Archive for September, 2019

Cutting Board

We recently had a wedding for a relative on my wife’s side of the family and keeping with tradition I attached the gift to a heavy block of wood. 😃

The cutting board is made from hard maple and purpleheart. I’ve made 2 previously but tried a new design this time. My neighbour was nice enough to let me use his drum sander for the first pass of sanding, which reduced my hand sanding greatly. He also just finished making some cutting boards, so he still had his router table set up to make the handles on the side as well. 😁 Treated with mineral oil to protect the wood.

Cup Holder

We use small Dixie cups in the washroom but I found small cups when browsing the mall one day. I decided to make an Oak cup holder that we could mount beside our mirror.

This project went very quickly. I started off wanting to use a 1/2″ piece of oak I had left over from a project a long time ago, but I wasn’t sure how I wanted to mount it. I had a small 1 1/2″ thick off cut from the entertainment unit that would work though, and it would allow me to use some extra floating shelf supports. I drilled in 4 3″ holes, and sanded using my oscillating spindle sander. That saved a lot of time drilling the round holes.

I rounded over the edges and put a small chamfer on the 3″ holes to let water drip down if they ever got wet.

I drilled the blind shelf support holes, sanded, and applied finish by hand. I love my sprayer to apply the finish, but didn’t want to take it out for such a small project. I kind of regret it though because it is so much better!

Overall, I am very happy with this quick and easy project!