Woodworking Portfolio 4


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Chimney Owl Cabinet, 2013.

Cherry and curly Maple. 72 x 16 x 13. Oil/varnish mix.

An updated version of the classic Shaker chimney cabinet, this one has a surprise inside. The flapping owl was a lucky accident that appeared when I resawed and bookmatched through a big knot in a plank of curly Maple.

Towel Racks, 2002 and 2015.

Cherry and Maple. 16 high.

Oil/varnish mix.

Hanging racks for small towels. My wife sketched the outline as a little doodle that looked so good that I scaled it up to life-size.

Amplified Computer Speakers, 2015.

Zebrawood, 6 x 5 x 3.5

Watco and wax

Why settle for crummy commercial computer speakers? These are also resistant to RF interference from my ham equipment and the amplifiers run on 12 VDC.

Shop Stool, 2015.

Bastogne Walnut, 24” seat height

Gloss spar varnish

I used the last partial slab from my 2011 desk project. Seat support is band iron. Built to take abuse in the shop. Spar varnish is tough and resistant to spills.

Replaces my old metal stool that I had used since I was about 9 years old!

Shoji Screens, 2017.

Vertical grain Western red cedar, red oak. Stained. 6 ft high.

Set of four Shoji screens used as a folding room divider. Paper is a heavy laminated material from eshoji.com. Design guidelines from the excellent shoji book by Jay van Arsdale.

Bug Boxes, 2020.

Walnut and mahogany, 4x4x10. Tung oil.

Transport cases for semiautomatic morse keys (bugs). After an early 20th century design by Vibroplex.

Machinist’s Chest, 2020.

Goncalo alves, 26x17x11. Wipe-on poly.

Derived from a classic Gerstner model 2610. Everything was resawn and the grain wraps around the chest. Finger joints on the main cabinet and lil’ thru dovetails on the side-hung drawers. Blue felt liners. After 40 years without such a toolbox, all my little precision tools finally have a comfy home.

Display Cabinet, 2021.

White oak, 29 x 20 x 9. Shellac.

This cabinet is rescaled from a design by James Krenov and is something I’ve wanted to build for 30 years. It stores my Morse key collection. Made from a single plank of 8/4 rift-sawn white oak. Carcase is doweled. All surfaces planed and scraped, not sanded. I also made the knife hinges. This is my finest work to date.

Breadbox, 2021.

Cherry, 15 x 8 x 9. Shellac.

A present for my sister. Made from a very old, nasty roughsawn plank that I thought might be walnut!

The Unknown Cabinet, 2022.

Unknown species, 59 x 19 x 9. Shellac. 320 hours.

My first venture into the cabinet on stand motif. Made from unknown tropical hardwoods, hard, heavy, and exceptionally difficult to work. Rated as “Nice cabinet” by Brian Condran. I am honored...

Old Walnut Cabinet, 2022.

Walnut, 28 x 10 x 7. Shellac.

Made from the last of my air-dried walnut from 1986. This hangs in my shop as a clean place to store my camera and a few other items.

Blind Box, 2022.

Various woods, 6 x 4 x 2. Waxed.

I made this little box for a blind friend. He has no idea what a dovetail joint is, so these are raised. Nobody has given him an assortment of different kinds of wood with identifications, so it's made of many species. His nose works fine, so the bottom is made of aromatic cedar. Surfaced with planes and scrapers, no sanding, so you actually can differentiate the textures. Finish is a light coat of Renaissance wax to keep it from getting dirty. His name, Dave, is in Braille. I use model rivets for the dots; their heads are 1/16” diameter, which is right on spec for Braille.

Wedding Box, 2022.

Goncalo alves, 8 x 6 x 3. Shellac.

A gift for my niece on her wedding. The lid is carved from solid and grain is continuous all the way around.

Console Table in Maple, 2022.

Curly and Ambrosia maple, 31 x 31 x 12, wipe-on poly.

Top is curly maple, and the rest is ambrosia maple. Similar to spalted maple, it comes from a tree infested with ambrosia beetles which bore small holes (visible on the front and side aprons) and leave behind fungi which produce the interesting patterns. It’s a variety of soft maple, relatively easy to work, and with much character as you can see. The drawer is nearly invisible; you reach under the edge to pull it out. Front legs have about a 30 deg twist carved into them. It’s a bit of a puzzle at first to figure out how all the facets work together so I made a mockup from a 2x4 first. I also got to try out my new (to me) Record model 020 compass plane. Works way better than I expected and was quite useful on the variable curves on the legs and also the front.