July was an interesting month: teaching and an Open House at the Lie-Nielsen Toolworks in Warren, ME, Saturday workshops at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker community, and a furniture and art exhibit in Bar Harbor ME. In the shop there were a few small projects, and two large large pieces: a six panel low bookcase and the last Herbie project.
It was a phone panel for the Yarmouth, ME, Town Hall. The public phone is located in a hallway, under an emergency light, and near a wall post. Overall dimensions of the unit is 36″ x 76″. I decided on a frame and panel unit, with four panels, and a writing shelf with an under-hung box for phone books. The major problem was that this being about the last Herbie project, the only wood left was not of the best quality. For the frame, I had only one board long enough for the stile, and had to use a “board stretcher” to turn a wide 60″ board into one 76″ long. I re-sawed two mismatched 6/4 planks to make two pairs of book-matched panels. The lower panels are mostly sapwood, while the upper two had some very nice figured grain. Considering what I had to start with, the piece turned out surprisingly well. C. H. Becksvoort © 2011