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Been a while since I’ve posted anything, so I figured I’d jump back into the game with my latest project. Took about a full year to get it done, since I only get a couple hours each weekend in the shop. (That and some health problems kept me out of the shop for a while as well.)

Anyway, this is the latest addition to our bedroom set that I’ve been promising my wife for umpteen years. I finished the nightstands a few years ago (see earlier post in “My Projects”.) Next will probably be the bed followed by the final piece, the dressing table/mirror.

Typically you see highboys with the tallboy legs, but the client (my wife) didn’t want it that way. (…And the client is always right!) We did our own drawings/schematics based on other pieces we’ve seen and studied, so it certainly isn’t without precedent.

Primary wood is cherry with curly cherry fronts. Secondary wood is ash (mostly because I have an abundance of it.) All hand-cut dovetails and a good portion of the work was done with handtools. Machine work done primarily on a Shopsmith. All brasses from Horton. Five coats of Waterlox hand rubbed to top it all off.

All in all, I’m pretty pleased with the outcome. There are “issues” I have with it, but no one else will ever see them, so I guess I’m content with it.

-- † Hops †

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#1 posted 07-10-2010 01:10 AM

Superb! I’m sure your “client” agrees it was worth the wait.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 07-10-2010 01:14 AM

nice job well done!

-- shavins

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#3 posted 07-10-2010 03:05 AM

Beautiful ,a wonderful highboy fantastic work.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 07-10-2010 03:22 AM

Very impressive build. Excellent job and beautifully done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 07-10-2010 04:12 AM

YOU ARE MY IDOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That said….I can’t help but take the time to mention to all the folks that somehow place a Shopsmith on a lower plane than all the separate (and often high priced) tools, that it’s entirely possible to produce the finest of furniture without sacrifice…and without a tilting arbor, to boot) Way to go!

Shopsmith & handtools…you really are my idol. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#6 posted 07-10-2010 05:13 AM

Thats just beautiful I’ve always wanted to build one of those but I have this voice in the back of my head telling me I’m not good enough yet. I do like you’res very much…......................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#7 posted 07-10-2010 05:19 AM

That’s a very impressive weekend project! I hope your health is good and maybe we’ll get to see more fantastic projects in the near future. Keep up the good work (and good health)!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#8 posted 07-10-2010 07:45 AM

That peice is stunning. You should be really proud of what you’ve accomplished. Sure can’t let my wife see this one….

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#9 posted 07-10-2010 04:03 PM

Looks very well built with a lot of storage. The colors of the cherry matched up beautifully. Nothing wrong with taking a year with results like this.

-- Life is about choices. You can spend a lot of money on furniture and have really nice furniture; Or you can spend a lot on tools and have even more expensive, crappy furniture. I made my choice.

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#10 posted 07-12-2010 06:49 AM

@schloemoe -

you know… as with many larger projects, just break down the parts into smaller parts. All the drawers are just boxes. The carcase is just a larger box. The molding is just molding. The finial is just lathe work. True, you may have to do it a couple times to do it right (at least I did) but as a whole it was daunting to me. Break it down into manageable pieces and it isn’t as bad as you’d think. I learned so much on this piece I now know I can do more difficult pieces.

Above all… push yourself!

-- † Hops †

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#11 posted 07-12-2010 12:54 PM

Very nice piece. You did a great job.

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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#12 posted 07-19-2010 03:50 PM

very nice! I was super glad to see your name in my e-mail because I had not seen it for a while…glad to hear that health is better…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#13 posted 08-01-2010 11:33 PM

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.VERY COOL.

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#14 posted 06-21-2011 11:57 PM

Beautiful Highboy.

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