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
Internet Production Coordinator

Alder Desk

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 He bought the kit from Rockler and originally made the wagon from pine.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

Wagon - Side - 2

Cedar Chest & Clock

The veneered lid on this reader-submitted project takes a classic design to the next level.

A few pictures of a cedar chest I make for my wife. I used oak for the body, olive wood veneer on the top, and unfinished cedar for a liner. Overall it turned out well, I had been promising this to my wife for the last four years and finally got around to putting it together. I have also included a picture of a clock case I made for a chronometer I purchased a few years ago at an antique show.

Kenneth Ragsdale

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Matt Becker
Internet Production Coordinator

Cedar Chest 1

Cedar Chest 2

Cedar Chest 3

Clock

A Miter Saw Station for Many

Sometimes being Woodworker’s Journal’s “Field” Editor, I feel like I’m way, way out in some field. What I mean here is, I’m one step removed from the day-to-day feedback we receive in our home office from readers about what we publish. A lot of mail comes in, but generally I don’t get to see it. I work from home, which is several states away.

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Reader-Submitted Custom Frame

While this reader project submission came in before our recent “Five Good Reasons to Get Framed” blog post, it’s a great example of what Chris had in mind:

This is a frame I built for my brother-in-law after he moved out of state.  It was meant to help him remember his time here in the great state of Oregon.

I was very impressed by the figure of this oak. It has a simple style, with no mitering necessary… and by the way, the corner inset details are faux, not functional, just for the added interest to the piece they provided.

- Curt Hadley; Medford, OR

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Matt Becker
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Picture Frame

Cocobolo Box

These images showed up and I couldn’t wait to share them!

I have a lot of enjoyment building boxes and especially like the fact that they can be built using a minimal amount of wood. This is a Cocobolo box I recently completed. It was shaped with my grinder and a whole lot of hand sanding.
- Greg Little; Prairieville, LA

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Matt Becker
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Cocobolo Box

Cocobolo Box 2