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I used a froe and a 3lb wooden mallet to split a cedar shake block into 4 slabs.
Smoothed all the faces with a big crooked knife then tapered the slabs with an elbow adze.
Carved a fishy thing on the outside of each slab and dry-fit the pieces as an umbrella stand.
Opened up and MinWax Tung Oil Protective finish 2X and steel wool on the insides.

This weekend? The delightful task of glue and 12 birch pegs for assembly.
Mark and carve the cedar base like water waves. Slop finish on the outside carvings.
 

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Not very exciting, but very necessary: cleaning and re-organizing the shop. Purpose has changed a bit, so some stuff is going into storage, some on Craigslist, and some new stuff coming in. I'll post before and after pics when it's all done. This will be a two or three weekend project, I think.

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Friday I sanded and started finishing a couple keepsake/jewelry boxes I'm making.

I also started packing up my shop yesterday and today. We're going to be moving and the first thing packed up (and eventually the last thing to be unpacked) is my shop. Not going to get to do any woodworking for at least a few months... Need to get my family settled in first before I can get my shop set up. Also no wood or tool purchases for a while - going to be a while before I can afford to buy any wood or tools...

By the end of the week I anticipate that my shop will be almost completely packed up... I think I'll be going through withdrawals not long after that...
 

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My "finishing" the banana stand has turned into cleaning, testing and using for the first time my dovetail saw from the batch order on here, doing my first blind m&t joint, learning why hand-cut bridle joints are not a good idea for a beginner (EVERY cut line is exposed!), working with cherry for the first time, using a brace bit to rough out another m&t joint and all this before getting to the secret compartment that is the key to this gift. Looks like this project ain't gonna get done this weekend. But there have been a lot of firsts!
 
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