A Coffee Table and Side Tables

A Coffee Table and Side Tables

by Bill Howard

From a local customer Bill Howard.  This is a fabulous critique on the background tech side of an at-home project…..in his words.

The primary wood is American Cherry. The secondary wood is Yellow Poplar.

The style is Shaker.  The case joinery is all mortise and tenon; frame and panel.  The design is my own.  My wife, Jennifer, wanted me to make these for our family room.

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Volume 56: Customer Projects

Thanks to this month’s contributors for submitting photos and details of there projects.

Yellow Cedar Chest

by David L Johnson

His photo also came with this lovely testimonial, thanks David!

Many months ago, you folks helped me in my search for some top-of-the-line yellow cedar for a carving project.  You found a log on North Vancouver Island. It was milled shipped to you, and you alerted me to its arrival. I came, selected some pristine timber and went away poorer but happy! The project was a wedding present for my son and now daughter-in-law. You asked if you could have a photo of the results, which delighted all concerned. Many thanks again to all of you for your fine service and knowledge.


Guitar & Douglas-fir Bar

Patrick Poulin made the beautiful guitar, it was a hobby project and will be his first and last guitar. Come on Patrick! We know talent when we see it!

Kevin Morrin made the bar top and had this to say about his West Wind experience:

I found a great slab of fir in your loft this fall, and you help plane and cut the mitres. It all came together really well and I’m really happy with how the bar top ended up looking. Thanks for the extra time spend addressing some issues with the measurements. On the hunt for another project now!

Great Kevin, you know where to find us!

guitar by patrick poulin douglas-fir bar

We shared Eric Letham‘s completed project last issue, this month we get a peak at his latest work-in-progress.

eric letham

Our customer Matt Dolmage was busy over the holidays with creating more beautiful guitars and speakers.

Beautifully crafted chair by Steve Kristoffy. This chair can be available on special order. Contact Steve if your interested in having one of these made for yourself!

chair by steve (2)

Yellow Cedar Fishing Lures

by Wayne S. Boardman

Wayne makes these lures from 2×2 Alaskan Yellow Cedar. He was kind enough to share is technique and a few photos of the “rewards” received in the Cape Cod Canal.

I take 2X2 Alaska Yellow Cedar and turn it on a lathe down to a 6 inch Cape Cod Pencil. Through a drilled hole I insert a stainless welding wire, picking up a swivel half way through and a tail weight. Then comes a Spar varnish and BIN primer, after that comes airbrushing a pattern before epoxy and hooks.

Quite and art form! And they work too… just look at the spoils from a trip to the Cape Cod Canal in 2012, they caught 100lbs of fish but only kept 50lbs.


Jan’s Day Off: Raven Hood Deck Re-Dressed

We built in 1988 and moved into a home that was, at its best, considered 60% finished…at least in Shelley’s view.  Two out of three bedrooms were finished.  Kitchen had no upper cabinets; lower cabinets were just carcases with no shelving or doors.  Two out of three bathrooms were unfinished and for doors we hung old curtains.  Of course baseboards were nowhere on the horizon, but what we did have was a wonderful brand new 400 Sq.Ft. clear Yellow Cedar deck; specially built for my sister’s wedding in August 1989.  We were the hosts for this gala event!

***Note for any legally concerned readers.  We were authorized tenants with a proper occupancy permit well in place!

The Wedding Deck 1980's
The Wedding ~ The Deck ~ The 80’s
A little difficult to see because it’s so clearly yellow!
A little difficult to see because it’s so clearly yellow!

For twenty-six years it stood the demands of a typical family and multiple pets.  It was however plagued with problems due to corrosion of the fasteners causing rot.  The wood plugs let go, water seeped under and voila….water in a place that was not meant to be.

Finally in 2009, after investigating various repair ideas; even contemplating the replacement of the entire deck with ipe, I decided to deal with the original cedar.  Although the yellow cedar had a weathered patina, it was only 1/16” deep and the interior wood was pristine.

I decided to cut out all the ‘bad’ parts including the wood blocks underneath, and 250 pieces later, the deck was better than new!  This time I used stainless steel screws where needed and larger wood plugs inserted with our ecopoxy glue.  Good old-fashioned galvanized deck nails were used for the new wood blocks needed underneath where there were no supporting joists.

I opted to give a fresh coating of Ipe Oil and five-years later you can see “the good, the bad and the ugly” has weathered to a consistent beautiful grey.  No further refreshments needed!

The 2009 Fix:

All Grey Again in 2014

  aged yellow cedar deck  Aged yellow cedar deck