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...
Again I had different routes that I could have taken on the glue to use. I decided to go with regular yellow glue. It is more forgiving. If I would have laid the face down in one piece instead of an inlay, I may have used contact cement. Since the whales were fairly small I felt the yellow glue would work fine. I needed even and constent pressure on the entire piece. What I did was laid it down in this order. 2×4’s, substrate, glue, whale, wax paper, foam pad, plywood, 2...
I have the design, cut the veneer pieces and now it is time to put it on the face. I tossed around ideas on how I’d put it on the face. My first idea was to order a large sheet of maple veneer (background wood). Cut the whale into the it like I did the rest and then glue it all onto a substrate panel. What I ended up doing was using 3/4” maple plywood as the substrate and cut in the design. First I outlined the whale. I then went around the border with a chisel. This allo...
Okay, I got approval form the customer and time to get started on the project. To pattern it I enlisted the services from a local sign company. They printed it up with the colors separated life size (life size to the bed not life size in the wild). They made me some mask to use as the pattern. Here is also the wood I choose to use. They are Quarter Sawn Walnut (dark color) and Lacewood (reddish color): These were masks so I was able to stick them to the veneer pieces. I cut them out...
I’m starting a very exciting project. Anything new that I try is exciting for me. I love new things and new techniques. I build a lot of murphy beds, as you can see from my post, but when I got customer wanting to add a whale design to one, I was all in. I don’t consider myself an artist or my work art, so this would be my first attempt at something like that. I’ve heard and read a little on marquetry and decided this would be the direction I’d take the customer....
What’s happening in the shop for February . Today we’ll be spraying Harvey’s locker murphy bed, desk, and toybox. I’ll be finishing the build on Jordan’s twin murphy bed. For missed video and building pictures see my Current Projects link at wwbeds.com or poggyskids.com. Watch us live:<div></div>
What’s happening in the shop for January 05, 2009 . Getting the Batmobile for the finish shop. I’ll then start on a Contempo murphy bed a couple bookcases. For missed video and building pictures see my Current Projects link at wwbeds.com or poggyskids.com. Watch us live:<div></div>
What’s happing in the shop for December 23, 2009 . Working on a Ross Murphy bed my customer Grimm. This will be the bed and bookcase. The bookcase I’m using as a prototype pre-cut version. One that I can send out and the customer finishes it. It will be a good addition to my pre-cut murphy bed. For missed video and building pictures see my Current Projects link at wwbeds.com or poggyskids.com. Watch us live:<div></div>
What’s happening in the shop for December 21, 2009 . My finishing guys have a few projects backed up. They are working on my Bullock for Young and then they will get to Wang’s Contempo Murphy bed. After they get done with that I have a couple bookcases that were built a few weeks ago that needs finish. I’ll be working on Garrison’s 4 poster bed with iron work in it. This is similar to the Spanish Rose that I build, but with raised panels and built using oak wood....
What’s happening in the shop for December 19, 2009 . We will apply the finish on Young’s Bullock Murphy bed and finish building Wang’s Contempo murphy bed. For missed video and building pictures see my Current Projects link at wwbeds.com or poggyskids.com. Watch us live: <div></div>
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