Monday, June 6, 2016

GOVERNMENT STYLE PARK BENCH

Alright This customer stopped

by with this 
naked metal bench, badly in need of wood.
 Now the reason I call this a Government style bench 
is usually our money is no object for them to spend
and most people couldn't afford a bench of this nature.
This customer found it at a yard sale for a very good price
and wire brushed it and gave it a good coat of paint.
It was decided Southern Cherry was the wood of choice
and would go well with the bench frame color.
I cut and processed the 21 Cherry slats and he picked them up
for the clear coat, this was done to save money.
 when brought them back he also supplied the fasteners which was
 84 bolts washers and nuts, YIKES,
That was a lot of hole drilling.
Anyway it turned out well and become a bench anyone would be proud 
to own.
Don't forget to click on the photo to enlarge.


 TABLE FOR THE BIG GREEN EGG

All right It's been a while and time to update here.

Had a customer stop by the shop and told me he had bought a komoto cooker
 also known as the Big Green Egg, some time back But didn't want the table they offered with it an option, because of price. So after looking and studding the cooker a bit
 It was agreed I would build the table for him, but he would have to go shopping 
for the pressure treat wood and wheels etc.
I also decided I didn't need the lid to it as that would be just something else to handle at the shop.
 I gave him the list and soon the materials arrived and I got started.
As I built the table I decided to make sure all the fasteners {screws}
were on the bottom side

away from the weather as much as possible { no screws on top}.
This would help the wood as much as possible weather Florida's ever changing 
environment.
Well when it came time to install the wheels, I discovered they where gigantic.
 I had to cut and install a type of skirt around the base of the 3" legs to 
create the necessary  surface area for the castor plate to mount to
but it looked fine and will do the job. this is the only area where 
the fasteners are exposed to the weather. 


Saturday, March 5, 2016

TURKEY OAK TABLE

Well it's been a while again sense I updated here.

Had a customer stop by and was interested in having a dinning room table made.
As we talked I learned they wanted sort of a rustic table with character
 and they would like it about 36" wide, no problem, and 10 feet long, Problem.
If the stock was available 10' in length,  that's doable, but the species of wood 
decided on was Turkey Oak, More on that in a second.
 The majority of hard woods in my shop are 8' in length, tho I do have longer in some species.
The Turkey Oak was 8' in length and random width, so I told them I could stretch it 
 to maybe 9' by doing a bread board end technique which they were happy with that.
  Now Turkey Oaks around here are mostly a scrawny/spindly Oak  that many people mistakenly call Blackjack, However Blackjacks tend to grow more from the panhandle north.
 The turkey Oaks tend to die out at around 6-8" in diameter or at an age of 30 - 50 years.
 I was able to acquire some Turkey oaks that were mill able which were 14" up to 18" and up to an age of around 125 years old. Oh and by the way, since they are so slow growing they have a very tight growth ring, and lots of character in the wood.
 Now all the joinery techniques were tongue and groove.
The legs were glued up to about 3" thick and then a slight taper cut on 2 sides
 to give them a bit of a splayed look.
 The table had a nice radius edge around the parameter and was sanded and ready for the customers finish.
Don't forget to click on the pictures to enlarge.






Friday, August 7, 2015

CABINET WITH DROP LEAF TOP AND MORE

This little project was a fun one, where the customer wanted a drop leaf on the right side.
   But once we got started on the job she came back with perhaps we better add a drop leaf 
to the left side also. my reply was no problem, what ever you want.
With that said, she had one more request.
Robert can you build me a hidden compartment into the cabinet ?
I told her that I would sleep on it, and actually the construction had already begun
and no design was figured into it,  for a hidden compartment.
So with a little thought I came up with an idea for what limited space I had.
The face frame rail below the drawer was the only space available, and the rail was only 
2" wide. So I started by installing a permanent 1/8" dust panel just under the drawer space.
That gave me an 1 3/4" to play with and so it goes.
Oh and I don't believe in hidden compartments in drawers as they can be stolen.
Now this lil cabinet was being built for a 27"wide wall so keeping the drop leafs tucked in as close as possible called for off set hinges which allowed the leafs to lay slightly under the top when down and
to roll up right around the profile when lifted into position, once in place a slide pulled out to keep them level.
Oh and this was an oak construction cabinet with a Minwax golden oak stain and clear coat.
Now some of the pictures of this cabinet are during construction, but self explanatory.




Tuesday, August 4, 2015

A CUTE BENCH

Alright, It's been a while and I thought I'd update here.
This was an interesting project.
 This customer A very nice lady had bought a set of plans more then 20 years ago
 for a little porch bench and had never found anyone to take it on and build.
 She came to me with plans in hand, we discussed the wood, decided on southern yellow pine,
I photo copied the main print wrote down a few numbers and that was it.
I don't build from someones instructions on plans, takes to much time.
But the customer liked her little bench so much she came to me to build another,
for a very close friend who was graduating High School in a few week.s, so here is photos of that bench, including the scanned print I built from.
Now dont forget to click on the picture to enlarge.
Thanks



 

Monday, March 23, 2015

This is a project I did for our neighbor who lives a mile or so down the road.
What they were after was benches and stools for the big ole table.
There country home called for a old barn door for a dinning room table, but was incomplete
with out the compliments of appropriate seating.  So our neighbor had a few cypress slabs and a few short cypress logs in which I used to chase the necessary parts for the stools and benches.
 The pecky cypress did great for the seat tops, they were sanded smooth and lightly profiled.


One of the logs had damage to one side which I saw as perfect for the leg area of the stools, 
so I mounted it up on the mill and cut 2 1/2" cookies for the seat bottoms, and it worked out very well.



Monday, August 25, 2014

O.K. 
Here is a Oak bench the customer wanted to have made @ 24" high
and stable so the Grandkids wouldn't be able to turn it over.
 This bench was a fun one to do, though it did consume quit a bit of 
2" oak.  I cut a tenon with shoulders on each end of the leg support spreader and then as it fits through the mortise on the legs theres room for the wedge to be taped in and tighten things up.
The bench was completed with a nice stain and then a lacquer clear coat applied.
Dont forget to click on the photo to enlarge.