Looking back at a few jobs.

These are a few of the jobs from the past year. This is what I do for living.

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Much more to come.

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First project complete


So, Here is the piece complete. The finish used was six coats of Danish oil rubbed out and four coats of wax polished out by hand. She ain’t perfect, But, the better half loves it. Enjoy and thanks for looking.

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First project Continued

Frame and panel glue up

Planing the panels

The platform with mitered bridle joint

Yes, at this point I have no bench. Is that like I have no bananas today; or, I am bananas. I guess the folding table will have to do.  Now I had thought I would photograph the entire process. I found myself getting wrapped up in it and failed to do just that. So a few details about the construction and I’ll let the pic’s say the rest. The base, side panels, and lid are frame and panel with mitered bridle joints. The inside frame is set in dados and coped at the front. the knob and handles are inlaid and set with dowels. The hindge pins are Ebony turned on a drillpress. The platform is fastened to the sides with splines. The platform feet are hand carved and set with dowels.

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Has it really been over a year?

found drawersGrapefruit anyoneSide panel

Salvaging the mahogony

Grapefruit anyone

drawers cleaned up

   Wow, I really thought I would just tear into writing about my woodworking full boar. So, where have I been? Living life, working, taking care of the family, and woodworking. The past year has been a full one. I have several projects to post here, and I’ll see if I can do better about sharing whats going on in the shop. I think with this post I will start with the project that started me down this slippery slope.
Story behind the project
I was sorting through some boxes and found some old drawers that belonged to my girl friend. They have mahogany fronts with pine sides and bottoms. What I like about them is the pine is salvaged grapefruit crates with the ink labels in tact. I like to salvage and recycle when possible and as it just happens I have some mahogany left over from a project from the late seventies. Now, I asked Mona the story behind the  drawers, and she said that they were found in the basement of her first house when she lived in Michigan around the late seventies.  So in my mind I feel that this just has to happen.

I moved what tooling I could into our one car garage (200 square feet of shared space). Now I have worked in other businesses shops most of my life and the rest of time I have worked on the job site so I’m used to getting by with what is available. Setting this place up and building the project is starting from scratch, I’m looking forward to it.

The design was based on the drawers. What I choose was frame and panel construction on a platform. Above the drawers will be compartment with a lid. Some of the other material chooses again will be salvaged. The knobs and accents will be scrap ebony. The lining for the drawers scrap green velvet from my parents. That’s where I’ll leave today, more tomorrow.

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Hello world!

I am a carpenter by trade, and a wood worker in my heart. I hope in the coming weeks I will share some of the work from my past and share the work in my future.

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