This recently completed custom shaker-style table was constructed using wooden studs removed from a house in downtown Charleston. The house was built in the late nineteenth century, and the studs were hefty, at approximately 3" x 4". I milled the wood down into the pieces that I needed to complete the project. Milling the rough pine revealed exquisite grain, which became the star of the show. I did use power tools for rough milling, however, all surface finishing was done using hand planes and a card scraper. (Yep, no sandpaper!) It is the first time that I have been able to avoid sanding on a project of this scale, and it is something I hope to repeat frequently. The table is finished with Danish oil. All nail holes were filled with a tinted epoxy.
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When I first got my lathe, I wanted to practice on small scrap wood that wasn't too precious to me. I dug into my scrap pile, and got to turning! My small scraps lent themselves well to creating icicle ornaments. After turning just a couple of them, I was completely hooked. Each ornament is one of a kind and exquisite. Every detail matters, and I think that these pieces have helped me refine my turning skills more than any other projects I have tackled. The hardest part? Letting them go to new homes!
Wood types pictured at the top of the page: antique reclaimed mineral stained poplar, cypress, antique reclaimed pine, walnut, and dogwood.