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Recently I started wood working as a hobby to help relieve some of the stress of school. So I signed up for the Fundamentals of Woodworking class at Red Rocks School of Fine Woodworking and Lutherie because I knew they had all of the power tools that I lacked as well as the space to house all of those tools.

In this class we were required to make a table. While a simple design was suggested, I decided to build a coffee table that I saw in the No. 112 issue of Woodsmith magazine. When I first started the table I thought I bit off more than I can chew, but in the end I'm glad to have pushed myself because I am very happy with the final product and hope to push myself on any future projects.

I made a couple of minor changes to the design; first, instead of a glass top, I made my table with a solid top. And secondly, the original plan was in quarter sawn oak but I made my table out of cherry.

The table is 30" by 38" and about 18" tall. I finished it with several coats of tung oil before putting on several coats of a home-made Danish oil to give it a water resistant final finish.

Many thanks to my instructors; Mike Paslay, Jeff Tinker and Rand Richards, for their guidance, as well as encouragement and camaraderie of my fellow students.

Additionally I have also built two chairs and a bookcase. The bookcase, pictured below, is made of cherry. The plans for it too were taken from Woodsmith magazine, issue No. 153, although I added a fourth shelf which increased the overall height by about a foot.

I have also done a couple of end grain butcher block cutting boards made with maple, walnut and cherry. One of the I finished with shellac, however after it got a little wet the finish turned kind of milky. Subsequent ones I have used walnut oil, and that really made the wood "pop".

A two doored Harvey Ellis inspired bookcase is in the works.