Recently good friends decided they wanted to install a ‘booth’ in their kitchen and dispense with a ‘space eating’ kitchen table and chairs. I volunteered to help. This project gave me the opportunity to dress the booth seats up with raised panels and it also gave me the opportunity to work with re-claimed chestnut for their new table top. The end result is gorgeous!
Amazing how things work out sometime…..
In March ’17 an Upstate SC Anglican church emailed me with a photo of an antique Gothic Pulpit.
“Can you build this?”, was the question.
“Maybe”, I responded, “Let’s talk.”
After a meeting with the church Rector and a little pre-design ciphering we agreed to proceed and, 4 months later, the pulpit was completed.
Without a doubt this is the most complicated piece I’ve ever done or will probably ever do. There are, seemingly, no plans or even dimensions for this type of pulpit on the internet, in books, or anywhere else I could find so it all had to be ‘created’.
It is made of Cherry because the original intention was a pulpit of ‘medium color’. However, after the pieces started coming together the Rector decided to go dark, so I finished it with a Red Mahogany stain and several top coats of General Finishes Oil/Urethane blend (hand applied). This thing would have been amazing in Mahogany or Sapele, but, what can you do….
Many, many lessons learned on this build….for example, how to dial in a perfect 22.5 degree cut; heavily pigmented stain application techniques; angled bandsaw cuts, just to name a few.
It now sits in the church, my shop looks barren and undergoing a major cleanup/re-org, and I’m beginning to look to the next build. Probably something simple.
Even though I built these tables a number of years ago I’ve finally gotten around to taking some pictures and posting them on my site. Nuttin’ fancy but lots of character. My family loves these tables….
In April I was contacted via CustomMade to see if I could build a very special piece. After some questions and rumination we decided to forge ahead. I’ve decided not to publish what this is all about simply because it is so unique….I’ve never known of another craftsman to build such a piece of furniture. Anyway, I’ve already started and am making good progress. Maybe I can publish the result is a month or so. Maybe.
Another ‘new’ addition to the website is another piece completed some time ago. This is a writing desk patterned after an advertisement I saw in a magazine while sitting in a dentist’s office. I loved the shape and size of the desk and even though I had no personal use for it I just had to build it. So I drew up some plans and went at it. It is now in the loving care of my son and his beautiful bride.
I’ve added a gallery of an entertainment center I did a number of years ago. It is essentially a milk painted with a light glazing two door cabinet with adjustable shelves. I built this for my daughter and her family as a Christmas gift and I’m proud to say that it’s still a part of their Family Room decor!
After all these years as a craftsman I’ve finally built my own, professional workbench. Solid Maple with Cumaru accents with all new Benchcrafted hardware. I wish I could say that I designed this bench but, truth be told, I built this under the tutelage of Marc Spagnuolo, The Wood Whisperer. He provided excellent plans and video ‘how to’s’ and I did the work. If you’re interested in Wood Working I’d suggest you check him out at www.woodwhisperer.com.