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Project by EarlS posted 90 days ago 1039 views 7 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Now that the shop is finally finished I’m finally making some sawdust. Since it has been a year since I did anything with most of my equipment I thought I would start of with something small. I haven’t seen many door bell covers that really express the G&G concept so I started tinkering around and wound up using 1/2” cherry for the box with walnut plugs and a stylize walnut “grille” that rests on maple supports to provide an old style radio look over the opening for the chime sound.

I was able to incorporate most of the usual tools and methods I use from design through finishing and while there are a few mistakes, it will work just fine. I had forgotten how much time all of the details can take but how nice they look once completed. Fortunately, woodworking is like riding a bicycle, once you learn how to do it you never forget.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"





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abie

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#1 posted 90 days ago

Earl: Nicely done!!
as a G&G purist? I don’t quite get the grill?
That said I Love the idea of G& G and will place it in my favorites.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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Ken90712

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#2 posted 90 days ago

Love G&G and your idea of it as well. Very Creative and making it your own with the grill idea. Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Wdwerker

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#3 posted 90 days ago

The cover looks very good but now the wall looks kinda plain!

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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Rick

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#4 posted 90 days ago

Very COOL!

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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Belg1960

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#5 posted 90 days ago

I really like this project. I too would like to know where the inspiration for the face came from.

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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Mean_Dean

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#6 posted 90 days ago

Very creative, thinking of G&G for a chime cover!

Now, about that wall paper….....!

-- Dean

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david38

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#7 posted 89 days ago

nice job

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HillbillyShooter

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#8 posted 89 days ago

Nice adaptation of G&G elements.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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EarlS

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#9 posted 89 days ago

Belg1960 – The “Grille” was my take on the 3 ebony bar element frequently seen in various G&G projects. Plus I needed to do something to cover the holel. Additionally, I was thinking of the old style radios and the “grille” that they frequently have.

Mean Dean – that isn’t wall paper, it is the fabric from the Stickley ottoman in the living room. I needed something behind the chime cover besides the boring wall.

Abie – I will have to check into some of your G&G projects for ideas as well. G&G is one of my favorite styles.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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Belg1960

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#10 posted 88 days ago

Earl, I can see both of those things represented in your project. It would seem after looking for some examples, that almost all those triple bar elements were black. Thanks for your thoughts. Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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EarlS

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#11 posted 88 days ago

Pat – G&G uses ebony, but I prefer to use walnut since it is easier to find and a lot less expensive plus cherry and walnut do look good together. One of these days I’m going to experiment with some ebony stain on walnut and see how it turns out.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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Belg1960

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#12 posted 87 days ago

I totally agree I think the stain might be a good substitute, I used it on my son’s entertainment center http://lumberjocks.com/projects/83558 and if wanted a really deep finish a couple of coats should do the trick. The other option might be to use black ink, be careful if you go the ink route as some “black” inks are really dark blue and will not look right. They make water based versions if your working with that type of finish.

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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