I decided a few years ago that talking about wood working was not good enough and signed up for a few classes. I learned the basics from Jay Van Arsdale and Michael Bray. The introduction to wood working has been very empowering and has inspired me to take on some projects that allowed me to put my skills into practice. Wood working is great in that it follows some very universal design principles. The process begins with an idea and many conceptual sketches. A sample joint or two is cut to figure out the construction and revisions are made accordingly. After the design is finalized the layout of each piece is marked on the wood. Each piece is cut as close to the layout as possible then refined to fit precisely. Below is a semi-random collection of odd self initiated woodcraft projects.

Ping Pong Table

I'm a huge fan of Ping Pong and decided to build a table. A friend of mine donated a table top to me and I built the table base with minimal fasteners. The corners are joined with a blind mortise and tenon with haunch and the rest is joined with through mortise and tenon joints with wedges. I finished it with a few coats of a beautifully rich bombay mahogany stain and polyurethane mix. The rich red color is a nice complement to the green table top surface.

Water Heater Closet with Counter

Motivated by eliminating the eyesore that was a water heater placed openly in my kitchen, in my new Oakland apartment, I decided to develop a plan to give him a home. The closet is constructed of 1"x2" furring strip, 1/4" plywood, a salvaged louvered door, hardware and some paint to match the kitchen trim. The counter tops are inspired by old machine factory floors. The end grain patterns are beautiful and the properties of the wood in this orientation make the coutertop very durable.

Microwave Stand

This is my first attempt at building furniture. After moving to Oakland I was looking for a simple stand to hold my microwave to free up some counter space. To my dismay I couldn't find one with the right dimensions so I decided to build one bespoke microwave stand for myself. I constructed it with some pine common board (very cheap stuff) and made a commitment to not use any fasteners. The microwave stand is completely held together by the properties of the wood alone (although I'm sure the latex paint is helping a bit). I used primarily through mortise and tenon joints with wedges.

Ball and Paw Cat Litter Box Stand

I love my sister's cat and had the idea to class up his litter box. The paw and ball feet are scuplted from porcelain by Mel Danico. I bonded a bolt to each ceramic foot with some epoxy resin then secured them to a simple wooden frame that supports the cat litter box using tee nuts. A very silly project but only the best for my feline buddy.