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Artisans by AdvantageLumber.com

Her_drawerI recently had the pleasure of workin’ with the Advantage Lumber video crew for their brand new ‘Artisans by AdvantageLumber.com’ YouTube series. *Subscribe to their channel* They documented me designing & making a table from start to finish using gorgeous lumber from their Sarasota, FL location. The top, aprons, and drawer faces of said console table are made from Tigerwood (Goncalo Alves) & the legs are made from Brazilian Cherry (Jatoba). These exotic hardwoods were somewhat difficult to work with in terms of density, but the results are worth it! I finished the Tigerwood with Tung oil & the Jatoba got a wet sanding with Danish Oil, resulting in a silky smooth feel. Here’s an after shot of the piece I created for the video…

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Here it is!! The final cut of the ‘Artisans by AdvantageLumber.com‘ video!

Keep an eye out for future films featuring other Advantage Lumber Artisans! :D

 

Padauk & Ambrosia Maple Coffee Table

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Just got finished with this Padauk & Ambrosia Maple coffee table and I actually remembered to take work pics this time! I made this for my own family’s living room since we’ll be getting reclining couches soon & won’t have room for our former rectangular table… plus, well, I’ll take any excuse to build a piece of furniture for my home! ;) I am currently obsessed with ambrosia & spalting in any species of wood, so right when I saw this maple at AdvantageLumber.com I knew it would be our coffee table’s top! It was a fairly easy build… tapering legs with one of my tapered leg jigs, chiseling mortise and tenon joints, sawing grooves in apron, joining maple with glue & biscuits, adding padauk inlay with CA glue to the top, sand, shellac & semi-gloss spar urethane on Padauk, satin lacquer on the Ambrosia Maple top, and then glue up & screw on top with fasteners.

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What’s your favorite thing to make for your home?!

Finding My Zen In A Driftwood Table

When I’m working on a project that has no end in sight (like the live edge walnut & maple bench that I’m currently tackling), it’s nice to do a quick build that brings me a moment of zen! I found that this week in my driftwood & hairpin leg console table! It’s so beautifully simple & makes a huge impact on our patio! Too bad every time I pass it, I want to go to the beach instead of work on my bench, lol!! ;)

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Hope you find your moment of zen today!

My First Fine Furniture Table

I’ve always enjoyed designing furniture… I LOVE the whole design process, from gathering inspiration to bringing a concept to fruition! Before this week though, I had only been able to doodle my designs since I didn’t have the know-how to build my wooden creations. Thanks to my time at Franklin Street School of Woodworking in Tampa and the expert tutelage of Kate Swann, the world of Fine Furniture Building has been opened up to me. I designed, selected lumber, jointed, planed, ripped, chopped, and formed said lumber into the table that would start my Fine Furniture building career! My time at Franklin Street went by in a flash since I was enjoying myself soooooooo much! Do I love Furniture Refinishing? Of course, I do! But, it seems like a natural progression for me to finally build all the designs that have only lived on paper up until now. So, without further ado, here is the first table that I not only designed, but was able to BUILD out of walnut & quartersawn sycamore!!!! Hope you like it! :D

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For this table concept, that will start a series of work for me, I tried to show emotion (in this case, impatience) and movement with leg placement. Keep an eye on my Etsy shop for future furniture designs up for sale! What emotion would YOU like me to convey in furniture form?!

Straight, Square, Flat, and True

As a dive into the amazing world of Fine Woodworking under the expert tutelage of Kate Swann & Franklin Street Fine Woodwork, I find myself so eager to fulfill my dreams of becoming a Furniture Designer/Fine Furniture Maker, that I’m pushing myself to be perfect right out the gate… I have to be continually reminded that it’s not a race, it’s not a contest, then I allow myself to slow down and enjoy the process… at that moment that I can see that the turning of a raw piece of lumber into a square slab of wooden perfection is incredibly rewarding. I have always been a wood lover & now through this amazing process of taking lumber through the jointer, planer, chop saw, and table saw, it seems that wood now loves me back! The grain patterns that emerge through this process conceptually mesh with the furniture design in my head, planets align, and my soul is lit on fire… time stands still and speeds up at the same time as I realize that I could (someday, with a ton of practice), actually be good at this thing that I’ve wanted to do all my life! Now if I could just turn this passion into a career, that would be bliss! :)))

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“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius

Live Edge Walnut Slab Console Table

live_edge_3_sombSo, I’ve always wanted an entryway console table, a place to throw keys, change, sunglasses, etc. when I get home… but, it’s a little hard when you don’t have a formal foyer, lol! Despite that, I tried to create an official entryway in our home using this console table I built, shoe basket, a rug, and mirror! :D

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This was a fairly easy build… I didn’t have to chop the tree down and plane the slab, hehe! For the top, I simply found a live edge piece of walnut online, finished it with two coats of high gloss spar urethane, glued a piece of plywood under it to ensure that none of the live edge bark falls off since I don’t know what season it was cut down in + I made a cleat for the install by cutting a rectangle out of this plywood. Then for the rest of this piece, I simply built, veneered, and stained a drawer box out of 3/4″ birch plywood for my little guys’ sunglasses & attached the box with screws onto the underside of the slab. I probably would have left it floating if I didn’t have little monkeys in the house. ;) To finish it off, I added a single hairpin leg to give it a cantilevered look & a modern feel!

What feeling does your home’s entryway convey?

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Armoire Upcycled into Modern Campaign Chest of Drawers

c_chest2I’m continuing to create furniture from the bulky Armoire seen in this post! It’s been a blast to come up with new designs and upcycle this piece into modern furniture! I already built this Campaign Lingerie Chest out of it, so I wanted to create a complimentary Campaign Chest of Drawers. It was an extremely easy build, making it like you would any simple base cabinet. With 3/4″ plywood, wood glue, and screws, I slapped this bad boy together & used birch veneer iron-on edging to give it a finished look! I also had to sand, re-stain, and rub-on poly the drawer fronts and brasso the hardware. The outside of the chest was painted with Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint in ‘Artissimo’ followed by hemp oil & I used the same mint green on the inside of the open shelf as I did on the lingerie chest. I painted the base and campaign T’s brass to finish this chest off. I have yet to decide whether or not I’m going to use the last of my vintage campaign T’s on the corners of this piece or use them on a coordinating bench or nighstand, so for now this chest is finished. Check out my work in picture form! —>

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I’m currently brainstorming what I can make with the doors that remain from the original armoire and hoping I find another one to upcycle soon!!! Have you dismantled any furniture lately?!

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Hope you and your family have a fun and safe Fourth of July!!! :D

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Armoire Upcycled into Modern Campaign Lingerie Chest

campaign_drawers_sombWell, it has been a long couple weeks for me! My boys have been on Spring break, so I did a lot more playing than working, hehe, but I did manage to get this upcycle finished! It all started when a friend gave me a HUGE armoire by Lane Furniture… it reminded me of a feminine version of campaign pieces + I loved it’s hardware and all it’s storage, but I thought it could be amazing split into a couple pieces of furniture. I then went on to dismantle the armoire while building a lingerie chest out of 3/4″ plywood. It was an extremely simple build that was made daunting by only using scraps I had in my wood shop. Normally the sides would just be two pieces, but since this is all scraps, it ended up being made out of many. The upside is that it was free, the downside being that it took way longer than it should of! Check out my work—>

campaign_work_somb.jpg.jpgI simply built the drawer boxes out of 3/4″ plywood interlocking the boxes with fluted dowel pins and screws, making sure to install the tracks before enclosing each box and adding 1/4″ backing. I then sanded, slapped on two coats of Behr ‘Winter Fresh’, waxed twice, and bada bing, bada boom, there she is! Ok, maybe it wasn’t quite that simple. I also had to hunt down some campaign T hardware, grind 4 of them into L shapes (for the corners), and paint said hardware with brass gilding! I also had to plane and refinish the drawer fronts since they had a black speckle finish on them. They got a sanding of 80 grit, 120 grit, then 220 grit, some espresso stain, and finally, rub-on poly to make them beautiful again! I think she turned out great and I can’t wait to make a matching dresser out of the two remaining larger drawers!

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Do you have an upcycle on your to-do list?

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Forsythia Wreath for my Barn Door

Ahh, Spring is here! The smell of flowers and fresh-cut grass is in the air, so I decided to get myself a fake forsythia wreath to dress up my barn door, hehe! It might not give me a green thumb, but it does get me in the spirit to garden!! That’s half the battle in turning your black thumb green, right? Happy Spring to y’all!

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Have you done any Spring decorating in your home? :D

Campaign Lingerie Chest Concept Sketch

I have to laugh about my incessant need to always take the hard way while tackling perfectionism along the way, lol! I was recently given a ginormous armoire with brass hardware that reminds me of campaign pieces, but instead of taking the easy way and slappin’ a coat of paint on it, I’m thinkin’ an upcycle into a more modern & functional piece is in order. The veneer on this piece is pretty beat up, the door handles are broken, and it has a speckle finish that needs to be stripped off. I’m also toying with the idea of planing the drawer fronts on the left to square them up since they are a bit wonky & then build a tall Lingerie Dresser to house them. Sounds easy enough, right?! Here’s my mint green and brass concept sketch for this piece to give me motivation to build…

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Have you upcycled any pieces recently?

Update!! Check out the ‘after’ post—>http://sawdustonmyboot.com/2014/04/04/armoire-upcycled-modern-campaign-lingerie-chest/ ;D
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