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Project by Mike Shea posted 04-19-2008 08:39 AM 2111 views 8 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this is my third commision and i am staying busy so i cant complain. however i must say that woodworking for a living just isnt as much fun as woodworking as a hobyist. on this most recent job i found myself complaining more than a few times. my mom had to pull me asside and remind me that woodworking for a job is what i had always asked for. i pulled myself together and finished the job. as i stood back and took a wide glance at my finish product the gradification was overwellming. i was very happy. the credenza was made from hard maple. the turned posts and bun feet were turned on my new oliver lathe. the casework was made with dadoes and the top and bottom mouldings were made by layering diferent router profiles to create an ornate profile. the wood was then stained a redish poo poo collor. but came out just how the client wanted it. but anyways i used anyline dyes, orange glaze and a gel stain to achieve the collor. i finished it with a thin coat of shellac and beeswaz. worked out magnificently. mad props to the wood whisperer,”marc” for help on the colloring.

-- i can do all things through christ who strengthens me





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ND2ELK

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#1 posted 04-19-2008 09:51 AM

Hi Mike

Beautiful cabinet! Outstanding job! You should be proud of this one. Your are becoming quite a craftsman. I guess I like poo poo colors. I think the finish is great. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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acanthuscarver

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#2 posted 04-19-2008 10:54 AM

An amazing piece. The creative use of the router in the moldings is very good. Your turnings are clean and well executed. A few more years under your belt, and a lot more projects, and woodworking for a living will gain back some of the fun it had when it was just a hobby. The color is pretty typical for pieces made in maple, so don’t put yourself down too much. The finish looks great. The way I always look at it when a client picks a color I am not fond of is “the customer is always right, even when they’re wrong they’re right”. Great job. Good luck with your career. Feel free to email me if you have questions or just want to bounce an idea off someone. Keep up the good work.

-- Chuck Bender, Senior Editor Popular Woodworking Magazine, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 04-19-2008 12:21 PM

Mike,

You did a good job on the cabinet. Your turned legs, arched doors and edge profiles add visual interest to the piece. The color of the cabinet looks even and well done. I have to agree that the color and finish look good. Despite you personal misgivings you did a good job with the piece.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Callum Kendall

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#4 posted 04-19-2008 12:59 PM

Nice work Mike!

Thanks for the post

Callum

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dlcarver

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#5 posted 04-19-2008 01:06 PM

Looks like a PRO did it. Great job, Mike.

Dave

-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,http://dlcarver.etsy.com

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Chris Davis

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#6 posted 04-19-2008 01:58 PM

Great piece. I like that you even turn your own post. Most people, like myself, look to oursource that part of the project. Good overall skills. Love the humor in the write-up too.

-- Watch live video from our shop. http://wwbeds.com/live.htm

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RAH

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#7 posted 04-19-2008 03:05 PM

I would be proud to say I built this Mike, I wish I had your talent. I feel the same way about staining wood, I built a blanket chest for my son and his new wife out of cherry and they wanted it stained, I did.

Tell your mom we said thanks for shaking your around a bit, we may have never seen this.
Ron

-- Ron Central, CA

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Roper

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#8 posted 04-19-2008 03:25 PM

you go mike. that is a very nice piece of furniture,your client will be very happy.keep up the good work.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust- www.roperwoodturning.com

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Douglas Bordner

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#9 posted 04-19-2008 03:53 PM

I’m sure it’s hard to give up the design vision of your own to satisfy the customer’s, but that’s the nature of the beast – and it pays for new lathes and other goodies like food and rent. I’m glad to hear you’re staying busy.
I think you have done solid work here. Now how about some more of your amazing bridge series of boxes.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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CharlieM1958

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#10 posted 04-19-2008 04:36 PM

That is a fantastic job, Mike. The construction and finish are outstanding. But you confirm my doubts about whether I’d actually like to do it for a living. It’s more fun on my own terms.

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

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Woodshopfreak

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#11 posted 04-19-2008 04:45 PM

I guess I like the poo poo color as well. I think it looks great. Nice job.

-- Tyler, Illinois

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lightweightladylefty

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#12 posted 04-19-2008 05:33 PM

What an outstanding piece! PTL anyway! Philippians 2:14

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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GaryK

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#13 posted 04-19-2008 05:46 PM

Great looking job! Nice and clean!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#14 posted 04-19-2008 05:46 PM

Great job!

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#15 posted 04-19-2008 06:19 PM

That is a truly beautiful credenza Mike. I love the design. The owners should be extremely happy with it. Good Job!

-- Martin, Kansas

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