I recently completed and delivered a custom table for a client. It was designed to fit a rather unique space inside a banister in her kitchen. The space was approximately 23″ deep and nearly 8 feet wide, creating a perfect opportunity for her to have a custom table built to solve this unique challenge.
The completed table awaiting delivery.
The table was designed to match her existing decór as closely as possible: she has existing banisters that we wanted to simulate with the table legs, and there were hardwood floors in the remainder of the house (not in the kitchen) that we could simulate the stain for the top.
The table installed in the client’s home.
The build process was lengthy with the large top and the two drawers. The photos below show the process to build the top. It included breadboard ends and was glued up from three red oak boards. A router was used to create the tongue and tenons of the table end and a small doweling jig helped create the mortises in the breadboard ends themselves.
The base itself took the most time as there were numerous structural members involved in getting a base as long as this to remain strong throughout its life.
In the end, the base was assembled and ready for finish. We decided on a painted base and a stained top. The base was first primed with a quality primer, sanded, and them painted with two coats of an interior satin paint. I ended up sanding this and applying a wax over the top to give it a bit of luster that more closely matched the top. I could have potentially used a semi-gloss and achieved a similar end result.
The top was stained with a water-based dye stain and then sealed with shellac and finally received three coats of a durable water-based urethane finish. It was then rubbed with 0000 steel wool and waxed to give a nice matte sheen.
It was nice to finally deliver the table (thanks to my cousin John for the help!) and see the expression on the client’s face. She seemed pleased with the final result and I hope it brings her many years of enjoyment.
This highchair was my father’s and had been sitting in an attic in Georgia for several years before it was brought down and moved back to Indiana where he grew up.
I spent a few days cleaning and sanding it and refinishing it before applying a new finish and getting it ready for another generation of use.
Here is the chair as I received it.
Here are some photos of the refinished piece. I tried to keep the same look and feel and didn’t really want to change how it may have appeared over 70 years ago.
Finally getting around to posting some updates on some of the woodworking projects I’ve been working on this year.
This quarter-sawn white oak cabinet was completed in October. It is standard table height (30″) and is meant to house those odds and ends that always seem to need a space: spare pencils and pens, paper, batteries, stamps, you name it. It will be fun to watch this one mature over the years.
I recently completed solid cherry jewelry box for a very special girl’s 5th birthday. The box is smaller version of my toolbox that I built earlier this year and is based on that design.
I used the toolbox project as the basis for my project and modified some of the proportions and layout details to fit the stock I had on hand and to include a single drawer rather than a double drawer design.
The finished box is around 16″w x 20″L x 7″H and includes a single drawer and a hinged top.
The drawer is dovetailed with poplar and includes a custom made pull.
The project took just over 4 days from start to finish. It was nicely received by its new owner. I am hopeful to make this into a retail design that can be sold locally River’s Mist Gallery in Stevensville, Montana and possible something that could be shipped across country if needed without costing a fortune.
I have include some build photos for those interested. I hope you like the overall design.
In order to make ordering easier and to avoid having to make HTML coding changes just to provide new items for sale, I have migrated my sales to Etsy.
Here is the link to the new page on Etsy.
I am currently only offering the Notecards and Playing Cards for sales on the new page, but I may eventually migrate my existing prints there as well, depending on feedback. I have scaled back significantly on web sales and have mostly been selling through galleries, but the online store makes things easier for me to manage so I might promote a bit more in the future.
Also, stay tuned for potential woodworking items for sale coming through Etsy as well. I have some commissions I am currently working on so it will be a month or so, but I hope to have them available there before the end of February.
It’s been quite a while since I posted anything and even longer since it was art-related. I was recently contacted by an Air Force Master Sergeant requesting the use of one of my drawings for the nose of a UH-1N Helicopter (a Huey to us civilian folks). I have gotten some interesting requests over the years requesting the use of my artwork on things like Christmas ornaments, t-shirts, even a Cub Scout flag, but this one really has to be the topper.
The image in question is a bust of a pronghorn antelope and is one of the few drawings of a pronghorn and one of the few color drawings I have done. Here is the original image.
Original pronghorn antelope study drawing in color.
Well, the nose art is completed and the Major Sergeant sent me the files after just a couple of weeks. They flipped the drawing and added a green tint so that it blends into the paint scheme of the helicopter. I think it turned out great and I couldn’t be more thrilled. What a wonderful Christmas present and a reminder of just how much I love seeing artwork put to unique uses!
Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!
One of the other more recent woodworking projects I’ve completed were two walnut end tables for the living room.
I decided to make the end tables compact to help cut down on clutter than might accumulate on them if there was abundant acreage sitting around waiting for magazines, glasses, and unopened mail to pile up.
I found some really beautiful walnut at the lumber yard with a piece that was nearly perfect for the table tops. It was just a wee bit undersized by about an inch so I had to joint and glue a small strip from the same board to increase the width slightly. The joint lines are nearly invisible in the finished table tops and I honestly never see them unless I look for them now.
I created a single drawer and shelf for storage of the bits and bobs that usually pile up on top of the end tables and they have worked out quite well since completing them in November.
I checked with the boss and she said they would be okay.
There’s another one just like that one at the other end of the couch…