Drawings Repository – Animals

Over the next several days I will be working to move my drawings onto my WordPress site as I have decommissioned my website. I have started with the Animal drawings as they were generally the ones people were most interested in.

 

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Ice Cream Cart

I was recently hired to build an mobile ice cream cart by BRICS, a locally owned ice cream shop here in Indy. They were looking for something that could be used at shows and would support the weight of a fully loaded ice cream scooping chest. We began the process by creating a 3D model of the idea in SketchUp.

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The SketchUp plan of the proposed cart design.

Once we had agreement on the design, I purchased the materials and began construction.

Once the build was complete, I had to figure out a way to create a barnwood / distressed / antique look. I was really reluctant to use a stain because of the extremely artificial look that these can sometimes produce. I did some research on the web and came up with something that looked intriguing, iron acetate, basically steel wood dissolved in vinegar… yep, sounds weird but I was determined to give it a shot…

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Steel wool pads slowly dissolving in white vinegar. The surgical gloves have holes in them to avoid the gas that is produced from the mixture from blowing the tops off.

After 4 days of stewing in the jars, the finish was ready to test. Here are the initial results.

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An unfinished board on the left, the individual pieces used in the project each finished to see how they might react.

It was a pretty solid result. I thought that with some oil finish applied over the top it just might work. The client gave the go ahead and it was on to the point of no return… applying the finish to the cart.

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The finish created a fairly nice result.

With the build and finishing completed, it was time to deliver the project. This is the most stressful part for me usually but I was happy that it was received well.

It was really great working with such a great client and I hope we can work together in the future.

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The completed cart with ice cream chest and company logo installed.

A Custom Table

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Refinishing my Father’s Highchair

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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.

Quarter-sawn White Oak Cabinet

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.

Completed Jewelry Box

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.

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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.

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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.

I am Finally on Etsy

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.