I have been at it in the garage this week. I started work on a new computer desk, built some nice push blocks, and built a step stool for my daughter. Well the step stool is actually for the dog, so she can get on my daughters bed.
I started a bit backwards with the desk since I started the drawers first. I figured the drawers would be the most time consuming part of the project, so I started there. The dovetails are half blind and hand cut with American elm faces and maple sides.
This push block was built out of some mildly figured maple, and has a dovetailed slot in the back to hold the back of the foot in place. If it ever needs to be replaced, it just gets pushed out and replaced. For the handle, I copied the shape of the stanley#7 tote.
This push block was designed for the table saw. I based the design loosely on the one I have been using for about ten years, but went a bit over the top with it. It has a walnut handle, and foot with bloodwood plugs, and the middle section is 1/8" baltic birch plywood. The rear section rides in a dovetailed slot, to allow for easy replacement of it once it gets chewed up.
For this step stool I again went a bit over the top with it, but it was alot of fun to make. I used tiger maple, and some mildly figured honduran mahogany. The dovetails, and mortices were hand cut. I tried my hand at wedged mortices, using ebony for the wedges. It adds a nice element to the design, and really makes the joint strong. For the finish, I used a few coats of amber shellac cut 50/50 with DNA, followed with a few coats of satin laquer, then rubbed out with beeswax.