Check it out! The current issue of WOOD Magazine (May 2014, Issue 225) has a good article on designing projects and building prototypes. The article contains 6 points on the process of taking a project through the design and prototyping, to a finished project. The staff at WOOD Magazine asked me to contribute information on how I design and use prototypes. For the article they ended up using a picture of me building a full-scale cardboard fireplace for a client, and a key quote for the ...
(Please note: I originally posted this earlier today as a forum topic, but then decided to put it in as a blog entry in order to keep all of my entries together. I have also added more information to this posting here.) A year ago Christmas, Santa promised my wife that he’d build built-in bookcases with doors, as well as an adjoining mantel. Well, Santa got busy over the course of that year landscaping most of the yard by laying brick pavers, constructing a couple of raised brick planter b...
This article is not about the artistic placement of art but rather about the physical placement. Any framed art or item that you value should never be hung on an exterior wall or above an active fireplace. Exterior walls go thorough drastic temperature changes during the days and seasons. These changes can set up conditions that cause cycles of dryness and condensation inside a frame package which, in turn, can cause damage to the contents. Active fireplaces, whether buring wood or natu...
These are some built-in cabinets and a mantel that I did in a house I just finished trimming. These pics are from before the stone is on the fireplace. Hopefully in a couple weeks I will have professional shots of this entire house by John from Coastline Studios.It looks so much more grand with the stone, its probably my favorite projects so far! The cabinets are Maple plywood with poplar face frames and doors. The mantel is poplar also. They are sprayed with Graham Aquaborn Ceramic, f...
Some additional photos of the Living room and bar project Photo one shows the matching arches we did in the foyer. Photo two shows the custom bar stools the client had made. Photo three show the hand carved limestone and marble fireplace. Photo four shows the iron work added to the glass doors. Lee
Summer 03 Continued The bath was under restoration. Meanwhile the monstrosity of a fireplace had sat uncovered for 6 months. “Paint it white,” my dad said. “Put curtains around it,” (Like the elephant man?) We just smiled and said, “We’ll just wait.” A lot of the houses with redone fireplaces end up with tile. We knew we wanted to try to remain true to the house but had little clue what was there. The brick pointed to brick, but the hearth ...
Now that the Challenge 01 Table is done, I started working on the mantel again. Also to get the full story, check out part #1: Getting Started, Yesterday I re-sawed enough Brazilian Cherry to cover the top. This morning I planed them to a 1/4” thickness, & proceeded to fit the inlay. The Cherry really added some beauty to the mantel. It’s a nice contrast to the Black Ash. My Son stopped by, & was surprised that I already found a use for the flooring he gave me. ...
Hi,This is my first attempt at Blogging. I’ve been planning on building a fireplace mantel for quite a few years now. So late this fall I started on this project. The cold weather got an early start this year , so I couldn’t finish it, so I brought it to town to work on it this winter.My sweetheart has been snapping pics. of my progress. They turned out pretty good, so I’d like to share some with you. The shelf is made of 3/4” Birch plywood, with a Black Ash fascia...
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