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Woodworking is a very rewarding activity that can produce furniture, cabinets and other items that can be made a part of your home with pride. The results of my woodworking activity are shown in the photos below.
When creating with wood I strive to avoid any nail holes or other imperfections that would mar the appearance of the final product. Major joints, such as table legs, are made with tenon and mortise joinery. Joints with less exposure to stress use biscuit joinery.
The key to a fine piece of woodwork is the finish. I do some initial sanding before the piece is assembled then a final sanding after it is assembled. Much of this is done with a random orbit sander. When two pieces of wood do not match perfectly (one protrudes above the other) I use a cabinet scraper to create a flat even surface prior to sanding. If a smooth, pore free surface is required, a filler is applied and sanded smooth.
After sanding is complete the surface receives two or three applications of stain to achieve the desired colour. Stain is applied with a cloth covered pad or cheese cloth. Multiple coats of polyurethane are a applied to seal and protect the wood surface. Once the polyurethane is dry I go over the surface lightly with a scraper then by hand with 220 grit or finer sandpaper, steel wool and if a very fine, smooth finish is required, pumice and rottenstone. The surface then receives a coat of paste wax and is puffed.
China cabinets Fireplace Coffee table
I completely remodeled our kitchen making maximum use of all available space and including features to make it as functional as possible.
We started by installing a pocket door between the dining Room and kitchen. This allows the kitchen to be closed off while we are dining. The wiring and plumbing that had to be moved to accommodate the pocket door resulted in the decision to replace all of the wiring in the kitchen to eliminate the existing aluminum wire.
A convection/microwave with a range vent was installed over the stove. This was vented outside.
New cabinets were built to replace the existing ones. Some of the features included in the cabinets are:
Pocket door Main counter Stove Pantry
The original front entrance of our house was small and poorly lit. To fix this we moved the front door out to incorporate the external front porch that existed and removed the wall that formally contained the front door. As well, we opened up the stair well and installed an oak banister.
Original New front Hallway Entrance interior Staircase