Wheelchair Woodworking #19: The Cabinet in Red

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Blog entry by Jamie Speirs posted 07-17-2014 10:36 PM 1987 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 18: Mads gets Kidnapped Part 19 of Wheelchair Woodworking series Part 20: O wad some Power the gift tae gie us, To see oursels as ithers see us! »

Ok, I’ve an obsession one that s itching like a Scottish Midge bite.
Thos Moser made a version, exceptional
It’s not a replica though
Norm Abram built one featured it on a programme and in one of his books
It’s again a great cabinet and with Norms normal practical improvements
It would make a great build and a wonderful edition to any home….......
Right this is where my problem comes in
In Thos. Mosers book there is a photo of an original
Now with having had glaucoma since my 20’s and I aint to good with accuracy any more but to me it looks petite, fine & a refind design
If I take Norms height of his being 6ft same as Tom
Now I take out the compass and start getting measurements
This is where it is confirmed that this is indeed a petite piece.
If any of you LJ’s have the book perhaps they could confirm my
I have exact same antique hinges the screws I even have the pigment lime BLO
sitting ready for the cheese :) Like I say “Obsessed”
Also if anyone has any pictures of the Pewter Cupboard :)

Mike Littlecope I’ve always been amazed at what
you have came up with with so few tools. I wonder what you would make if you were
in my shop :)

Right where was I, yes Mads I give you this picture
and say nothing as I’m sure it will be in one of his wonderful Blogs. Fair to say though
that it is late and getting dark, Shirley is about to drop him off at Loch Doon. In the
middle of nowhere. Shirley drove back with lights on full beam :)

Shop was its usual buzz three of the jolly rouges were in. Ryan is busy doing a Shaker
footstool. He wil be using my chair drilling jig Mike so I will then take some pics for you. Although Ryan has about 5 projects in progress. I’m
busy making a small chest as a thank you gift for the Mahogany. He had sent another 20ft
of them, he had wanted them for a project that he never got time for It’s nice to be nice.
I love my job.

Mads has just walked in the door and is presently dancing and singing with the three Boxers LoL
You could not make this up.

French Oak Puja/Prayer Table larger than standard. It is for an American customer but for a
gift in England the small text rest is made of American Oak, I thought it apt :)
This has been an extremely patient customer who due to health and selecting the correct
timber and design. A year in the making. Thank you Alison & Paul for your patience

Then I’m helping restore the stair case with my new neighbour Bill he has bought the
managers house on the Estate. I think 1833 but I will check. Helping restore. I’m only remaking the treads that are damaged. Bill is doing all the hard bits. I think Mads has a
picture of the hoose it has that lovely stark look. I think Bill may be around a bit as he wants
to do most of the restoration work himself. As a project :)
The stair treads are parana pine, no longer available we are using Tulip Wood / Black
Poplar. Although the repair stands out like a sore thumb at the moment. I’ll get that
toned a wee bit, but it is not going to be faked rather a sympathetic repair :) The banisters
are cast iron and I was telling him about a shot/grit blast finish. Metal warmed then hot BLO
over it. I like the effect and sometimes will burn the oil to give it back some character/patina
It will be fun… did I tell you that I love my Job

Well Mads has turned in early as he is exhausted. But still smiling. It is a bit like having one of
our sons here. He just blends in. Shirley loves feeding him.

A few random shop pics
Shows a rere picture of Red Ron the Broon in discussion about knifes with pipe smoking
Mads. He got a nice tobacco while in Edinburgh the shop smells a mixture of that with a strong smell of oak and mahogany. Wonderful.

Thanks for reading
If I miss a bit just let me know :)

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#1 posted 07-17-2014 10:55 PM

I’m enjoying the blog and the photos…next best thing to being there and meeting yall.

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#2 posted 07-17-2014 11:18 PM

well it sounds and looks like there is some real action going on over there…lol…enjoyed this one…tell mads to try and not get things stirred up there…i would love to be there for some of the eating…oh yea…so what is the favorite meal that mads loves to partake of….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 07-17-2014 11:20 PM

oh and the picture of mads all puckered up got me pretty excited…lol…tell mads he better quit getting my all riled up…ive got woodwork to do, i cant have the puckered up picture going through my head….lol

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 07-17-2014 11:22 PM

It is so good to see pictures of all of you. How wonderful to work on what you love with people you love. All smiles here Jamie! Thank you for sharing your visit! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 07-18-2014 12:59 AM

Great blog, Jamie. I thing Mads should move in and bring Mathilde. she’d meet some of the Scottish boys there!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 07-18-2014 01:31 AM


You turn some colorful phrases. Nice when peoples journeys overlap. Thanks for sharing your ride. :<)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 07-18-2014 07:28 AM

Nice projects Jamie. I loved the prayer bench the chest and the box. It seems to me that for a guy in a wheelchair and with serious health problems that you are living a rich meaningful life surrounded by wonderful people. I much admire your will power and your positive attitude towards others and your work despite the hard bits. Good luck with your cupboard project and I’m looking forward to seeing your angle jig in action.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 07-19-2014 02:43 AM

I don’t know what I’d do in your shop either Jamie (I’d probably be lost with all the options!)
But if I ever find myself in Bonnie Scotland, I will be sure to stop by for at least a visit!
As it is, I’m thoroughly enjoying visiting with you vicariously… through Mads’ and your own Words and Pictures… Carry On Men… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#9 posted 07-19-2014 12:04 PM


I have to echo what the Mikes and Doc Savage above have said and I couldn’t say better. I have enjoyed your journey and stories.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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