Yesterday I finished a desk for Sarah to take to school with her this fall. It has a cherry frame, with spalted birds-eye maple top and drawers.Desk made of cherry with spalted birds-eye maple top and drawers I built for Sarah in 2019.
The Boss wants a new set of kitchen chairs to go with the kitchen table I made last winter. I started the prototype today.
The legs and seat rails are made of cherry, and the back rails are maple. The seat will also be maple. I’ll update this as this prototype is finished and more come into existence.
23 April 2017: legs tapered. Everything on the chair sanded and assembled. All mortise-&-tenon joints pinned with walnut dowels. Finally, two braces installed on the insides of each leg joint – one high and one low on the joint. Only one of these inner braces is installed right now; the second set will be installed after the seat is attached. Hopefully, this is enough stabilization of these joints to allow me to get away with no lower struts on the legs.
23 August 2017: Finally, all the chairs are finished, so the kitchen table and chair set is complete!
I started a new project today – a dining room table for Mary Poulson’s new house. My plan is for this to be a trestle table, with a cherry base and a maple top. This evening I got started by planing and cutting the cherry boards to size for the trestle base. I’ll update this post as I make progress. UPDATE: 13 April 2014, Turned the cut pieces into the finished cherry base today. See the second picture in the gallery above. UPDATE: 19 April 2014, Went to Sharp’s Lumber on Little Squam Lake this morning and got some beautiful curly maple boards for the table top. When I got home, I planed them, squared and biscuited the butt joints, and glued up the main surface. The top has beautiful figure in it! UPDATE: 19 July 2014, Gave table to Mary at her retirement party yesterday.
I started building a new rocker for Gail. This one is also to be a Maloof-style rocker. It’ll be made of cherry, with walnut accents. I started it just after Christmas (2012) when I finished the dining chairs. Here’s a gallery of the process.
I’ll update this post and add to the gallery as the chair progresses.
UPDATE 1 January 2013 – I spent much of New Year’s Day shaping the legs (see the third picture in the gallery). Work is great when the radio is good. Summer weekends are always good because there’s baseball on the radio. Today one of our local stations was playing the Beatles A-Z – the entire Beatles catalog in alphabetical order. Spokeshaving to the Beatles is a good thing.
UPDATE 20 January 2013 – Legs and armrests attached to the seat. It’s starting to look like a chair.
UPDATE 11 March 2013 – Spindles finished and inserted into seat and crest rail.
UPDATE 17 March 2013 – Crest rail shaped to resemble the outline of an owl’s head. Gail is an ornithologist, so I thought it was fitting.
UPDATE 24 March 2013 – Glued up first laminated rocker. These are made by milling 3/8″ x 2″ x 53″ strips of cherry. I added one 1/8″ strip of walnut for an accent in the stack. From top to bottom the stack is 2 cherry, 1 walnut, 4 cherry.
UPDATE 12 April 2013 – Shaped rockers are now attached to the chair. It’s now officially a rocking chair. Handmade with one or two imperfections, but that proves it’s handmade. Can you find them?
UPDATE 14 April 2013 – The legs are now carved into the rockers. All that’s left is final sanding and then finishing.
UPDATE 26 April 2013 – IT’S DONE. Gail’s new owl rocker.