Three in One – With frame construction completed, the desk dovetailed together, and the sticking completed for the fitted top and lid, it was time to venture into the interior of the desk. I decided to use Honduran mahogany for the bottom, ...
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Location: Lilburn, Georgia
Hand tool woodworker from Virginia residing in Lilburn, Georgia, with my bride of 20 years. Upon discharge from the U.S. Army in the early 1970s I became a firefighter for the Richmond County FD in Augusta, Georgia. I then went on to work as a Draftsman in the cabinet industry during the mid to late 1980s before becoming a Funeral Diector in 1993.
I am fortunate to have been raised by a father possessing the highest level of common sense in the world. Unschooled and mostly self-taught, Dad worked as an automobile mechanic, providing our family with everything we needed and just about everything we wanted. Thanks Dad!
Dad had a way of finding those vehicles that everyone else had given up on and said were nothing but worthless junk. Sometimes, using nothing but a pair of pliers, 9/16” wrench, battery, and a can of gas, he'd start it up and drive it back to the shop. Then, spending some time connecting this, tightening that, tapping out a few dents, he'd spray on a fresh coat of paint and sell it to one of those naysayers for a sizable profit. Go Dad!
Having come from modest beginnings is perhaps the reason I chose the minimalist approach to woodworking. Growing up in Virginia, surrounded by so much of our colonial history, is another. I use no power tools and very few hand tools, compared to others. My tools are by no means candidates for the next cover of Fine Woodworking magazine, nor are they emblazoned with the name of the latest woodworking guru; they're just tools! Don't get me wrong, my tools are clean, sharp where need be, and do what I demand of them. My dad taught me early on that knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.
I realize this approach is not for everyone, but my shop is my sanctuary. The quiet I experience is deafening. Nothing quite compares to that little click as the auger bit protrudes from the backside of the work piece.
-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia. Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.
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Edge Moulding – With the last of the dovetails cut, I loose fit the desk together and devote some time to edge moulding. It appears that the original desk on frame has a separate edge moulding running the perimeter of the top and lid. There...
Dovetails - I think the boiled linseed oil and sunbathing has created a rather nice patina, thus far. How about you? As the frame rests quietly in the sun, I start laying out the dovetails on the desk. I like to use a mirror to keep an eye on the...
Mitred Breadboards - In order to run a bull-nose around the perimeter of the kneeling platform top, I thought it prudent to attach breadboards. Given that I do not want any end-grain showing, the breadboards need to be mitred. So … with my h...
The Kneeling Platform – The kneeling platform was proving to be something of a challenge. Thus far, I have simply copied the look of the original desk on frame. In adding the kneeling platform, I did not want to stray too far from the Willi...