Got a big job waiting on some glass. Got another big job waiting on some doors. Got a third and fourth big job waiting on lumber. One of the worst parts of ordering material is more times than not, there is absolutely zero way of knowing how long it'll take to get something in. I can order something and it'll take 1 week, and ordering the same thing again 6 moths later, it'll take 3 weeks.
Anyhow...while waiting on stuff needed for the bigger jobs, I try to knock out the smaller projects. I got an order from Etsy a while back for the U.S. wall hangings I make/sell occasionally, and those are usually pretty quick jobs so I threw one together. They don't amount to much of anything besides a chunk of plywood with some little strips of wood glued onto it, but I suppose they look pretty cool when they're all done. It's hard to photograph the thing and have it look like it really does; the camera kind of masks the various textures and patina of the different door scraps I use. Or maybe that's a result of my zero photography chops.
Regardless...it's done, and off to Florida she'll go. I filmed the build. If you want to kill 5 minutes, or if you want to watch a bunch of saws in action, or if you just want to see my super artsy slow-motion shots...check it out.
I had to take a few days off from the reclaimed wood laundry room island build to deal with some other business...but given that the thing isn't going to build itself, I got after it again this weekend. This thing is fairly asymmetrical, and whereas the one side I just finished up is about 2' deep and has 6 individual compartments, the side I'm working on now is only about 1' deep and has 4 individual compartments...that will become "bins", with operable glass-front doors. And because it would have been too big to move it to its final resting place had I built the whole thing as a single unit, it has to be built in two separate pieces (with the top and 2 faux side panels making up parts 3 through 5), with each one being able to support itself during construction yet appear as 1 whole thing when all assembled.
Throw in the fact that it's being built entirely with reclaimed wood, which comes with its own set of curveballs...and the challenges abound.
Anyhow...I've just about got the smaller side figured out, and after a few more cuts here and there I'll be ready to trim it out and start making the bins. I know I'm going to regret it, but I think I'm going to incorporate some dovetail action into the bins; I don't know if the reclaimed lumber I'm using will be solid enough, or thick enough, to handle the stress of the dovetail joint, but there's only one way to find out.
And once this piece is done...there's a couple mantel projects in the works, a pretty unique cutting board build and then some contracting stuff...a kitchen remodel, maybe a bathroom or two...should be a pretty busy fall for us.
Well, the reclaimed wood laundry room island isn't done, but a big fat chunk of it is (unofficially; I still have to throw down another coat or two of polyurethane). It's not done yet, but...a big chunk of it, the construction part anyhow...is.
I'll spare you the details of why it's taken so long to get this far, but the short version is...this bad boy is **stout**. And it has to be, for reasons that'll become evident a little farther down the road. What really complicated the build was the need to make the thing rock solid, yet also allow all the panels - reclaimed wood from a house built before the Civil War - some room to expand and contract. It's almost like an oxymoron...a piece of furniture that needs to be super sturdy, but literally almost every single component involved needs to not fit too snuggly.
But...via a little thought given to the expansion and contraction properties of wood...and a silly number of dados, rabbets, tongues/grooves...and a couple mortises and tenons thrown in for good measure...and whole lot of glue...I think I accomplished both goals. Time will tell; moving this thing and getting it delivered (up stairs, no less) will let me know just how sturdy she really is.