Teak Porthole End Table

This reader-submitted project incorporates details from other sources to put a unique spin on a standard piece of furniture.

My name is Adam Rung from Adam Rung Woodworks. This is my Teak Porthole End Table. The name is pretty self-explanatory. I made the table out of Teak wood and a porthole that was recovered from a ship in Nova Scotia. I generally work with regionally grown hardwoods and reclaimed materials, but I chose Teak for this project because it has traditionally been used in the ship-building community.

– Adam Rung; Philadelphia, PA

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Matt Becker
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Porthole Table

Mahogany Credenza

This reader-submitted project is proof once again that you don’t always need to know what wood you’re using for it to turn out beautifully.

Thought you might appreciate this credenza I made to hold books for my wife. It’s constructed from curly Mahogany with a heavily figured bird’s eye Maple top, accents and carved handles. The veneer on the door fronts is a mystery wood I acquired while dealing in wood veneers, that has an incredible curly, lustrous look with black veins.

– Kirby Gaal

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Matt Becker
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Mahogany Credenza

Brazilian Walnut TV Stand

Sometimes the most unlikely wood combinations turn out better than you’d imagine…

This TV Stand is made from 3/4″ Brazilian Walnut tongue and groove flooring. I made the raised door panels from solid Brazilian Walnut from a local wood specialty store. Top Trim molding and bottom skirt are American Walnut also purchased at local store. It measures 52” wide, 30” high and 18” deep.

It is only finished with rub on urethane. No stain.

The end insert panel is made of luan which surprisingly matched the walnut.

The piece is actually much darker than the pictures show.

I will have tiny slivers to show for years. J

– David Rafferty; Bloomfield Hills, MI

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Matt Becker
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Console Front

Console Top and Front

Console Top and SIde

Console Top

Alder Desk

Sometimes your best work for what you make for yourself…

This is a desk I built for our home. I build big custom furniture for clients and I wanted something great for my own house. We built our home a few years ago, and I had an office space that was perfect for a nice desk. The wood is alder, with walnut inserts on the doors. I design and carve all the artwork.

– Al Hone

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Matt Becker
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Alder Desk

Woodworking Around the House

Recently, in our Woodworker’s Journal eZine, WJ editor Rob Johnstone asked readers “which room of your home has received the most attention in your shop?” We received many, many missives from readers sharing with us the lists of projects they’d built for their homes (living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms — shops …) — and some of them, like those featured here, sent pictures.

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Cherry Credenza

There’s nothing like a big deadline to get a project done…

Here are some photos of a cherry credenza that I completed recently.

It’s been a while since I’ve had time to spend in the shop, so I really looked forward to working on this.

Fortunately, I was able to finish it in time for all the football games on Thanksgiving Day!

– Dave Tomlinson

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Matt Becker
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Cedar Birdhouse

While most of our feathered friends have flown south for the winter, now is a perfect time to make some birdhouses for when they return!

I have attached two photos of a bird house that I constructed for our garden.

The structure is built from recycled cedar fencing and the openings are covered with a strip of aluminum to prevent other animals from entering.

I used drop ceiling hardware to support the wire for the birds to sit on. The roof of the house is slate that I salvaged from a house many years ago, the front panels are screwed to the main carcass and can be removed for cleaning.

I supposed these structures are built for purple martins but I will accept any tenants.

– A.G. Harry Bergsma; Coldstream, Ontario, Canada

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Matt Becker
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Birdhouse 1

Birdhouse 2

Incredible Marble Track Project

Despite knowing two people in the wedding party from the JK Wedding Dance video, I’m usually not a follower of the latest viral video fad. That said, I saw this video (with over half a million views as of this writing) making the rounds on Twitter and Facebook and had to share it.

If you’re interested in building something like this yourself (or if you’re just curious how it was done), the building instructions are posted here. With the holiday season right around the corner (including Editor in Chief Rob Johnstone’s birthday December 11th), you may need them … especially if someone else in your family sees the video as well.

Matt Becker
Internet Production Coordinator

Roudebush Company 1901 Coaster Wagon

With the holidays getting closer, we’re starting to see quite a few “projects as gifts” submissions.

This was a rush job for a friend of mine. He bought the kit from Rockler and originally made the wagon from pine. Once completed, he hated it, a year passed and he hadn’t gotten around to finishing it for his granddaughter. As he was caught moving and just didn’t have time, I offered to finish it up for him. What a blast!

I had a great time just having fun with things like the licensee plate, the spokes and hub caps and the custom bumper to keep the handle from getting banged up.

He (they) we very pleased with the outcome.

– Doug Whitson; Phoenix, Arizona

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Matt Becker
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Wagon - Side

Wagon - Wheel

Wagon - Back

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