Monday, August 18, 2014

The latest from the Woodworker's shop

   Time for a little show and tell from the woodworker, Sir Old Man.  This was the "practice project" he began to learn the techniques required for the new bed.
Hold to to your pins and needles.....this is good!


   This is made of  quarter sawn  white oak---expensive and harder to get---and curly maple for the drawer inside.    Once the pieces were cut and fitted, Sir Old Man built a fuming tent.  All the pieces were fumed with ammonia to give them the aged look he wanted.  The light stripe area, which is sap wood,  did not darken.....he was a little disappointed about this at first.   


   From the side you can see more sap wood that was used for the spindles.  The spindles are not glued in.  He used/learned the mortise and tendon technique for them.  Note the slightly taper legs.....it took  a while to figure that part out and then to make a "jig" to get just the right cut.

   The drawer......he found a special knob that he liked.  And now there is a spot for the remote control devices!  But there is more.....


   He added a secret compartment to the drawer.  He thought I could not/would not be able to discover the latch.  Aha!  Found it.   


   The sides of the drawer are curly maple.  And check out those dove tails.  Aren't they beautiful?   The little details bespeak his attention to detail and perfection.  So why does he put up with me, I wonder.


   The drawer face is another little detail he worked hard on. He wanted the grain lines to match up......so the drawer front and the stretcher piece underneath it had to be cut from the same board.  He got it perfect, I think.  
   The finished top is really that reflective.  It feels smooth as glass.   He spent at least a week  on the hand rubbed finish with a special concoction/recipe from one of the master woodworker's at his guild.  

   So I say practice is over,Sir Old Man,  time to get to the real stuff!!  

19 comments:

  1. I say he's already made the real stuff... lovely stuff... it'd be perfect in my craftsmen livingroom.
    Thanks for sharing his talents.
    Hugs

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  2. Debbie - this is gorgeous! (Our son is a woodworker so I know a little about attention to detail when it comes to wood.) The white oak is beautiful and the craftsmanship makes the piece. I've never heard of fuming but I'll be asking DS if he has. This practice piece will be enjoyed! ~Jeanne

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  3. Wow, that is beautiful! I worked at a custom woodworking shop with master craftsman and that is as beautiful as anything that came out of the shop. I even like the different colors, it really shows the grain. Tell him Encore! Encore! it's time for the bed.

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  4. Truly a one-of-a-kind. I like the blond wood. It adds character.

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  5. Gorgeous table! I really love that stripe area on the top. In my eyes, that makes the whole top unique and is the perfect touch.

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  6. Beautiful work, he's definitely talented.

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  7. This is so beautiful Debbie!! Your husband is very talented!

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  8. That is a beautiful table! My husband was a woodworker too and I love to see the grain and the different colors in the wood. I like the light streak. It is a one of a kind table, an original.

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  9. Most excellent! Two thumbs up to Sir Old Man!! :-)

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  10. Did you hear my jaw hit the floor?!? GORGEOUS! Of course, the fact that my home is furnished in mission style/arts and crafts style furniture might have something to do with why my heart is racing at the sight of this. : )
    I think my DH needs a hobby!!!

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  11. Oh, what a lovely piece of work. The sap wood is beautiful in the piece. . . . I love it. I don't have the patience for woodworking but I have a deep appreciation for those that do.

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  12. I thought of my Dad thru this whole post - he was a master woodsman and woodworker - He would smile and run a loving hand over every part of this piece. I would say Sir Old Man has the touch!

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  13. Oh my goodness, that table is gorgeous! Fabulous... just fabulous! Can't wait to see the bed he's planning to make!

    Both of you are meticulous in your work, btw...

    :)

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  14. That man is a keeper!
    Hes done a wonderful job there, a craftsman without a shadow of doubt ~

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  15. What a work of art he has created for his lady love...the attention to detail, the hours spent honing his craft and all those little added intricacies that make this such a special labor of love. You are very fortunate to have each other.
    Thanks for sharing this with us.

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  16. Give me a "practice project" any day of the week. That is absolutely beautiful. I just don't even have the words to tell you how beautiful I think this piece is. What a fantastic work of love you have there.

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  17. Stunning gorgeous table. I admire the workmanship put into creating this fine piece of furniture. Mr. Woodworker is very talented. You are very fortunate. Wood and Fabric...Creative Bliss...

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  18. His work is amazing. Look at those precise corners and joins! You are both so talented.

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