We're peeling off one job - the client is in the process of buying a house/selling a house/moving and things are just a little too chaotic to keep working on the house that's going to be sold - but we're not quite ready yet to start the next big project, so I've spent the past few days in the shop trying to knock out a bunch of projects that have been on the "to do" list for tooooooooo long.
Namely, this TV stand, being constructed with barn wood and wood from an old door.
She's not done yet, but I'm off to a pretty good start. I wanted incorporate some translucent, bumpy glass from an old window in the TV stand doors, but I only had 2 pieces and I pretty much ruined the first piece when I tried to cut it. So...the doors will get regular glass, but I think it'll still look good.
Doors...a back...paint...poly...she's getting close.
At one point today I was gluing a few old door pieces together and at a standstill with the TV stand, so I switched gears - after changing the planer knives, which made a world of difference (a sharp tool is a happy tool) - and dug into some serving boards and cutting boards that were recently ordered.
Given the overstock of lumber I have in the shop, I made up a few serving board blanks a while back and have been sitting on them for the proverbial rainy day. Those generally look about like this...
...and then to finish them I drill holes in them for hanging, and/or cut them into funky shapes (rectangles get old), and then sand and oil them. The ones pictured above are made of walnut, cherry and birdseye maple.
Cutting boards take exponentially longer to build, especially if the design is complicated or intricate. The cutting board I recently received an order for is 100% my call, so I'm making a pretty wild board. It won't be huge - maybe 14" x 10" when it's all said and done, but it'll go through several rounds of cutting and gluing back together. By changing the angle of the cuts, moving things around, etc., it's pretty easy to come up with something a little more exciting than a bunch of equally-sized little squares or rectangles. Using a variety of lumber ideally suited for end-grain cutting boards - maple, cherry, and 2 different types of walnut in this case - helps liven up the board a little.
It's a gluey mess right now, but I think 1 more round of cutting it up and putting it back together (and then a silly amount of sanding) will do the trick...