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Project by SteveL posted 06-13-2009 04:06 AM 2411 views 10 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just completed this walnut / maple / ebony “Shaving Stand” based on a design by Gustav Stickley, and reprinted in the Dover book “Making Authentic Craftsman Furniture.” I don’t imagine I’ll use it as a shaving stand, though it is the perfect height for me. I think that the mirror will be perfect to show off some nice flower arrangement in our front hall though. The idea for the piece began when I resawed an offcut from a fellow student’s hearth bench at the Philadelphia Furniture Workshop. The knot that was visible on the outside of the piece radiated into the gorgeous burl and curly figure which I then bookmatched and used as the focal point of the piece. I learned to turn my own knobs for this in a class taught by Mario Rodriguez at PFW. They are ebony. The construction features dovetails, and wedged, through-tenons throughout. I will knock the shine down a bit once it cures, but the finish is Watco walnut oil on the walnut, and boiled linseed oil on the maple and ebony, followed by six thinned coats of shellac (applied with a cotton rubber, using 1 lb cut blonde, dewaxed shellac), and then the top, shelf, and mirror frame have 4 coats of thinned polyurethane to protect in case someone spills gin, or tries to clean the mirror with alcohol. The project has been in my shop for about 14 months, though I suspect I’ve only got about 250 hours in it. BTW—I note that the door (which uses a “bullet” catch) is pushed in a bit past the bullet, in the second photo. I’ll have to put a backstop in there I guess.

-- SteveL





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woodworm

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#1 posted 06-13-2009 04:10 AM

Beautifully built & finished piece…!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 06-13-2009 04:18 AM

The combo of wood and finish are stunning, and I just love the theme makes one want a old fashion hot shave, great piece …Blkcherry

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#3 posted 06-13-2009 04:36 AM

Hey Steve
This fine stand just screams quality and refinement. Very well done

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 06-13-2009 07:17 AM

I am hoping to be this good someday. Very nice.

-- The view only changes for the leading dog.

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#5 posted 06-13-2009 12:26 PM

looks great…very well done…you are a true craftsman sir!

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#6 posted 06-13-2009 12:29 PM

This is beautiful. I wish I could grow a beard just to use it.

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#7 posted 06-13-2009 02:00 PM

Very nice

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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#8 posted 06-13-2009 04:10 PM

Great personal expression with the wood choice. I like the door for sure!

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#9 posted 06-13-2009 05:12 PM

Beautiful piece!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#10 posted 06-14-2009 05:03 AM

Thanks for all the kudos!

-- SteveL

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#11 posted 06-19-2009 08:21 PM

Very nice workmanship and the timber is fantastic ; )

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#12 posted 06-19-2009 08:33 PM

Really lovely this is a great piece and would look nice in anybodies house especially mine LOL Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#13 posted 11-08-2009 05:02 AM

What a nice piece.

-- Andrew, Ohio http://andrewmbetschman.com/

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