Monthly Archives: September 2012

Spreading the Wealth

I may be young and have a lot to learn in the realm of woodworking, but that doesn’t mean I don’t already have much to share. Recently, Houzz.com asked me to contribute to their site in the form of DIYs and tool profiles for developing woodworkers. I’m elated by the opportunity to further combine my degree in journalism and my real world development as a carpenter.

Direct your mouse here to check out my first installment.

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Dirtbag Deluxe #3 – Trunk Junkie

A while back I was asked about the possibility of outfitting a Toyota Corolla. Yes, the small Toyota sedan that gets much better gas mileage than it’s more popular dirtbag counterpart, the Tacoma. A solid opportunity.  Every vehicle has the potential to be an #adventuremobile, it just has to be given the opportunity. Turning my back on no deserving vehicle, I responded to ski/climb guide, Sheldon Kerr, that I’d doodle on some graph paper for a while. 

 

 

Have you seen those awesome dining tables that expand by pulling the spare leaf out from underneath the tabletop? They’re awesome, right? Now imagine one of those dining tables in your trunk, only you sleep on it. That’s the design basis for the Trunk Junkie. 

Sheldon wasn’t worried about irreversible damage being done when removing the back seat. I’m proud to say, however, that the seat could be replaced, should you want to do a dumb thing like that. She asked if I’d install a flat platform to make stowing rubbermaid bins easier. Since space isn’t exactly prolific in a Corolla, I couldn’t bare leaving eating up the concaved spaced below the platform, so I threw a piano hinge on it so Sheldon can stash some maps and socks in there. 

The final design aspect was a lockbox in the back. Installation was a bit tricky, but turned out to be pretty bomber once it was in. Grampa asked if that’s where she’ll be stowing her marijuana, but I’m pretty sure it’s for a computer, ect. 

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Walnut Wrap Table

My buddy, John, approached me about building a table to house his record player and vinyl collection. I agreed on the terms that he teach me to shape a surfboard (more on that to come.) John pretty much relinquished control over the design to me on the basic grounds of “make it look cool.”

The recycle bin filled pretty high with graph paper before I sketched up the concept for something totally out of the ordinary. I settled on incorporating live-edge early on, I just didn’t know how exactly. Then it clicked.

Working with live-edge presents it’s own difficulties with clamping, squaring, etc. Toss in some mitres and the mix gets that much more fun. Getting the edge to match through the tables entirety was no easy feat and I spent many a minute sitting on my stool and scratching my noggin to avoid any miscuts on the saw. After all, one wrong cut and the whole piece is thrown off.

Here’s what the table were to look like if you stretched it back out:

The clamping process was no joke either.

Doesn’t exactly look sturdy from the looks of it, no? I wouldn’t let myself fall asleep one night until I developed a way to make the table structurally sound without taking away from the freestanding look of the piece. I stared at the ceiling thinking about how miserable work was going to be the next day having not gone to sleep when it hit me. Why not throw some more mitres into the mix?

This simple design can withstand all 175 lbs. of my non-steroidal muscle.

I’m so stoked on this design that I intend to make it my first production piece of furniture. Contact me if you’re interested!

 

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