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 Richard Hash - I was getting tired of leaving my lathe tools just lying around wherever I happen to last set them down and decided it was time for a couple of storage racks, one for longer tools and one for shorter ones, with plenty of room to grow. I had a single 25-yr old "rat-pee oak" board left (named because it was stored in a barn and was given a certain patina and charm by local critters, see photo). I believe its post oak (quercus stellata).

Took me awhile to figure out the right angles and distances so the tools would lean back just enough to keep them secure, and the slanted bottom shelf is to hopefully lessen chips/dust.

Rick Spacek

My wife ask me to make her some plaques with butterflies.  The first two is cut from cedar and the last is cut from fir.  Painted with acrylic paints and sprayed w clear gloss.

Wilbert Allums

Two cutting boards from # 2 pine.

Bob Wink

Bob shows his latest folk art creations. Anyone missing a stringer?

Lon Kelley

These trivets and coasters were made from pieces left over from previous projects. They were just cluttering up my bench so converted to something useful.

Quentin Hoffman

My wife saw this design in a furniture catalogue we received and wanted it for our bedroom.

Cabinet is made of reclaimed pine from some old shelving/cabinet that were in my garage so it only cost me time, paint and hardware.


Gary Rowen

Gary Rowen crafted this patio table out of cedar from Home Depot.  Gary preferred to leave it in its octagonal shape rather than make the top a circle.  The table is stained with Behr Semi-Transparent Weather Proofing Redwood Stain and topped with spar urethane. The table is from a design by Steve Ramsey, Woodworking for Mere Mortals, (Steve’s YouTube channel).

  Mike Hardy

This is my new '200 Lex' Side Table. It is cherry finished with Osmo Polyx Oil (first time using that). The dimensions are 30.0" x 13" x 24.5". The idea for the base came from a table I saw on the 'gallery floor' of the New York City Design Center (which is at 200 Lexington in Manhattan) where many of the companies in the building display some pieces. It is also heavily influenced by a table by Thos. Moser. The Thos. Moser New York Showroom had just moved to the NYC Design Center, which is why I was there.

David Janowitz

Hi guys.  Here is a bench I made from parts of a piano that was demolished.  The worst part was stripping off the old finish. (varnish?)  I used Citristrip first.  After one hour, very little progress, so I reapplied, covered with plastic, and left on overnight.  By then, not only was it dried nearly hard, like old putty, but it still did not remove all the old finish.  Following instructions, I used an abrasive pad with more Citristrip, then cleaned with paint stripper After Wash, then cleaned that off with mineral spirits.  I still had to sand off the remaining patches of old finish!  Unfortunately, since everything was veneered, I was afraid to just sand off the old finish and go right through the veneer.  Anyway, after many hours, I used iron on edge veneer, a MInwax mahogany stain, and water based urethane.  

The construction is all mortise and tenon, except for screwed on buttons (with slots for wood movement,) to hold the seat securely.  I had left small gaps on the corners to allow movement, and these kept the seat from rattling, as well as holding it flat.  This is constructed like a table, with an apron attached to the legs.  I extended the legs and added the upper side rails with handles, which sandwiched the seat between the apron and these rails.  Making the legs 3/4" by 2" left plenty of room for the mortise and tenon joints from the side and front apron parts.  Even though everything is from 3/4" stock, the construction made it quite light weight, yet amazingly rigid and strong.  

I have more projects to make from piano parts, but I refuse to strip the finish again...awful!

Dave VanDewerker

I made a few Texas bowls, each about 15×15 inches and the depths vary based on the thickness of the wood.  One is Cherry and White Oak about 2" deep, one is Padauk and White Oak about 3" deep and the third is Maple and Mahogany and about 2-1/4 inches deep. These I finished with a couple coats of shellac sealer and 3 coats of water based poly.


David Janowitz

I made this box from the same piano demolition as the bench.  I also used solid mahogany for the sides, but the top and bottom are salvaged pieces.  This time I just did some sanding, and nothing on the inside of the lid, to preserve the original decal as a keepsake.  Box joints for the corners, mortised grooves for the bottom, and cut the piano hinge to add a rear hinge.  This makes a very unusual double hinged lid.  I stained the sides darker with a red mahogany Minwax stain, and finished with Minwax water based urethane.  The handles I cut out on the band saw, and attached with screws.  I believe they are real African ebony, as they are from a very old scrap of wood, which is so dense it sinks in water.  

David Janowitz

Three bowls: Water oak, 10" x 3 1/2", a very thin walled bowl of Osage Orange, 5" x 2", and an Osage Orange plate, of two pieces book matched to show off the red and brown spots, 7 3/4" x 1 1/4".  All finished with 100% tung oil.


1Wink Wood: Bob Wink lives near a commercial woodworking facility that gives away what they consider to be scrap pieces of commercial grade plywood and misc hard woods.  Bob rescues this wood before a Grinch comes and takes the scrap for firewood.  Many woodworkers in WWCH have made good use of these excess pieces by making jigs, toys, and incorporating them into their projects as you’ve seen in many Show n Tell projects. This source of wood is what has become known as “Wink” wood

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