Episode #010 – Halloween Woodworking

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The Avid Woodworker – AW Episode # 10 – Halloween Woodworking

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In this episode, I talk about a simple project that you can work on over a weekend with your kids and have fun with it.  It is not a fancy woodworking project by any means.  Heck, some woodworking elite might not even call it a ‘woodworking’ project, but more of an arts and craft project made out of wood.  But, that is ok, it is just fun and if you have children or grandchildren, it is something that you can do together and then put it on display every Halloween.   I put this podcast together because I love working with wood, hence the title Avid Woodworker.  I don’t claim to be the Pro or Top Woodworker, I just claim to be an Enthusiastic Woodworker.   I don’t worry about what everybody else says.  When my neighbors see what I have done and want me to build one for them, that is all the affirmation I need.

The picture at the top is the 15 foot scarecrow I have in the front of my garage.  We will be building a slightly different, six foot version of this one.   

My Office Desk

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When I first decided that I wanted to make my own desk, I was thinking that I would make a traditional attorney desk with my own little flare. It was going to have drawers and fancy columns and I was going to use some Maple plywood to construct the basic frame of the desk.  But then I started to ask myself several questions.

1)  What do I want my desk to do?  I want it to make a statement.  I want it to set me apart from everyone else. Ok, then traditional attorney desks are out.  Hmmm.  What to do now?

2) Then I asked, do I really use my drawers?  I looked at what was in the drawers.  It was all junk.  Most of the junk I had not even touched in a couple years.  All my client files were in a central storage room.  The items I used on a daily basis were all in one drawer.  In addition, I have been moving to paperless for the past year anyways. Ok, then why did I need drawers?  I didn’t.  I had been using the drawers as basically a place to keep stuff that I did not want to deal with at that moment.

3)  So what do I really need this

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desk for?  I just need it to hold my computer keyboard, monitor, mouse, and laptop.  I need it to layout documents in preparation for trials and a need a place for clients to sign documents.  Wow!  I just need basically a table.  Something simple that forces me to deal with documents at that moment so that things do not pile up on my desk.  I want to present the image that I am organized and on top of my case load so that when clients walk into my office, I present the image of organization, which is often what they need when their life is in chaos due to their divorce.

Well, I could go by a table.  They are cheaper than desks.  But then I am back to looking like everyone else.  Anybody can walk into a store and buy a table.

4)  How can I make a table that makes a difference?  I was walking around my local wood source, Peach State Lumber, when I saw these beautiful wooden slabs.  Then it hit me.  Let the beauty of a solid slab of wood make a statement.  You can’t find these in any store.  Of course, that started me down a whole new journey of how to work with slabs of wood, but that will be the subject of another post.

At the time of this post, the photos were all taken with my iPhone, so the quality is ok.  They slabs were originally 3 inches thick, but after dealing with some twisting and cupping, they wound up being 2 inches thick.  They are Ambrosia Maple with a heck of a lot of curl in them.  I finished it with Waterlox.  More to come in later posts.