I live in Washington state in Hoodsport, along the Olympic peninsula. Everyone around here seems to be nuts for live edge furniture and shelves. Everyone seems to have a portable mill and selling Silver Maple, and Cedar slabs. The problem is they are air dried and never seem to be stable enough to make something out of. I've seen many cracked,warped, twisted tables that were made from air dried stock. It's everywhere around here in restaurants, businesses and homes. I have found a source for kiln dried slabs, but the sticker shock would floor an elephant! I'm not sure what one would do to stabilize one of these slabs, so it doesn't crack or warp? I have seen kiln dried Cedar going for 20.00 a bf for slabs!
I've always made my own, but when I saw this thing I thought I'd give it a try. I like it because the new inserts are only about seven dollars. No, I'm not a salesman! Here's a snip it of what they look like....
Thinking of building a spice cabinet was going to try making my own box or dovetail joint for first time to joint the 4 sides of the cabinet. How does everyone cut their joints and should I invest in a decent hand saw to cut the joint? I’m more of a power tool user but I’m not aposed to hand tools.
I restored this Stanley 112 Scraper from what was called a "basket case" It was just hidden under surface rust and crud. I love these scrapers, as well tuned they are great at giving an alternative to sandpaper on figured wood. If anyone is interested in seeing the others, I'll post them too. I've been doing this for 25 years and as I just got back into woodworking after a long break; I have been getting planes and so forth to restore.
I made this from cherry a couple of years ago for my office. I used 1/4” bead board for the back and painted it what I called Amish green for a lack of better description. Sorry I don’t have a better view of the color of the back.