Watch this video that takes a quick tour of the furniture I’ve made for my master bedroom. Future blog entries will include the family room, kitchen, dining room, guest bedroom, and living room. I’ve built seven pieces of furniture for my master bedroom over the years. I like furniture that is in the Shaker or the modern Shaker style and have stayed mostly with that style in solid cherry with a natural oil finish. The bed is the oldest piece and was built in 1991. ...
I didn’t want to use up the photo space on the project page explaining the keyboard mechanism, so I’ll do it here. This blog refers to my Shesk project here. At first I thought I’d just get a drawer slide to allow the keyboard tray to be pulled out or stowed, but the clearance required would have made the unit too tall and make it look too boxy. I wanted to preserve the shelf look of the unit. I tried to find an under-mount drawer slide—the expensive kind, b...
The base has been assembled now for about a week. But what’s taken time has been new discussion on the finish. After long planning to do an Arm-R-Seal or similar, my wife decided she wanted to keep the wood as light as possible. Since the oil would take it to an amber color, that meant either shellac, lacquer or water-borne acrylic/polyurethane. After some samples were compared, we decided to go with General Finishes’ High Performance. It seemed to keep the closest c...
This is what the drafting table idea eventually came to be. And it all started from this: While I loved the finish on this original desk, it just wasn’t quite big enough on top and certainly didn’t include the flip up for drafting/painting. So the revisions begin and bring us to that first picture. Now the issues are this: I don’t think the legs are appropriate for the design style here.I am getting away from this “L” shaped desk thing. So here a...
I posted a couple projects and wanted a place to compile both the building pictures. Both the desk and the Murphy bed were a project to the same customer. It was a challenging project because of its size. I finishing phase had to be done in two sets of two days. If not pieces would be everywhere. The bed had it’s own challenges. It was the first time to put a desk in a mission style. The customer did come up with a design that would work, but I needed to figure out all the...
from all the research i’ve done before starting this project, i’ve come to realize that the bowling lane sections that i received are actually quite exceptional, mostly because they are the pin setting ends. i’ve googled ‘bowling alley table’ and most of what i’ve found are tables made from the section of lane with the directional arrow inlays. and while i think these tables are still sweet looking, i’m very happy to have encountered such a unique and...
PICTURE THIS … so, just moved the very heavy lane sections down to the basement where i will be attempting my wood working. i figured i would post some photos and drawings so that everyone can see what i’m working with. just looking at these pieces renews my enthusiasm, and surprisingly, squashes my anxiety. (one of the lane sections) (detail of the pin settings) (underside of one lane sections. i think the cross braces were added prior to removal and transport of t...
WHAT TO DO, WHAT TO DO … for a while now, i’ve been wanting to set up a graphic design studio in my house. about 15 months ago, following the birth of our son, i got that opportunity and i’ve been dedicating lots of time getting it all situated. the one item that i’ve been missing is a good desk, and i have to say, it’s brought my studio to a grinding halt. that was until last week, when i happened upon two 4’x4’ sections of bowling alley lane (of...
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