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Woodworkers’ Club of Houston

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我是休斯顿木工俱乐部的一员,.俱乐部作为休斯顿地区最大的木工俱乐部,大概有300-400个成员,在每个月的第二个星期六都聚会和交流。成员相互介绍木工经验,交流木工信息,展示自己的木工作品,非常有意思。俱乐部还常常邀请木工界的专家举行讲座。比如下周要邀请 Matt Cremona。

这个组织有几十年的历史了。有正式的组织结构, 包括management team, 董事会。每年都有选举来决定董事会成员和management team. 这个俱乐部是一个美国注册的非营利组织。俱乐部下面又分为很多小的兴趣小组, 包括手动工具兴趣小组,家具制作兴趣小组, 数控加工兴趣小组,伐木/干木兴趣小组等等; 这些小组每个月也有聚会。

我是俱乐部比较年轻的成员。大多数俱乐部成员都已白发苍苍,这让我感觉不错:)

Fine WoodWorking

Fengjie’s Benches

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Fengjie’s Benches

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Fengjie saw the bench I made next to the countertop in our house, and asks me to build two for her. Knowing Fengjie for many years I understand her needs; she frequently has parties and friends coming to visit; the sitting space becomes an issue.

The first bench I made for her is exactly the same design as the one used for the countertop in our house, so she can make better use of her countertop.

 

The second bench is actually made for matching her formal dinner table. This bench has dimensions of 17.5″ height, 58″ length, and 15″ width. It is made of oak. The top coat is wipe-on polyurethane. Because the span between the legs is fairly long, I had two stretchers between the legs; to make sure the bench has enough strength, on top of the mortise/tenon joints, I put dowels through the MT joint to enhance the joinery.

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Counter Top Bench

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My SWMBO (She Who Must Be Obeyed) asks me to build a bench for our island kitchen countertop. The countertop has a side (toward the breakfast area) that is never really been used. My wife suggests a long bench that can be placed next to it, so we can better use the space.

I started out by designing the bench in a 3D design software; made sure my SWMBO likes it; purchased black walnut lumbers (more than $7/board-ft, ouch!) from a local lumber store. Here it goes:

The below picture shows the kids having a breakfast; they prefer to use the bench more than the formal breakfast table now; maybe it is just sooner to eat when the mommy gets the meals ready:)

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Kid’s study desk

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My buddy Oscar asked me to make a small study desk for his two young daughters; one is 6 years and the other is 4 years old. Commercial study desks, primarily designed for an adult’s height, are too tall for the kids. On the other hand, those desks for young kids, sold by Amazon or IKEA, are pretty much made by particle boards or ply wood, which obviously SUCKS.

What Oscar wants is a very simple design, but made by solid wood. He does not want additional features even like drawers or build-in electrical outlet. The desk must be big enough for the daughters to sit at the both sides.

So I used hard maple and oak. The table is 24 inch tall, which perfectly fits the height of their daughters at this age. The aprons on the table have curves that allows extra room for kids’ legs as they grow.

The table top is 3 ft long by 2ft wide; this is pretty wide as compared to the length, per Oscar’s request (two daughters can sits on the both sides at the same time). The tabletop uses a classic solid wood top construction, with end caps at the both ends. These end caps are designed for compensating the wood expansion (a.k.a. wood movement) across the width of the table top. The end cap is only glued at the middle, with pins towards the ends allowing the wood movement.