Bandit’s Dog Bowl Display – Daniel D. Brown, 2018

Our aging pup Bandit has collapsing esophagus (due to the weakening of the cartilage rings in his throat due to old age). This makes it more difficult for him to drink when tilting his head to the ground. So I built this stand with a couple of random pieces of walnut and cherry I had lying around (which I milled myself from neighborhood trees). These were also the first hand-cut dovetails I’ve ever attempted. They could be better, but I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

 

River Coffee Table – Daniel D. Brown, 2018

We finally have a new coffee table! Lombardy poplar (not to be confused with tulip poplar, which isn’t actually a poplar), walnut, epoxy (West System), and blue ocean pigment (Eye Candy). This was definitely a learning experience, with many mistakes and challenges along the way. But in the end, I’m more than happy with how it turned out – and it’s much prettier than our old particle board/veneered table. The top came from a tree cut down across the street from our house. It had been standing mostly dead for several years (like most of the Lombardy poplars in the US). I chainsawed and milled the log myself. This table took me almost exactly a month to build. See my instagram for several posts detailing this build.

     

 

 

 

Tiny River Table Test – Daniel D. Brown, 2018

I cut the edges, sanded, and oiled. This was just practice (will be used as a trivet). I’ve had this little branch set aside for just such a test for ages. @tam_a_ryn thanks wants an epoxy river coffee table for our living room. So hopefully I’ll be doing a real one in the not-too-distant future. I’ve worked with epoxy resin before in sculpting work. But never with wood or mica pigments. There’s a reason these have been so popular in woodworking for the past couple years. They’re fun to make, and pigmented resin almost always makes a beautiful accent to the wood.
They’re also stupid expensive to make.

 

Mail Organizer – Daniel D. Brown, 2018

The mail organizer requested by my wife is finished and in use! It now hangs next to our entrance above the butcher block island cart I built a year ago. Goodbye mail clutter! Made from walnut, cherry, and ash. Box joints cut on table saw jig. Contours and fretwork cut on a bench top bandsaw and scrollsaw. Designed in Illustrator. 

 

  

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New little project in progress I’m working on. My wife @tam_a_ryn requested this for our home. It’s a mail organizer to improve upon our current organization system that consists of a clusterfuck pile on our dining room table. I designed the structure in #sketchup and the designs to be cut out with the scrollsaw in #adobeillustrator. Ash back, cherry sides, and walnut fronts. These are my first successful box joints, which turned out to be much more of a pain in the ass than anticipated. My first attempt at this totally failed due to spacing drift over such a long distance connecting the back and side. You really have to have the finger, key, and spacing dialed in damn near perfectly. It’s not as big a deal for shorter runs. The first time I set it up, I just cut like 5 pins and my test pieces matched up well. Then I cut the side pieces with 17 pins and they had drifted 1/8 by the end and I had to scrap them. I was pretty frustrated they didn’t fit together. I then rebuilt my jig more carefully and precisely from scratch with 2 slides in the miter slots (instead of adapting my shitty miter gauge). I’m only mentioning all this for my followers that are more novice like me. Swipe to see the jig.

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Coasters – Daniel D. Brown, 2018

I made these coasters with the scrap leftover from my Bookcase Side Table build, which the coasters match. Made from cherry, mahogany, walnut, and ash.