Sunday, December 18, 2016

Onken Morris Chair


Popular Woodworking has a compilation book entitled, "Arts & Crafts Furniture Projects." I've built a couple of pieces from that book but I've been coveting a Morris chair that belongs to my favorite author (Christopher Schwarz) for some time now. This chair was built Oscar Onken and his "Shop of the Crafters," early last century.  Onken's work is a German/Hungarian take on the Craftsman style, which is why I'm so attracted to it. 


Sunday, November 13, 2016

Walnut Bookshelf with Ebony Accents

It's been awhile since my last post.  I have been making some furniture, I just need to take time to blog about it.

Our previous home had built-in bookcases around the fireplace. We didn't realize how much we would miss that shelf space when we moved.  We've got piles of books everywhere!

As my skills and means have been progressing,  I set out to make a bookshelf with strong joinery....and no plywood!  I really liked a Robert Lang Craftsman bookcase I saw in Popular Woodworking #170, so rolled with it.  Of course, I customized it to my tastes.


Saturday, July 9, 2016

Puzzle Board with Drawers


This a quick blog pertaining to how I made a puzzle board.  The materials are a 1/2 sheet of cherry cabinet grade 1/4" ply...well, the stuff with the mdf core. And some 4/4 walnut. 

I believe the sheet was cut down to two 24x36" pieces. I ripped some walnut 3/4" x 1" for dividers. Thus the space for the drawers will be 1"tall.  In the picture below I'm gluing (weighting) the dividers in place. Precision is a must, otherwise you'll have wonky sliding drawers. 


Sunday, May 29, 2016

Dining Set Tutorial #7 - Cherry and Walnut Dining Table

Now for the table. Building this baby felt like a cakewalk after the hours involved in those chairs. Back in the day when I was milling up the 8/4 walnut for the chair legs, I set aside and laminated pieces for the Table legs. You can see the pattern in the middle. Each triple-laminated blank rendered two legs without waste.


Friday, January 29, 2016

Dining Set Tutorial #6: Captains Chairs

This is where we get to the custom furniture part. My clients (aunt and uncle) were split on the chair back design.  My uncle enjoys lower back support, as do I.  My aunt, not as much.  The compromise was to make two captains chairs with a different back.  This added several hours to the build, but also gave me the opportunity to push my skills and creativity. 

I should note, this is some of the most technical handwork I've pulled off to date, so I'll attempt to explain as best I can. I know, pictures do most the talking. If your not adept with joinery terms, you may need to google a few terms. 

Anyway, notice the captains chair below is glued up without the back slats. Well, in order to give some lower back support, the back slats are going to go all the way to the seat. So, I can insert the custom backslats later when I install the seat. 




Thursday, January 14, 2016

Dining Set Tutorial #5 Sculpted Seats


Down to bidness. Here's the steps I used for the sculpted seats.

Using the chair as a pattern:


Friday, January 1, 2016

I Repent


It's a tossup. I can't tell you which I love more, music or woodworking. I can tell you that I've long accepted the fact that I'm more gifted in working wood. People seem to enjoy my work in this craft. People just endure my music (hearty chuckle).

Since my teens, my favorite musician has been a Christian folk artist by the name of Derek Webb. There have been times when it seemed that Derek was reading my thoughts. Ever experience that?