§ by Gordon Gaippe on January 21st, 2009
Regular Woodsmith readers will recognize the Classic Cherry Bed in the photo. It complements several bedroom furniture projects that have been published by Woodsmith. But wait, something is not quite right. Can you guess?
The bed was built by WoodNet Forums member Borderline. He says, “This bed is a combination of many plans I have seen. Many of the features are from the Woodsmith plans (classic cherry bed), however, I did not curve the upper rails and all of the slats are real M&T joints. The side rails are 1.5″ thick and attached with KD fasteners (the mortise type, not surface mount). The rails on the headboard/footboard, the side rails and the legs are all laminated from 4/4 stock and “veneered” with 1/16th shop sawn ‘Veneer’, the rails are also capped with a decorative piece that hides the lamination.”
§ by Gordon Gaippe on January 19th, 2009
Workbench Magazine has been doing some interesting things with plywood, paint and stain–creating beautiful furniture that’s well-made, fun to build, and surprisingly in expensive. The current issue, Number 311, is no exception with a couple terrific cabinets for living rooms, family rooms, or where ever you display your favorite books and curios or watch wide-screen TV. But they also focus on storage, and I especially liked the roll-around garage storage cart in this issue. It’s a clever, multi-sided cart that has loads of storage space in a compact footprint. They call it a garage storage cart, but I can see this in use anywhere you need lots of storage, but don’t have much space.
Not much to building it either. If you got some basic cutting tools and a hand drill, this is a weekend project. You’ll find more photos
and a terrific subscription offer on the website.
§ by Gordon Gaippe on November 21st, 2008
WoodNet.net Forums member QSAWN says he’s “finally finished” building three cribs for his three new sons.
Well, it took me about a month to complete 90% before the boys were born and 8 months to complete the last 10% after they were born.
Well deserved congratulations on both counts and more comments in the Woodworking Forum. BTW: Plans for the crib (originally published by Workbench Magazine) are available in print or as a download at PlansNOW.com.
§ by Gordon Gaippe on November 11th, 2008
Over at WoodNet.net, member ephmynus is showing photos of his new gazebo.
For this project, I did actually use a plan I found from PlansNOW. I’ve never built anything other than furniture so I had no idea where to begin without a plan. So, this is the first time I’ve ever used a plan, the first time I ever built anything like this, the first time I’ve ever laid a deck, the first time I’ve ever done any roofing. Lots of firsts so I’m pretty glad how everything turned out.
Sure doesn’t look like a first-time effort! More photos and comments at WoodNet Forums. Plans are available at PlansNOW.com.
§ by Gordon Gaippe on November 6th, 2008
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