Friday, August 7, 2015


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


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.


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

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.

Here is a project I got into months ago, where the customer had acquired
a slab of Camphor wood that they wanted to use a coffee table.
They needed some sort of leg support to work with the shape of the slab.
The customer came with a sort of crude 2x4 design and I took it from there.
I used small cedar logs and cut a full 2 x 4,s from them but left one side natural.
All was sanded smooth and a nice lacquer finish applied
In short here is the finished project.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


Heres the story on this project.
Back in 2001 during the 9/11 attack is when I built this display case,
and I for some reason just did not have my camera, maybe I was caught up in the news of that 
horrible event.
6 months ago I was ask to stop in at the williston Public Library
and give them a cost on a project, and thats when I spotted this display case 
hanging on the wall that I had built 13 plus years ago.

Now what this little case is for, is to honor the people that have helped out and given there support to the Williston Public Library.
{Friends of the Williston Public Library}
One of there artist have painted on a panel the image of shelves and books.
Now those people that had really been great supporters will have there names painted on the book edge. Great idea.
Now if you haven't ever been to the Williston Public Library you might want to stop in sometime.
This Library is now in the old Perkins State Bank building,
and its neat, this is a really old historic building, the vault is there and the marble teller lines with nickle trim, lots of marble, the floors etc, very historic the way it used to be. 
You'll also see other display case's that I've built years ago for them to house the artifacts from around the Williston area.

Monday, February 24, 2014


Here is an interesting project that I took on.
 An antique pipe stand.
Well I had no idea there were pipes of this nature.
Well when this customer brought out this pipe, it was huge,
it had beautiful carvings on it and I thought it was ivory,
but it was actually carved out of a soft stone, and once completed,
is baked to cure it, but I may be wrong on that. part.
 These types of pipes date back to the 18th century, though this 
particular pipe if I remember correctly dates to the late 18 hundreds.
This type of pipe is called Meerschaum, and there are all kind  of shapes and sizes with carvings from scenery to faces and what ever the artist could envision would go on these.
 This particular pipe had never been smoked, but it was so ornate it deserved a unique base.
 The base was made of Locally grown Walnut, wait Walnut doesn't grow here in Florida,
Your right, not very long and not very well, There were 3 Walnut trees planted in Dunnellon 70 years ago and they only achieved a height of 30' and a diameter of about 12".
 This log I aquired because it became diseased and died.
It's too hot here and not enough dormant season, but it sure did yield beautiful wood.
More info on this era of pipe and pipe making can be found on line.
Dont forget to click on the picture to enlarge

Here is one link.
and yet another