The Wardrobe is a large dresser. It is based on the Restoration Hardware Marston wardrobe. It is built with frame and panel carcass ends and sliding dovetails for the drawer dividers. The drawers are all made with half blind dovetails and flush fitted.

Construction details

The wardrobe was completed 3/04.

Stereo Cabinet

The cabinet for my sound system components was long overdue.

The cabinet is constructed of:

  • Quarter sawn Red oak for the frames
  • Birds-eye maple veneered panels for the doors and end panels
  • The top is veneered in maple burl, walnut, curly sycamore and curly ash


Deck Chairs

This is one of a set of 4. They are based loosely on plans found in "Yard and Garden Furniture" by Bill Hylton.

The chair design was lightened up / thinned out to take advantage of the strength of the Ipe used. Most of the members are 1/3 to 1/2 of the thickness of the original.

The Ipe is very strong and dense. It cuts well, but rather slowly. The surface finishes well with planes and scrapers. The grain has a lot of curl and is a bit prone to tear out, so you must watch the grain direction carefully.

The backs are adjustable using hardware from Rockler.

The finish was applied after the photos were taken.

Chairs finished 6/15/02

They are still holding up beautifully after several summers outside(6/07).


Hall Table

This was built as part of a veneering class put on by the Wisconsin Woodworker's Guild.

We did the tops in a weekend class and then I finished the rest in 3/02.

This was my first project with veneering (top) and complex inlay (legs). The table is cherry and finished with boiled linseed oil and french polished pale blond shellac.


Finished views of the table

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CD birdhouse

This is the third I have built. It started with my wife holding up a catalog and saying "Can't you make one of these".

This is the third one. First was color stained (in our living room), second was a gift (unfinished).

This one was finished with dye stain and garnet shellac (prettiest of all). The ash really lights up under the shellac. The cherry color was chosen / dictated to due needing to match the recipients (mother in law) living room furniture. Normally I avoid dark stains on light woods, but this did turn out really neat. The roof "shingles" are ash with walnut dye.

Built 2/02

Steamer trunk

This is the Rockler Steamer Trunk project.

I built the first one for us in about 1994.

A few years ago, I built two more as gifts. This is definitely a case where doing two only takes about 50% longer than doing one.

Queen size bed

This is the fourth bed that I have done. It was made as a present for my oldest daughter, Jessie in November '02.

The bed is made from cherry and finished with Watco danish oil and garnet shellac.

The plans for the bed came from the book: Beds by Jeff Miller (Taunton Press)

The plans provided over-all guidance , but I did deviate in a few areas. The spindles are done with individual mortises rather than a dentil strip. I have used the dentil strip method on the kids bunk beds.

The sides have small tenons rather than pins for greater rigidity. The bed bold nuts are brazed to 1/2" bar stock for greater strengthen and less tendency to twist in the legs. The box spring is supported on angle iron rather than wood blocking. The box spring and mattress set are quite tall and I wanted to lower it a bit.

A second one of these, in oak was made for my son David in Summer '06.



Jewelry Box

This is based very loosely on one that I had seen in a magazine a few years ago. It was made as a Christmas present for my oldest daughter in 2006. This then resulted in "requests" for three more. They were then built in "semi-production" mode. Much of the construction time taken is actually setup and measuring. Making several saves substantial time over making them individually.

The case is cherry and the drawer fronts are maple. The drawer fronts on the box shown were covered with birds eye maple veneer, and one of the others was done with curly sycamore. The glass is the same seedy glass that I used on the china cabinet project.

The panels and doors use half-lap joints as the frame members are only 3/8" thick. The drawers are lined with padded synthetic suede in a number of configurations including ring holders. Finish is Danish Oil and Shellac with a final coat of wax.

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