Making A Parquet Coffee Table Using Salvaged Oak (part 1 of 2)

I wanted to find a use for lots of short pieces of oak.  These were the feet of some salvaged oak hat and coat stands that I reclaimed from a local office clearance.  

I cut the tapered angle off these pieces on the bandsaw, and then cut the remaining pieces in half which gave me lots of material to use in a parquet design for the table top.  

I planed them all to a consistent size on the thickness planer.  

Then I glued them to a scrap piece of chipboard using woodglue.  

Making Some Hardwood Drinks Coasters

I had lots of offcuts of sapele, oak and teak from the recent dining table build.  They were cluttering up the workshop so I wanted to put them to good use.  

I used the thickness planer to get all of the pieces to a consistent size and to ensure they were all flat.  Then I glued and clamped the pieces together with wood glue.  

When the glue had set, I used a handplane to flatten the laminated workpiece.  

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Making A Vinyl Display Unit

In this video I make a vinyl / record display unit in a mid century modern / vintage style for a friend.  

The unit is made of 3/4 inch plywood that I bought at my local reclamation yard specifically for this build.  The whole unit can be made with only one half of a full standard sheet of plywood.  

I cut some dado housing joints to accommodate the bottom shelf to give it plenty of strength.  

It was assembled with wood glue and brad nails, and finished with Rustic Pine Briwax.  

The hairpin legs were purchased on eBay and they were simply screwed on.  

Hexagon Cat House - pallet wood project

I had lots of small offcuts of pallet wood left over from the pallet wood shed build that I wanted to find a use for;  

I came up with a design for a cat house / bed that was hexagon shaped.  I cut all the pieces to make the walls of the house to length, cutting a 30 degree angle on each end to form the hexagon shape.  

I used a block plane to put a bevel on each piece, as I thought this would make it look nicer.  Then I glued up the hexagon pieces in individual layers, using upright pieces to support the structure and brad nails to hold everything together.  

Restoring A Chest Of Drawers - Junk Find Makeover

I find an old chest of drawers made from sapele/sapele veneered particleboard in an alleyway close to my home.  I went to pick it up in my car, and it was in pretty bad shape.  The carcass was broken, it had water stains (from both rain and people not using drinks coasters!!), and it had some other defects.  

I started by disassembling it, and it was an unusual construction - built in two parts...  

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