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Project by Thos. Angle posted 07-22-2007 04:29 PM 2488 views 1 time favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a commission from Bobbi Hammer, hence the name. The wood is Sapele and the door panels are hand carved. It took me about 12 hours to do each panel. The desk is 27×40 and the top is 50 inches tall. the four drawers have dovetailed slides. I was going to use Accuride Eclipse but my wife talked me out of it, thankfully. I didn’t have a duplicator so I hand turned the legs.The interesting thing about this piece is that it had to be made to be viewed from all sides since Bobbi was going to use it as a room divider of sorts. The panels on the upper piece are 1/4 inch sapele resawn and glued up. The finish is poly over shellac. No stain. I will add more photos as soon as I find out how to make my files smaller. all my photos are over 3
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-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 07-22-2007 04:52 PM


Welcome to lumber jocks.

Very nice wood work, and once again, your leather work is unbelievable!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 07-22-2007 07:38 PM

Nice job!

Re. the pix, are you on a Mac or on a Win machine? I can help you with both of them if you contact me directly.

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#4 posted 07-22-2007 08:02 PM

Very nice job.

Who is Bobbi Hammer?


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#5 posted 07-22-2007 09:44 PM

Wow, very nice, welcome to LJ. I love those hand carved panels, carving is one thing I haven’t quite gotten the nerve to try.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#6 posted 07-22-2007 09:45 PM


-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Damian Penney

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#7 posted 07-22-2007 09:46 PM

—edited this comment to remove question that you answered in the description—pls ignore.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#8 posted 07-23-2007 07:53 AM

Thos, this is outstanding. Welcome to LJ’s.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#9 posted 07-23-2007 10:51 AM

Thos, welcome to LJ’s. Looks like you are going to be an interesting contributor. I really like your work, especially the leather carvings.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#10 posted 07-23-2007 04:41 PM

Exquisite work! I really like turners that don’t use duplicators, like myself. You did a great job of turning those legs free hand. Don’t get me wrong…if I had to do ten the same or more(production work), I could look the other way if a duplicator happened to appear on my lathe. I guess I find it is more challenging to do it by hand and be able to match it by eye. Love your work!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#11 posted 07-23-2007 04:52 PM

If you are using Windows XP, you can easily download a tool from Microsoft called

“Image Resizer Powertoy for Windows XP”

You install it and when you right click on any image in a directory, you get a menu choice called “resize pictures” which generates a pop-up that looks like this:

image resizer

From there you get a copy of your image in the new size.

Hope this helps.

-- John

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#12 posted 07-23-2007 05:07 PM

Amazing work!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Thos. Angle

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#13 posted 07-23-2007 05:58 PM

Thanks for all the interest and info. Some one asked who Bobbi Hammer is. She is a very nice lady who grew up here in Jordan Valley and now resides in Caldwell Idaho. When she sold her business here in town she came by and ordered this piece. She just wanted one of my works. I really appreciate her and her husbands friendship.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#14 posted 11-14-2007 03:40 PM

after seeing your carved panel kitchen panels this morning, I decided that I had better go explore some more. Somehow in my self absorbed world of staying alive, I missed all of these carved leather front projects. They are truly works of art. Glad I spotted them, and was able to catch up. Please forgive me.


-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#15 posted 01-12-2008 02:53 PM

thos. ive looked through your projects like 3 times and every time i see this hammer project im more amazed !
awsome work and ledgendary in my opinion .

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