July Shop Notes

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

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