I've been visiting different woodshops in the Brooklyn area picking up scrap wood that would otherwise go to waste, to help fuel some of my personal woodworking explorations. After collecting some nice scrap pieces of oak, I decided to try to make a little plant stand for our Pothos.

I hand chiseled some mortice and tenon joints, which definitely didn't go as smoothly as I had imagined, but in the end I was really happy with the result and am looking forward to making a better improved version.

Over the course of a few weeks I had the joy of taking a woodworking course in the Brooklyn Navy Yard with Bien Hecho Academy. Over the weeks we made chopping boards and a side table. It was a lot of fun to revisit some tools that I hadn't used since before the pandemic, and get to learn a few new joinery techniques as well.

We finished the weeks with lots of practice and a lot of changes I might have made along the process, but it was a great reminder of how much fun it is to be in the woodshop!

A few months ago, walking down the street in Brooklyn I stumbled across a roadside find: a knockoff Orange Slice chair! While it wasn't in the best condition I took it home and wrapped it in trash bags until I had figured out a plan.

After deconstructing the piece and giving it a good clean, I found that most of the chair was in great shape, just needed a little reupholstering job. I travelled out to FabScrap (a scrap fabric shop in Brooklyn) to see if I could source some fun upholstery fabric. I left with several yards of this Maharam "Honeydew" fabric, and about 10lbs of other fabric!

I got to reupholstering the chair, which started with deconstructing the piece, cutting pattern pieces and tightly wrapping the fabric and securing it with a nail gun. After a few hours of work, and a few weeks of a half finished chair sitting in our living room, the chair was finished!