Sunday, June 21, 2009

Mission Style Maple & Oak Rotating Bookcase

I just finished this piece. It is my interpretation of the antique rotating bookcase in the previous post. I used hard Maple for the shelves and fumed Oak for the upright stiles. The pegs are hand cut from Maple as well.

The Maple spline detail adds strength to the base as well as a terrific contrasting accent. It didn't take long for Jennifer to fill it up once came in the house! It spins like a dream too.

Antique Rotating Bookcase

This was found a few years ago through an ad in the paper. It needed a little TLC as the joints were failing and the wood had split apart on the top shelf. Some of the old wood plugs were missing too. It still worked well and holds a great many books.
The turning mechanism is actually five round balls in the base.

This is the refinished piece. I was careful to clean the surface without removing any of the original patina.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Mission Oak Plant Stands

I created a pattern from an old plant stand we had kicking about the house. When the boys were little, they used it as a table/work surface while playing and it came in handy for so many other things that I thought I should build more. They are extremely sturdy too.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Eastern European Workbench

Back in 2001 I began work on my own Eastern European workbench.
It is made from hard Maple and the top is Walnut. It was nice to be able to build to a comfortable height that works well for me.
The plans came from an issue of American Woodworker magazine.
The two vices and adjustable dogs are very handy for various sized projects.
It's a true workhorse in the shop.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Mission Oak Computer Bridge

I have had a big old Oak desk since I was a student in college. It was in sorry shape for many years and after restoring it decided I needed something more efficient than having all my computer stuff on the work surface thus limiting the amount of space I had to actually work at the desk. I came up with the idea of a "computer bridge." It holds my printer on top, out of the way and the little box cubbyholes on either side under the top self hold my speakers. It keeps the clutter off the work surface and helps things stay tidy and organised. Someday we will likely have a lap top instead of the the old PC but for now it works very well.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Shop Counter

Jennifer has a little shop on our property called the Milkhouse Gallery. It's in an old stone building. She wanted an old fashioned shop counter but as finances and availability were limited she came up with the idea to use a couple of old doors. The front of the counter uses a door with a window in it so we have instant display space.
The sides are another old door.
Here is the finished counter. The top is an old piece of slate found for free on our way home from church one Sunday. Behind the right side of the cabinet are shelves to hold necessities like tissue paper and bags. I'm pretty pleased with the results.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Oak Resting Box

Jennifer met a woman whose daughter had recently passed away. Try as she might, she couldn't find a suitable container for her ashes. So, she enlisted my help in creating the perfect final resting place.
She was so very thrilled with the results. (This piece was designed for actual burial.)

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Frames, Mirrors & Shadowboxes

We lost a big Manitoba Maple during the massive ice storm that hit Eastern Ontario years back. It was large enough to have some of it milled into lumber. The wood came out Spalted due to the moisture getting into it and beginning to rot. It makes for a lovely effect on the wood. I make almost all of Jennifer's shadowboxes for her work. Each one a little different.
Here are a pair of Oak frames using lap joints and the square peg detail.
Another of Jennifer "finds," an old English tile, found its way into a custom Oak frame.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Stickley Mission Oak End Tables

These end tables are from our living room. Made of Oak with drop leaf sides, they are perfect for the living or family room.
This is of the same design as the one above but has a magazine rack on the bottom.