The Niche Projects (Part 2) -- A place for the bits of life.

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Project by Luddite posted 03-22-2015 01:29 PM 864 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Life abhors a vacuum and what’s not filled is soon done so. These are some of my niches.

The Hideaway….
20 years ago, while in my walnut phase of furniture making, I was building my desk and thought a hideaway would be cool to do.

The box was a simple affair unfinished with a sliding lid. Held in place by swivels. Placed snuggly in a space between the two drawers.


Cherry bookcase. It was this or a potted plant.
This was my first through tenon project years back. A bit daunting but worth it all.

I made several of these over the years. They usually ended up at my sister in-laws or with the nieces. The same goes for the umbrella stands I made.


Cherry Towel Rack and Shelf

When you have an 18 year old niece decide to move in on your quiet and retired world there’s much to worry about. First is attitude followed closely by the debris field she left. Our guest bathroom seemed adequate but soon was awash in wet towels, clothes, jars and tubes of makeup, creams as well as a small army of rubber duckies. The towel rack suffered the most and finally came apart from the teenage abuse.

I made this for “the niece” to manage the debris of her life. It didn’t help.

After three years, “The Niece” finally moved on, got a job and three years after that fell in love and is now junking up her own place.


Red Oak towel rack
Twenty plus years ago I made this for the wife. Needed that place to put things just outside the shower as the conventional towel racks were inadequate. My wife did the design. This was constructed of red oak and joined only with biscuits. Now there’s room for towels and a place to put bits.

We all have the need for niches. These are but a few.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#1 posted 04-16-2015 04:26 AM

Nice projects to organize things. I love all of your designs!!
Keep ‘em coming!!.............................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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