Friday, October 30, 2020

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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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frontpage “Vintage Stanley" Facts About Old Planes

There’s so much information on the internet as well as written sources on Stanley planes it would be silly for me to try to write up some lengthy blog on Stanley planes. Instead, I’ll just point out a few interesting facts and if you really want to dig into it, I’ll provide a list of some of the best sources for further research. 

Stanley Planes has its origin in 1843 when Frederick T. Stanley founded The Stanley Works. Located in New Britain, Connecticut, his company manufactured hinges, bolts and other door hardware. As time went on there was the merging of some businesses and the take over of others, but by the late 1860s metal planes became popular and Stanley managed to corner the market. Leonard Bailey was the greatest contributor to Stanley’s success. His 1867 patents for plane improvements contributed to the beginning of what we know of today as Stanley type planes. There are different styles of Stanley planes, but Bailey is by far the most common. Another style is the Bedrock, and I find the origin of the Bedrock a bit confusing. In some references I’ve seen it listed as one of Leonard Bailey’s patents; in other sources, the patents are listed under other names. The differences between it and the Bailey seem to be pretty minimal with most having to do with the frog and the way it mates with the bottom casting. Most references to the Bedrock indicate it is a slightly better style, but I’ve never compared the two. Currently, Lie-Nielsen owns the patient and makes very high quality and expensive Bedrock style planes. More information on the Bedrock can be found in the references below. 

Read more: 19 Aug 2019 Vintage Stanley Planes

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