Big Leaf Maple Hybrid Cast Sphere

 

Completed: January 2018

This sphere is turned from a small piece of big leaf maple burl that has been cast in alumilite resin, to make use of what would otherwise be a piece of wood too small to be useful. This is my first attempt at a sphere, and as such there are a few missteps or opportunities in it. First, I used too much dye which made the resin part more opaque than I wanted but it did allow for a very interesting white glow where the wood meets the resin. I also failed to use the resin before the end of its shelf life, which causes the “B” part to turn into an almost gel like substance. This issue was easily solved by putting the jug in a hot water bath to return it to a thinner consistency (learned that afterwards). The higher viscosity led to small voids which I actually like and they really add something unique to the piece. The base is just a small piece of oak

Spalted Tamarind Hollow Form

Completed: April 2018

I can see why hollow forms are so addictive. I really enjoyed this one. I think I will be doing more pieces along these lines going forward. If I had it to do again, I would have added some darker.accents around the base of the piece or something like that. I guess there’s no end to what we would different. This piece is made of spalted tamarind with a banksia pod lid and dunno wood (as in I don’t know what kind it is) finial.

Spalted Pecan Keepsake Box

 

Completed: November 2017

 

This is a keepsake box made of spalted pecan with spalted maple splines. The walls on this box are right at 3/8” which really lends itself to the display quality of the box, from the top of the box disappears and the contents take center stage. The wood has enough character to take center stage alongside the decorative clasp when viewed from the front, back, or sides. The splines which are made of spalted maple are installed primarily for strengthening the miter joints, but I choose the spalted maple in hopes that it would blend in enough to provide a nice accent without taking away from the materials used in the box. The splines blended in so well, that they would have to be pointed out for most people. The lid has a Lexan insert so that the contents can be clearly seen without fear of glass breaking. I am very pleased with this box

Sewing Table

 

Completed: July 2017

This sewing table was commissioned by a lady that knew exactly waht she wanted in a sewing table but was unable to locate it through retails sources. She wanted a table that was small enough to fit in the space she had but large enough to utilize that space well with a flip up extension that didn’t need to be cleared off to use (most sewing table leaf extensions flip over the top).

I went to the clients place and took some measurements and set about designing the piece you see here. The entire project is made of poplar and stained with a colonial maple stain. There was some dark streaks in the top that I was unsure about initially but have come to love the character that it adds. The leaf is attached with stiff leaf hinges and supported by an excellent folding mechanism from Rockler. The stiffness of the hinges keep the leaf from slamming down when released and the folding support’s one handed operation makes for a smooth folding experience without worry of the leaf slamming down or the mechanism pinching fingers.

The front apron including the drawers were all cut from one piece which provides a grain match across the front (not overly noticeable after staining but worth a mention). The drawers are constructed with locking rabbet joinery and the plywood bottoms are dadoed in. The drawer slides are shop made as well. The legs on this unit feature a stopped chamfer on the outside corner and short tapers at the base on the two inside faces. The lower shelf is a full 1″ thick (like the top) for strength as she intends to store an extra embroidery machine down there as well for visual continuity.

The client reported back that she loved this piece and that her husband was really impressed. I love it when clients are so pleased!

Baby Name Blocks

Completed: June 2017

These baby name blocks were made for our neighbor’s who recently gave birth to thier first child. The blocks are made of 6/4 poplar and painted with milk paint. The letters are actually laser engraved and also painted with white milk paint on the front. Th back of these blocks were left natural so that as the child gets older, they may not want to have something co colorful in their decor. I also replaced the birthdate and birth stats with the middle and last name.

Ipe Shower Bench

Completed: July 2017

This project is off the Honey-Do list, my wife had requested a shower bench some time ago. About a year and a half ago, I set out to get this done for Valentines Day but it kept getting put off by other projects. It is now finally complete and she is very happy with it (not so happy with the wait for it). The piece is constructed of ipe, a very dense wood that is naturally resistant to water, rot, and pests. All joinery is mortise and tenon with the exception of the bottom shelf which is dadoed into the legs. The mortice and tenons in the seat and the bottom shelf were cut using a bench top mortiser and table saw. The joinery for the legs to apron were made via Festool Domino. All joints were glued together with Titebond III. The seat slats are softly contoured for comfort. The contours were cut on the bandsaw, gang clamped, and faired smooth with a card scraper. The tow end slats share the same contour on the inside edge but are square on the outside. The seat also features a very gentle curve on both sides and the two outer slats sit outside the base to create a place for washcloths. This bench is heavy and built to last many years.

Kitchen Occasional Table

Completion: July 2017

This table was commissioned by a co-worker for his mother. All the dimensions were determined by the the client including the unusual height. When designing this table, I decided to use long tapers on the inside edges of the legs to give the table less of a blocky look and feel. The table is constructed entirely of ash with poplar sides and a plywood bottom for the drawers. The plywood used for the bottom is the cheapest you can get at Lowe’s but I love the red striated pattern especially for items like this, it just gives that extra little bit of interest when you open the drawer. I used a locking rabbet joint for construction of the drawers. The drawer slides are also shop made and designed so that there is no weight placed on the thin bottom apron. The legs and apron are joined with floating tenons courtesy of the Festool domino. The grain match on the top panel turned out pretty nice even though it wasn’t entirely on purpose. The clients were very pleased with this piece.

Colored Pencil Pot

 

Completed: June 2017

This project came about due to the fact that several folks on Facebook shared this video with me of NZWoodworks on youTube making a lidded pot from colored pencils and resin. My version did not come out as expected, there are countless voids (empty spaces) in the resin around the pencils. At first, I was going to throw this out and start over but I figured it couldn’t get any worse and I always need practice on the lathe. So I turned it anyway and I was quite surprised with the outcome! I wouldn’t say that I love it but it is definitely the first one I have seen with this much texture???.

Lady Bug Counting Puzzle

 

Completed: June 2017

These puzzles were made as a birthday gift for a friends little girl. They were inspired by a project on Lumberjocks.com posted by Sheila Landry. From the moment I saw these, I wanted to make some but had no reason to (all my kids are much too old for this sort of thing). So when the opportunity arose, I jumped into action. First I had to make patterns which honestly took the longest in this process. Then I milled down some off cut hard maple and set about making these ladybugs. Most of this project is done on the scroll saw (which I haven’t used in years) and the drill press. My wife even helped out by painting them. The paint used is milk paint with a food safe wax for a sealant. the wax imparted a vintage look, removing light amounts of the paint during application. All in all I am pleased with the project and the recipients really seemed to like them as well.