It’s not quite winter yet, but it’s on the way. We had two days of flurries, that didn’t amount to much. On the other hand, it was easier to take than the foot or so they got in Northern Maine. So I guess we’ve been lucky up to now. It’s only a matter of time…
After a few months of work, many headaches, and way more time than I’d planned on, the two huge Herbie tables were finally delivered. The tops are single boards, 50″ wide and 112″long. The bases are polished stainless steel tubing. Now that those two giants were out of the way, I actually got a few other projects going in the shop. First, an oval walnut mirror, 24″ x 36″. Working with cherry constantly, it’s a real treat to use black walnut for a change. It turned out well, and even has a bit of figure in the top and bottom curves.The big November project was a blanket box. I’d been saving five slabs of clear white pine for almost 18 years. Good and dry. Single boards, all the way around. After trimming the sapwood, the case was still 21″ tall. Liking the looks of the walnut mirror, I decided that the box needed a little contrast. Nice dark walnut molding around the lid. To avoid ribs under the lid to keep it flat, I ran a dovetail groove into the pine ends, and incorporated a dovetail directly into the molding, which worked well and looks pretty cool. Here is the back of the case.The molding is chamfered along the top and bottom edges. To give the box a bit more of a contemporary look, I did away with the traditional bracket base, and instead, set it on an inset black walnut plinth. It also makes the case look a bit lighter. It’s actually quite heavy, with it’s red cedar lining. Lastly, I had a chance to use those beautiful custom made Damascus steel hinges. What a gem, and FWW turned it down.
The last project was a hymn number board for the First Universalist Church in Yarmouth, Maine. This too, was made of left over Herbie wood (American elm). Nice color contrast, a gorgeous slab with a bevel on the top edge, a natural edge on the left side, and a rough-cut bottom edge. It is roughly 18″ x 24″
Facebook? Am I kidding, after the diatribe I posted in September 2011? Well, yes and no. I do have a facebook page, but it’s run by my wife. So you’ll get a bit of overlap, some of the same stuff and maybe even a different point of view. We’ll see who is more consistent. So far I have 86 monthly posts.
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