Wednesday, April 01, 2020

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frontpage “Air Filtration" Making the Shop Safer

This past weekend, Jules and I hung a new Air Filtration system in the shop. The purpose is to clean more air to make it safer for us to work in the shop. It has the added benefit of reducing dust particles when it comes to finishing time. It is actually pretty quiet so it can run while I'm working. It has three speeds and a timer to allow it to be left on when I'm finished working at the end of the day. It was quite a challenge to get it on the ceiling but a few ratchet straps helped us hold it while I bolted it to some 2x6s I secured to studs

Read more: 17 Mar 2020 Air Filtration System

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frontpage “Custom Build" Walnut with Maple String Inlay

Custom furniture is not cheap and I completely understand why most people don't want to pay the extra cost. In most situations, you can find a great piece of furniture that will meet your needs for a fraction of the cost of a custom-built project. But if you find yourself in need of a unique piece for a specific location and a specific function, then often custom furniture is the only way to get exactly what you need.

I just recently built this custom piece for one of my regular customers. We've worked together on several projects and this was just another of the great projects I was given the opportunity to help them with. It is an electronics cabinet built to fit under the TV in a very small room. It was critical that it fit exactly and not take up any more space than necessary. This walnut 34" by 34" cabinet is only 6" deep. It's mounted on a French cleat to allow it to hang on the wall to avoid the baseboard and to ensure it would be stable given its narrow shape. All the electronics are tucked neatly behind two doors with a hole cut for handles (this increases the airflow for cooling the electronics). It has a 1/16" string inlay around the door to give is just a subtle bit of color. 

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Read more: 9 Feb 2020 Custom Builds

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frontpage “Greene & Greene Style Hickory Mirror" with Walnut Plugs

I've always loved Greene and Greene style furniture, but it hasn't fit in the decor of the cabin too well. I finally found a way to make it work with this mirror in our front room. It is a small space so this large mirror over the hickory and walnut coat rack works perfectly in the space. 

I deviated from the normal G&G style by using hickory to match the other cabin furniture instead of oak. And I used walnut for the plugs instead of ebony. It was a fun build.

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frontpage “Handcut Dovetails" Using Hand Tools

If you follow my blog, you know I’ve recently taken quite an interest in hand tools, especially planes. Over the past twelve years, I’ve perfected many of my woodworking skills but I’ve relied almost exclusively on power. 

I’ve always wanted to improve my hand tools skills, but I’ve always had a personal project or commission I wanted or needed to complete first. I didn’t want to take the time to stop and learn to use hand tools when I knew I could get the job done with my power tools. 

Read more: 21 Oct 2019 Handcut Dovetails

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