Monday, January 21, 2019

a quartered oak hanging cabinet

i finished this cabinet up on Christmas eve, around 10 in the morning ...
just in time, as the clients arrived Christmas day from connecticutt.
i took this project on in august, thinking i would still have at least one employee
into october.  turns out, my last one left just after labor day, leaving me with
a 10'6" wall hung cabinet to navigate and install on my own ... 
lots of dominos and pocket screws to join the 2 halves of the long cabinet
i next had to figure out how it was going to hang ...
fortunately, there was a 7" high baseboard that the back of the the
bottom of the cabinet could rest on ... if i got my hanger system right.
1/4 x 2 steel on the cabinet, rabbeted wood on the wall ...
with long screws ...
 once i had that all figured out, i had to figure how the cabinet doors would slide ...
 i had my mini mockup to test my runner concept
 1/8 th
1/8 th inch x 1/2" brass strips 'pointed' on the table saw to 
accept some little wheels typically used on sliding glass display cabinet doors 
 tricky setup and fancy waste

all hanging good and ready for doors
i had to have sam make up some hardware for the veneered sliding doors
kind of a fussy inlay job with the points, but a 1/8th " router bit and a good 
template on the cnc did most of the work
doors are in
a little finish to match the window trim and we were good to go ... 
great clients .. sam did these steel railings and
i made the wood parts for the clients last year ...
it's a really nice house .. shout out to ramsay gourd architects
and ian jensen, vermont country builders
more photos of this house on ian's website at the link above

Monday, January 7, 2019

Stuff for sale

Having scaled back my back my business a bit, and given some shop space to Will, 
I now have some extra tools on hand that are looking for a new home.  They are all in decent shape for used stuff, and ready to plug in and go to work.  There are a bunch of them, so this will be a longish post.  Some prices are firm, and some are more negotiable than others.  Call or email if you want to discuss any of these items.  contact info on the home page. Thanks! And happy new year.
all stuff to be picked up in dorset, vermont or blanket wrapped shipped by my local shipper .. not crating here.  we'll start off slow and work up to the good stuff ...
tormek super grind 2000 ... some accessories .. lightly used
$350.  ....   SOLD !!
radial arm saw .. sears .. 1980s .. 10"  i admit not many folks 
use these these days but we rough cut boards to length with it for 35 years
works good  ... $100.
a sandblast cabinet and gun and portable set up
it's not mine, but the owner can't take it back, and i need to get it out 
of my garage ... all hoses and fittings, etc.  it may need some work as we have 
not used it for at least five years .. $250. .. negotiable

i have two shapers and i'm willing to sell one of them.
delta workhorse shaper .. two fences, small and large with dust collection hood... 
the other cast iron wing can be found
220, reversing motor and 1/2', 3/4" and 1" spindles.  
custom paint job by sam and will circa 1992.
 the other one is below
large fence with dust collection hood, 220, reversing motor,
custom knife head shown is not included, but other knife holders
and knives are available
shaper only, with fence and other cast iron wing, 1/2 and 3/4 spindles
$1450. excellent condition ..
both shapers are tapped for this power feed.
variable speed, reversing motor, 110
not sure if i want to sell it but i am willing to negotiate a package deal 
for either shaper that might include the shaper, the power feed, some 
cope and stick cutters, raised panel cutters, and assorted custom knives.  photos available ..
call to discuss this .. 802-867-5541

blue hole royalex river canoe .. indestructible!
great shape .. $300. firm. includes one paddle and one semi ratty life jacket
a powermatic floor model mortiser .. model 219a?
no tilting table.  mobile base  SOLD !!
1/4",5/16ths, 3/8ths" ,1/2", 5/8ths and 3/4" bits, 
all in good shape .. sharpening lesson included
$850. takes it all away ...
antique (1950s) delta homecraft 8" saw
home built mobile base and dust box.  original fences and boxes! i think.
3/4 horse ... smooth and quiet ... my first table saw ..
rockwell 10" contractors saw, 110/220, 1.5 hp,
mobile base and dust box .. motor unplugs for moving
was a great second saw in my shop for years
all cast iron top and accurate fence ... $450.
better photo possible on request.
a very fine piece of vermont verde antique marble
20 x 66 x 1.125 .. would make a great coffee table 
or console top.  all edges polished
$500. a smaller matching piece, same marble, +/- 12 x 24 also .. $150.
and for you die hard film fans out there, a 2.25" square 
rolleiflex.  takes pictures almost as sharp as this one i took 
with my iphone.  just googled it .. BIG BUCKS! 'COLLECTIBLE'  who knew?
$550. buy it now ...
all for now .. more to come ... 
stanley 45 molding plane .. a classic ,
original set of cutters, all in a custom pine
box by dan ... perfect shape .. $250.
if i had to guess, i'd say i made the box in 1978, 
while i was still a carpenter ... i remember being very proud of it .
seven wood body, steel threads parallel wood clamps, 
about a 5" reach .... $100. for all ...
nice wood jointer plane .. 26" ?  at least
perfect sole and a good iron and chip breaker .. $85.00
made in poland machinist's height gauge also in
a fine wooden storage box ... 
comes with a 12 x 18 x 2.5" granite flat test plate by metroplate
take it all for $375.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

a custom stair rail

just before christmas we installed the final sections of 
this custom stair rail a local clients house. 
we have been working with this client for, literally, years ... 
we made seme nice cherry shelves when my brother in law was
redoing the masonry of the fireplaces, and then a few years back we made
a nice cherry bar ... here's a link to that project
and after that we made four new vanities, also in cherry ...
we talked about replacing the existing stair rail for 
quite a while, and i made several sketches and drawings, 
finally settling on the tapered 3/8th steel spindles we had 
cut by wayne jones metal shop and his cnc plasma cutter.
from the cad drawing we made some full size mdf templates 
that we checked and adjusted (slightly), on site
since they were to be finished with a custom powder coat by
we test fitted them before the powder coat, which
turned out to be a good plan in one case ... 

anyway, the finish was beautiful.
it was a 'translucent' powder finish which meant the
fabrication marks were still somewhat visible giving the 
railing more of a 'handmade' look.
we made the handrails in the wood shop and installed the last sections the day
before the clients arrived for the holidays .. nip and tuck ...

Tuesday, January 1, 2019


well ok .. Happy New Year !!!
wishing you and your families a healthy, happy and prosperous new year!
and even though i claimed to be 'over the hump' back in october,
it is only actually this week that i truly am over it ... i just noticed that for the first time in over 10 years i did not write a blog post for over two months ... hard to imagine, but now i am back.
we had a very relaxing new years eve at  home for only the second time in
oh, 37 years?  until last year, we had a yearly ongoing party with the same folks, at the same house.
since 1981. when there were seven pregnant ladies in attendance .. 6 boys in that crop.
starting the new year with a clean slate in my to do book ...  several confirmed projects 
on the list, a new table order today, and some other possibilities likely ...
looks like a good start
i even had some time yesterday for a drawing and a painting ..
'story books' above, and 'fireworks' below 
 2019 here we come ...