geometric shape/freeform tables, and mini pie safe

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Blog entry by hobby1 posted 05-03-2013 02:53 AM 1593 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This guy I do comission work for, asked me to build a couple freeform geometric shape tables, to take to an auction. He would do the final finishing, because he enjoys that, also he would supply the scrap materials mostly walnut barn boards, and left over maple and cherry boards He had laying around in his shop, these were all rough milled so I would do all the final surface planing and jointing as I needed at my shop (backyard shed).

Here are 3 I built for Him.

This one I called “the screwjack table” walnut and walnut top with maple scraps for edge banding moulding.

This one is the “zigzag trestle table” walnut and cherry top with walnut edge banding moulding and scrap popular for the feet and trestle brace.

They both sold as a pair to the same dealer.
I had to edit this post to erase the amounts, because I feel it is not fair to the dealer who purchased these to advertise the purchase price,

And this one is “the ironing board” cherry bottom with walnut top and walnut pedestal.
He didn’t take this one to the auction yet,.

These are very fun to design and build, I enjoy freeform building projects, the geometric shapes take special fixture making to hold the workpieces at bizzare angles.

With all this scrap walnut boards he gives me, I build these tables and now I’m left with a lot of cutoffs around 7/8” thick by 1” to 1-1/2” wide sticks, that keep on piling up, theres got to be somethng I can build with these, then I remembered watching Charles Neil woodworking, the series on pie safes, I pulled up a picture off of the innernet, and went with this build, I showed it to the same person (who I do commision work for, above), to see if he would be interested in taking it to the auction as well, and he is delighted in that, so he will come across some sort of metal to use in the openings, and I will punch the designs and install them, and then hand it over to him to do his finish work on it, and away it will go to see how it fairs at the auction.

So don’t throw away 1” x1” scraps, a lot can be done with them.

Here it is so far.
It may make a nice night stand for somebody.

have fun in the shop…

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#1 posted 05-03-2013 10:25 AM

Great work on all of these projects. My favorite is the cabinet. I hope you will post it when completed. You are lucky to have someone who likes to do finishes. I’m sure finishing is very interesting and rewarding when you have the skills. I keep hoping that someday I will take an interest in it. It brings any project to a much higher level.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 05-03-2013 01:13 PM

Hi Mike, Thanks,

I’ll post it when it’s done, I originally was going to use these 4”x5” aluminum flashing panels, I have a small stack of them to use up, but he would like to use maybe copper or brass or even a antique tin of some sort, so he will try to find something that will work, he is a very busy person, so it may take a while.

To have him do the finishing on the pieces he commissions me to do for him, does help me out a lot, I can get more projects done for him, and let him take his time to make it spark to where he knows it will sell for him,

I too rather do the construction of projects then the finishing, but it is the finish that really makes or breaks the work done on the projects, so I’m glad he enjoys doing the finishing work.

When I do a project for my self, to keep, I like to do all the finish sanding and put the stain on the workpieces prior to final glue and assembly, it makes it easier for me to keep the glue stains at a minimal, as well as easier to reach all the places with the stain.

Have fun in the shop…

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#3 posted 05-03-2013 02:16 PM

Those are some really cool designs. I know you’re turning these over unfinished, but I must say, I think you’re underpricing your work by a long shot.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#4 posted 05-04-2013 01:39 PM

Brian thanks,

The person (I’m doing this commision work for), said that if the auction were a public auction, people would be purchasing for there own self to keep, the purchase would go higher, however the people who purchase these are mostly all dealers, so expect that there going to try to get these pieces as little as possible, so they can resell and make there profit, he wanted to see how artsy pieces like these would go in the antique market, where he takes all his things too.

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#5 posted 05-04-2013 03:12 PM

I went back and edited the blog, to erase the purchase prices, after some thinking I feel it would not be fair ,to the dealer who purchased these, to advertise his purchase price on the innernet.

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