Saturday, September 14, 2019


I have been a bit lax in my blogging for the last year or so. 
 as I finished the previous post about an art deco sideboard, out of
curiosity, I clicked on the 'stats' page … it has changed since the
last time I looked when it showed 30 day visits and you had to manually 
enter dates to view total page visits
here's where we are as of September 6th …

 one million, seven hundred seventy three thousand, eight hundred and forty five page views!!!

so, thank you readers.  I hope you have enjoyed your visits here,
and I am flattered by your attention.  I will keep writing occasionally, but
certainly not like I did from 2010 to 2014 when I was trying to share and document 
everything I did so I could remember the process and explain how we did things both 
to my employees who maybe weren't here for a particular project, or were 
working on something else, and also so as I aged, I could remember 
how things were done my own self.

as I look back through the 900 some blog posts, I am amazed and honored
at the number and variety of complex and rewarding projects our clients
have allowed us to create … 
Onward we go!
steel base for a slab table post 36,401 views

Friday, September 6, 2019

a nice walnut sideboard

we recently finished this mirrored art deco styled bar cabinet, and 
today we got a confirmation of delivery and a nice note... 
this new cabinet was a 'simplified' version of the original cabinet below that we made for another client way, way back in 2009
they are both stained/painted pieces, one with gray mirrors with a back, and the 
original with an open back ... both were fun and challenging projects.
cad  comparison
early stages ... mortises tenons and tapers on the cnc
the openings were filled in with walnut ply, allowing spaces for the mirrors
and some 'speed racks' on the doors ..
installed the grey mirrors and sent it on its way ...

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Another Claro Walnut Slab Table

well, OK … this semi retirement thing must be ok … after writing
many posts per month since November of 2007, I just noticed I 
haven't posted anything since april … i'm still working, but I only need 
a little work to keep myself out of trouble all week, and the nephew busy Tuesdays and Wednesday. I seem to be good for about 5 or 6 hours a day. in by 9:00, hour for lunch with a nap, off to the golf course or the tennis court by 3:30 or 4:00 ... it has been a great summer, and
the pressure is off of the marketing department …
work continues to roll in more or less at about the right pace … 
here's one we finished back in june ..
the process was typical .. we have made about 50 of them ...
pictures and notes below.
the raw slab from goodhope hardwoods
adjust in photoshop to the clients dimensions and request for 'straightened edges'
the client requested a new design trestle steel base
 made a new model with the new base design

sam whipped it up
while Kristian and I did a few repairs
and laid out the 'straightened edges with placemats
you can see the cuts in the photo with the green tape
all in, all done … out the door in early july

Saturday, April 13, 2019

a mid century modern walnut table

long story coming up here ... after 35 + years of having employees
to help me figure things out, i am on my own now ...
working by myself mostly, enjoying the rhythms of work,
rediscovering rusty processes, and learning a new
cnc drawing and toolpathing program
on we go, into our 70s ....
i (we) have done this design numerous times,
the first time somewhere around 2014
this one is a 60" round with 1 20" leaf ...
lookin good in its new home

started with some matched irion lumber walnut
glued it up and cut the half rounds and the leaf ends on the cnc
drilled the holes and inserted the pins with our long time
 trusty custom hole and pin and drilling jig

cut the base parts on the cnc
wrestled with many clamps to glue them up
cut the square edge apron parts
joined them together with dominos and pocket screws
routed a half round pocket in a piece of mdf and used the 45 degree
bit to create the angles on the apron pieces below

all together now ...
a little finishing with some dull rubbed poly ..
off to connecticutt ...

Sunday, March 31, 2019

an oval mahogany table

ok .. we finished this one a couple weeks ago, 
and it is leaving for chicago next week ....
the clients have been motorcycling in the southwest for the last month or so
it's one of our 'standard' (if theres i such a thing in custom woodworking)
center pedestal ovals ... they are fun and challenging and infinitely variable
this is probably the 7th or 8th version we have done
ribbon stripe mahogany ...
i cut the two glued up panels on the cnc and used the
negative shapes to glue up the two halves ...
there was no 12/4 ribbon stripe so i had to glue up some 8/4 for the base pieces,
and some 5/4 for the veritcal elements
the process is to miter them and glue up two halves as shown below

 looks a little dangerous maybe, but it actually doesn't seem too bad
add some dominos and pocket screws ...
 clamping the halves together can be a bit tricky and there
is some fussy final fitting involved to get a good joint in there
 add some low curves to the half lapped base pieces

 oh yeah, the oval aprons add a challenge
 headed out ot its new home soon ....