicated about the construction or the design. "Rustic" refers not only to the quality and condition of the wood, but to its humble purpose. 

If you build with pallet wood, you will discover that the boards come in all different widths and thicknesses, so if you use my plans, observe the measurements loosely. Use the boards you have available and work them into custom dimensions. 

I used my router to square up the edges of my boards for gluing together into wide panels. If you dont have a router or a jointer, you can make do by just by sawing straight edges on two boards and gluing them together. Like everything on this cabinet, nothing has to fit together perfectly. In fact, if you strive for absolute precision (the way so many woodworkers learn) you will end up very frustrated. Remember to use the wood as it wants to be used!

Download Plans
  • WWMM Rustic pallet wood bath cabinet (pdf)
  • Sketchup file


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Japanese Chisel

The Japanese Chisel is by far the best chisels that one can ever get. The quality and craftsmanship is unmatched. In fact these chisels are works of art themselves, and are sold by the makers name.
The metal used in these chisels are a form of "Mokume Gane." Its a very complex and time consuming metal making process that involves at least two different metals. Instead of heating the metals to a temperature where they would melt and form an alloy, the different metals are cleaned and stacked in alternating layers, bound together under pressure and then is heated to a temperature that is close to melting, but not quite. At this temperature the individual metal layers begins to "sweat" and weld to each other. After it cools the billet is then cut and shaped to form the marbling or grain in the metal. It is also most likely to have a patina put on it, to better show the grain pattern. The mokume gane is very decorative, but also has added strength because it is a composite of two different metals. I actually have made a ring with mokume gane, Ill bring it in tomorrow. "Mokume gane" actually means wood grain in Japanese. Not all Japanese chisels are made with mokume gane, and those that are made with mokume gane are very expensive. These chisels are worth about $400, but they are also made with ebony handles, of course all hand crafted. I dont know about you, but I would hesitate to sharpen these chisels.
I would think that chisels like these would be out of most of our price range, at least right now when most of us are starving college students, but if any of you are one day wildly successful, its something to think about. I would say out of all the tools that I have covered, the saw is probably the most affordable and useful. The Japanese Plane can be expensive unless you get a really small one, which they do make for about $50, but the body is made out of ebony. The Japanese saw comes in many varieties, but the one I would recommend would be the double sided standard saw. You can find a descent double edged Ryoba saw for about $30 to $50, of course they can get more expensive than this, but I find the saws in this price range to be more than adequate. Out all the tools that I have discussed, the saw is probably the most useful, especially for what our class might be doing.

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Mini chair begins

This weekend I plan to really get rolling on the funky traingles chair. Yesterday I resawed half of that chunk of walnut:

I was delighted to discover a really nice grain figure when the two halves were bookmatched:

And I finished up with a really weird-ass glue-up. I have the oddest assortment of clamps and as the cliche goes, you can never have enough. But I just mix and match.

Out to cut some triangles!
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Christmas Kitchen and Guest Post at City Farmhouse

 Good morning!  This past week I added a few festive touches to our kitchen and took some photos for a guest post I wrote at my friend Jens.  I thought Id share some of the pictures here too. 

 This month I have been using so much cypress.  Its soft and easy to work with and so far has held its color. 

 I hung some over the window above the sink and then added a burlap bow.  (I used this great tutorial for making the bow.) 

 I also clipped some lavender from our garden... I love catching its light fragrance while Im doing dishes. 

 I made a little garland for Jillians room which used some cranberries... while I was at it, I also threaded a few small little strands to put here and there. 

The girls stood beside me as I took these photos... anxiously waiting for me to finish so we could actually eat the pomegranate!

 A fun little treat this time of year... but messy too (smile). 

 On the other side of the kitchen are my cupboards... Im sure you remember this cupboard, which hasnt changed too much. 

  But I always like adding a few little seasonal touches to it. 

I mentioned in a previous post that weve been baking up a storm.  After we *thought* we were finished with photos, we made some cookies... but I dragged out the camera again (smile).  I never get tired of seeing her drag her little stool over to help. 

(I have to tell you how hilarious Jillian is... whenever I get out the camera these days, she says something along the lines of, for the blog again?!)   

We (okay, actually its mostly I) have plans for this corner of the kitchen and I hope we can get started on it soon!  Lets just say theres a pile of old barn wood planks sitting on our back deck just waiting...

Today I am guest posting over at City Farmhouse.  If you havent visited Jen yet, you will love her.  She and her family live in a seaside town in New York... Jen has beautiful style and her home is just lovely and a true reflection of her.  This week she shared her home decorated for Christmas and it is so gorgeous it blew me away... you can find her tour here.   Anyway, she invited me to be a part of her Style House series and Im honored to be giving a little tour of our home.  And if you are visiting from City Farmhouse, thank you so much for stopping by.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Cleaning Therapy

Today I needed some cleaning therapy. And I dont call it therapy often. But today, I found myself with some ever elusive time on my hands. Combine that with a perfectly gray rainy day and a heavy heart, and I was ready to clean. I needed to clean because I needed to clear my thoughts just as much as I needed to clear the kitchen counters.

I have two sons that I am absolutely smitten with. I mean I adore them in an "I cant stop staring at you both and I want to follow you around to protect you from everything in life but that would be creepy so I dont" kinda way. My oldest son is in high school. He is a varsity athlete and for the first time ever, he got benched. It is breaking my heart. He is an amazing athlete, an outstanding student, and a kind and sweet soul all rolled up into a handsome disheveled boy/man work of perfection. But what I know wont make it better. This is life in sports and he plays sports in one of the best schools and in one of the most competitive states in the country. So thats fine, he can take it, I can take it. He will only get stronger from this.

So, with the hum of the washer going and the repetition of wiping and dusting, I dont dwell quite so much on what I cant change. I have faith, like a mustard seed, in the paths my children will take and at least, I can give them what I can. A comforting and (sometimes) clean home for them to come home to.

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The Front Porch

 I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  Over the weekend we finished our front porch remodel.  Yesterday afternoon I went outside with Rosetta, propped my feet on the coffee table and as we swung back and forth listening to the birds chirping, the feelings that came over me were exactly what I had hoped to accomplish with our project.  More than anything, I just wanted to create a space to enjoy the outdoors that was comfortable, relaxing and peaceful. 


This was a "before" picture I found buried.  It was taken about 6 months after we moved into our house.  My style has changed a bit over the past few years and weve done some yard work, but the elements (round aluminum columns, vinyl shutters, light fixtures, etc.) have all stayed the same until recently. 


 The biggest transformation was building square columns on the porch.  Justus and I have wanted to do this since the day we moved in, but as it always go, weve had to prioritize.  The columns completely transformed the look of our house... it was so exciting to see the exterior come together.  Justus actually just framed around the existing columns and then it was time to use wood filler, caulk and paint.  (The UPS man probably thinks Im crazy as he drove by three days in a row last week while I was still puttying and sanding.)   I mentioned in an earlier post that we also removed the shutters and it instantly gave the front porch such an open feeling. 

 Our front porch is huge, so I really wanted to focus on creating a couple different seating areas that would invite somebody to sit down and relax. 

 Justus gave me the swing a couple years ago as a birthday gift but Ive always thought how nice it would be to have a place to prop feet.  So I came up with a basic design and asked (okay, begged) Justus if he would build us a couple pieces of matching furniture for the porch. 

 I love what he came up with.  Once he finished building, I stained the pine and sealed it.  I wanted something that was simple, yet had that farmhouse plank appeal.  

The coffee table also doubles as a bench if we ever need extra seating.  

 The "tray" on the coffee table is an old box (from the 1950s) that my father-in-law had... he gave me a few of them and on this one I removed the lid to convert it into a tray we could use outdoors.  The rope handles are just perfect.

To complete this seating area, I added a natural seagrass rug and some outdoor pillows from Lamps Plus. 


 We still have the same four flower planters we built last summer and right now theyre packed with Vinca (my favorite annual for shade).  

In the background you can see our chicken house. 

 On the opposite side of the porch, I created another seating area, but this one had to allow for a walkway as the driveway is to the right of the porch (you can vaguely see the gravel in this picture) and we come up on this side of the porch. 

Justus also built this side table and it has the same design as the coffee table.  I really wanted a little table here so there was a space to set down drinks, etc. 

And of course there had to be room for accessories, like a lantern (smile)! 

This is the Mini Penny hydrangea I recently planted... I love its pale pink blooms. 

 I also gave the front porch a fresh coat of paint.  Its just a shade darker than what it had been.

 These light fixtures are really what inspired the entire look of the porch and prompted me to go with soft grays... I love how the nickel color gives such a light, fresh feeling. 

If you missed the post about our front door makeover, you can catch up here

Thanks for reading... I hope I havent bombarded you with pictures!  If you have any questions, feel free to ask (smile)! 

P.S.  You may have noticed that somebody had a lot of fun running back and forth sampling the lemonade while I was taking pictures!  

Porch Posts:
Porch Planning here
The Front Door here 

Source List:

Door Paint: Benjamin Moore Essex Green Semi-Gloss
Porch Paint: Valspar Satin Porch & Floor Paint Light Gray 
Column Paint: Martin Senour Great Life Exterior Bright White Semi-Gloss
Furniture Stain: Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain Sunbleached
Furniture Sealer: Satin Polyurethane
Door Hardware: Rust-Oleum Universal Titanium Spray Paint
Porch Rockers: Cracker Barrel and Wal-Mart
Porch Swing: Purchased locally and made by a craftsman in Nashville
Lamps Plus Seagrass Rug 5x8
Lamps Plus Maxine 18" Outdoor Pillows
Lamps Plus Galvanized Steel Round Tub
Lamps Plus Kichler Energy Star 12" Outdoor Wall Sconces
Lamps Plus Rustic Iron Candle Latern

A huge thank you to Lamps Plus for providing me with all their fabulous outdoor decor items!

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