Some friends of mine run a local Coffee Roasting and Espresso Bar here in my area (Michigan), and they contacted me about building six new table tops for their coffee shop. For the design, we decided to inlay their company logo in each table. I’m using Maple, Walnut and Cherry. I decided to start with making the star. To save some work, I made just two variations, but made them thick enough so that after the glue up, I could slice them in to multiple st...
I decided that it would not hurt to have a few extra… different designs.. so… here are a few more glue ups.. Then cut an oval out of the checker one… and did a second generation glue up on the two at the back. Sanded and cut to finished shape the two second gen.. and glued up another..[sorry no pic] and cut it into a circle…this one was made with Queensland Maple with chevrons of Maple, Purple Heart and a stripe of Walnut… The oil finish has been applied...
Earlier this week I received my first commission. Or lets say it is my first job for someone that is not a friend or family. I am both excited and intimidated by this first step. Although it is a small job through school and will not be a huge earnings I am looking at it as some great experience. I will be adding cabinets to an existing kitchen. Which with the sizes and such will have to be fabricated. Now for the scary part, HOME-OWNERS! As a home owner myself I really scrutinize work...
Well it has been a long road but I finally can see the end. Now all that is left is meeting up with the picture owner and installing the picture at his place. I will try and get pictures of the picture in the frame. Sometimes the customers do not want me to take pictures so it a flip of the coin right now.
UPDATE 5-2-2008: You can see the finished cane in this project posting: - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - -—- – - – -—- – - – - Back to my original Blog: This is a short blog, as I sort of spilled my insides out earlier this week with the previous blog. So, not much to say tonight. I’m working on a unique commissioned walking c...
Somehow word has gotten out about my interest in woodworking. Who knows what message people are getting, though. “So they tell me you’re a carpenter,” they say, or, “I hear you’re good at woodworking.” Um, no. But regardless of my actual skill level, it doesn’t stop people from asking me to do things for them. I’m actually backlogged with projects, most of which I’m doing for free. It’s also giving me good experience, for which IR...
Seldom does a week go by that I don’t have a request from a friend to make them something out of wood. My stock reply is that I am not in woodworking to make it a business. Some of these requests come as a result of a couple of web sites (this one included) where my work is shown. Although, I must admit, I have no idea how they actually connect with me – I don’t show any contact info. However, most of the requests come from people that know me, or have been referred to...
I have received some correspondence lately asking about what I am doing right now in the shop. So, I thought I would post a little progress on my current commission piece. The people at the St. Anthony of Padua Church in Strong City, KS asked me to build a Hymn Number Stand to match the other pieces in the church I did earlier this year. Here is a list of the other projects that go with this commission that I have already completed, some have been posted as projects, while others haven...
I have moved this information over from the Church Lectern project as I think it cleans up the Project Posting better, as most of this extra information was really just Blogging material. So, if you read this information in the Project Posting, then there is nothing new here. Let me know what questions you have, and I would also enjoy hearing tips from each of you on how you work with clients. I’m just figuring this out myself, so I have a lot to learn.- – - – - – -...
I got my first ‘commission’ a few days ago. I occasionally play golf with a friend, Dan, who has just moved into a new place and has inherited an older 50” big screen. Over a post-round beer, he mentioned he needs a sturdy stand and asked me how the woodworking skills were coming along and if I might be interested… We chatted, made a sketch on a napkin, and now I’m working on some designs in SketchUp. He’s getting a ‘bargain’ cuz he’s a...
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