It’s been a long time coming but I finally retired the 2×4 and plywood glorified table and built a bench. I based the design on a Nicholson and changed a few things for my liking and what I wanted. The basic construction is 4×4 spruce legs with draw bored mortise and tenon 4×4 uppers and lowers, bolted in 2×4 stretchers and recessed lags for the 1/2 lap 2×8 front skirt and 2×6 rear. The top is made from 2×6 t+g pine that were off cuts from a post and beam roof and are held in place to the base with pocket screws. I bolted and screwed the sub assembly’s in place so when I move in a few years I won’t need a chainsaw to take this bench apart, At 2.5 ‘ x 7’ there’s no way it’s coming out of the basement in one piece and is rock solid. For hardware I added a cast iron end vise with dog holes down the length of the bench and a leg vise with a chris cross from bench crafted. The leg chop is still temporary as I wanted to use the vise for a wile to get a feel for how I will use it most so as to dictate the shape and design. And I picked up some hand made holdfasts from Tim Charles at A Slice of Wood Workshop and may be the best addition I have made to the bench as of late. I have no idea how I have gotten this far making stuff without them or a real bench, productivity and quality is way up since I started using it and if you are on the fence about making your own bench stop making due with what you have and just do it, it will be the best tool in your arsenal
I finally cut up a slab of 10/4 oak for the leg chop. this thing is a beast
This cabinet is a first for me, I’ve never entered a show before let alone made anything just to show and I received a ton of compliments on it. Its a wine cabinet that I designed to fit the criteria of my interpretation of a classic chimney cabinet. It is constructed using traditional frame and panel construction with pinned mortise and tenons in tiger maple and mahogany veneered panels. It has a glass paneled door and stick built mahogany wine and glass racks and a tiger maple drawer with a breadboard tiger maple top. It can hold 12 bottles and roughly 15 glasses depending on the size of the glassware. It was on display at the Boston home show and now resides in my home. It was a fun project to build and I will definitely be doing more builds for shows, it was a great experience
PROJECT: Stainless Steel Railings
MATERIALS: Stainless Steel and Mahogany
These are some stainless railings made by Bob from B Welding. His customer wanted some new railings made from stainless and he wanted me to make some mahogany caps for them
starting to fit the caps
fitting the miter
snug fit backed up with some dowels
the bullnose end
some oil and outdoor urithane
both pieces installed
PROJECT: Front porch rebuild – replace the decking, wrap new trim around it, and rebuild the stairs (with new custom railings, of course). Currently unfinished because it got too cold for the paint to dry.
MATERIALS: Pressure-treated decking, douglas fir, and – sadly – paint.
Decking finished – ready for railings
First finished section of railings
As far as I got before it got too cold
I FINALLY TOOK A VENEERING CLASS!!
PROJECT: End Table Top. (I can do this stuff now thanks to Steve Latta and Bob Van Dyke at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking.)
MATERIALS: Fiddleback anigre field, tiger maple and bandings surrounded by solid mahogany
Detail of the banding
Polished and finished
PROJECT: I hated my living room (gainormous custom entertainment center with built-in central AC return, raised panel wainscoting, and electronics cubby hole). This project is ongoing because I keep stopping to make fancy things.
MATERIALS: Poplar, MDF, pre-finished maple plywood
Front view of the bottom half of the entertainment center
AC return door (routed pattern into raised panel door)
AC return ductwork (that’s right, kids, I HVAC as well)
And the filter fits right in there
DVD storage built into the ends of the entertainment center
Bearing posts and chimney chase made pretty
Cut a cubby into one of the columns around the bearing posts for handy electronics storage.
The back panel of the electronics cubby is removable for easy access to all the wires and cables.
Custom-made raised panels wrap the whole room.
Progress on the entertainment center: added shelves for storage