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    Furniture for your home and office in general. Greene and Greene influenced in particular.

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  1. The original design had piercings on the back splash. I abandoned this and then felt that I needed 'something' up there to make things a little less plain. I added a square ebony plug to each end of the rod and a spray of plugs on the backsplash. I was looking for something random and so chose the major star relational positions for her zodiac sign. She could care less about her horoscope but I thought it gave a personal touch to the piece in a non-obvious way.
  2. OK, ready to go in a box and take a ride to Arizona.
  3. You can see here why I left the rod as a rough blank. This lets me mark right off the piece. I settled on a 3/8" deep notch in the rail I then knock the sharp edges off at the router table. A little hand work and I am ready to start applying finish. One coat. Two coats. Probably one more and then a paste wax.
  4. I will use a domino at the junction of the bracket and the top. This is more to prevent twisting than anything else. I mark the layout on tape to make clean up easier. I clamp a scrap to act as a stop for the middle-o-the-panel mortise. And she fits together like so; although still upside down . And now a PSA break . . . remember to unplug your tools before changing or handling cutters please. I will use mechanical hangers and fasteners. The hanger mounting screws will go through the back and well into the brackets that support the weight of the payload. These are the mechanical hangers I will use. Here's a pic with the metal piece right side up Sorry this is a little random . . . the bracket mortise. The second bracket screw hole that is below the metal fastener (I swear this will make more sense soon). And the first phase glue up of the shelf and back.
  5. I tend to work pretty quickly (for me that is) with cherry. Initial material selection can be tricky on cherry since, like walnut and others, it comes in such a wide spectrum of colors and figures. I do a lot of the joinery prior to final surface prep. Keeping things moving seems to keep the material in sync color-wise. Just as an aging example, these two boxes I made for mom's photographs were made a year apart. They are much closer in color now that a few years have gone by. This is clear shellac as the only finish.
  6. When doing long fair curves I find it best to bandsaw and rasp one, then use that to make a template, and do the other end using that template. I happen to have a domino. Otherwise I would probably have done this as a stopped groove with a spline. I had to make a couple hundred mile drive this morning so I am done early for the day. I'll pick it up tomorrow.
  7. Well said. The edges of the rod will be rounded off once the notches are cut. I should have mentioned that the drawing is just a crude dimensional reference and things like the edges on the rod will be rounded over.
  8. Marc and others in the guild will speak to this better but my inclination on long miter joints is a spline. One long stopped-groove fit instead of multiple dominoes. JMHO.
  9. Absolutely a router table bit. I just had it in the holder / vise to set the height. Any errant tipping while using that bit and things would get negatively exciting . Here's a dry-fit shot, still in the rough.
  10. A friend's sister does quilting. We talked about a rack back when I didn't have the shop finished and I completely forgot. Time to catch up. Got the required specs from her and got approval on design number 4. As always wood selection comes first. Like many materials, cherry comes in a variety of colors and figures. I found a couple of similar looking boards that will yield the parts. Rough blanks. I milled to thickness and general size. The shape of the end brackets will let me cut around some pitch pockets in these blanks. I rough the shape out at the bandsaw. Clean it up a bit with some rasps and cut the bottom of the rail notch like you would dovetail waste. This gets me here. I have done a lot of Greene and Greene stuff. During that journey I picked up one of these double round overs. I find the 1/8" and 3/16" radius cutters handle most of what I need. The bit comes with a variety of washer/spacers that allow setting for your material thickness. I use a bit of scrap to set the height and keep the leftover washers in a bag that fits in the tackle box cubby assigned to this bit. The purpose of the bit is to allow you to round both sides at once while always routing down hill. If you've seen much G&G style stuff you get why this is helpful. At any rate, I end up here. If you've ever wondered what you would do with a parrot vise, this is one thing. A little hand work and I end up here. More to come.
  11. Hung the door I "restored" for the neighbor.
  12. My neighbor has a door that has seen better days. It is an odd size for reasons I do not know. Replacement cost was just ridiculous. I am trying to restore and refinish it so he can get a few more years out of it. This is a guy who will help you out any time you ask. He lends me his tractor mower or backhoe for days at a time so I tend to help him out if I can.
  13. I had a couple of quick cuts to make and didn't need the accuracy of a GCS. I hadn't used the PC 423 MAG circ saw for several years and had forgotten how good the DC was on it. This is a pair of 48" cuts in 1/2" MDF. Hardly a thing to sweep up.