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Project by Jamie Speirs posted 04-19-2011 04:37 PM 1679 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well after a long hard winter spring has sprung.
It also marks the end of my woodworking drought.

This is a Shrine that I made for Ani Chonyi and it will go into one of the Eco-Pods on the Holy Isle off the West Coast of Scotland.

It is made from American White Oak, hence the title.

I went for a hand scraped finish and finished it with five coats of oil.

It will be given a good coat of Beeswax before delivery.

In bright Sunny Scotland
Birds are chirping and again the sawdust flows in my veins. :)

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#1 posted 04-19-2011 04:40 PM

it’s beautiful.

(I’m jealous of your springtime … we’re at the freezing mark again/still. )

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 04-19-2011 04:43 PM

Its perfect!

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

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#3 posted 04-19-2011 05:28 PM

Very Nice!!!!

-- Ted, TX or PA

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#4 posted 04-19-2011 05:48 PM

Clean design and nice finish. This says classic all the way.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 04-19-2011 06:02 PM

Hand scraping all this wood must have taken quite some time! The figure on the panels is very nice. I don’t remember seeing that design before :)

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#6 posted 04-19-2011 06:40 PM


I have had you on my mind, wondering how you are doing. So good to know you are still working at it. I’m curious how enough white oak from the states gets to you to make something of this size and how much the material must cost by the time it gets to Scotland? None of my business, I guess. Nice cabinet. Am I seeing a slide out shelf below the top? I notice that the fenestrations are in patterns of 3, is there any symbolizm to this?

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#7 posted 04-19-2011 06:56 PM

Unique design ,great build.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 04-19-2011 07:14 PM

Cracking job, Jamie

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#9 posted 04-19-2011 07:46 PM

Classy all the way around.

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#10 posted 04-19-2011 08:29 PM

great work Jamie on that desk/secretair :-)

thank´s for sharing

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#11 posted 04-20-2011 12:02 AM

Very nice Jamie.

What oil did you use for the finish?

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#12 posted 04-20-2011 02:57 AM

Nice cabinet. Now I know that two piece construction will be easier to make. When assembled, it looks like as one piece construction. Thanks for posting.
I like your title on the project… During my time as seafarer… we normally drink by saying “Johnie go with Bud… the best.” means.. Scotch and beer. LOL you knew what are those brands.. British scotch and American beers. They are allied anyway.

-- Bert

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#13 posted 04-20-2011 03:00 AM

Jamie I’m so happy to see what comes out of you after this silence.
It is Asian but also with a touch of arts and crafts perhaps because of the American wood.
Beautiful work.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Jamie Speirs

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#14 posted 04-20-2011 10:46 AM

Thanks everyone.
It is great to be back in the shop. Steve they represent the three jewels, I think a lot of religions use the three. I had to look up fenestration LOL yes the shelf slides out to give the nun space to make Tormas (food offerings). Thomas I started scraping the joints and got carried away. :) Lanwater just mineral with some oak stain to tone it, I think it highlights the wonderful grain giving it a 3D look yet smooth. It will get more oils before waxing.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#15 posted 04-20-2011 03:20 PM

Beautiful project to start spring with, the birds have been chirping here for quite a while, although
yesterday, I think some of it was complaining about the snow squalls that kept blowing in, it is up to
a balmy 16 degrees F above zero, but the sun is shining and the sky is clear. Good to hear that you are
back in the shop and having fun with wood again. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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