Thursday, April 30, 2009

Project Retrospective: Shaker oval box class by Brent Rourke

For our 1st anniversary, my wife signed me up for a class at The Barn in Bloomfield in september 2008. This is the workshop of Brent Rourke. He has become world famous for his shaker boxes. His company ships his works all over the world.

Chicago eatery Sepia recently asked Brent Rourke to design a take-out box for clients of their neighbor, designer Maria Pinto.

Taking this course was quite an honour and all though the course is for up to 8 people I was blessed by the scheduling fates to have selected a date with no other participants. He , understandably could have rescheduled me, but did not.

If your in the area, visit the Barn in Blomfield. If you have the time and interest, take the workshop. If you have neither, visit his site. It's well worth it.

Lucky @ Firefly Creek Estate

PS: Thanks to my sweetheart for the gift. It was the experience of my woodworking lifetime.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

All finished, but for the finish.

I'm a little late in telling you all about this but my table is built. Here you see it in its "take a step back and look" phase. All that is left, at this point, is the fine tuning. I still neet to adjust the drawers and even out the feet. The last step being the sanding and painting. As this table is a gift for my wife, I think we will be opting for a lightly distressed antique white finish with the glass knobs seen in the picture. It's been a real fun project.

Lucky @ Firefly Creek Estate

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Table Legs

table legs
Originally uploaded by Azrael-13
The balusters have been transformed into table legs. I made a jig to hold the spindles just right as the mitre saw cut them all to length.

Next step is to assemble the body. I'm going to be using some poplar I have lying around. It will probably have 2 small drawers seperated by a dust frame.

More pictures to follow.
Lucky @ Firefly Creek Estate

Stair Balusters

Stair rail spindles
Originally uploaded by Azrael-13

I've almost got the essentials from my workshop moved in to our now cleared basement. To celebrate I've decided to build a table I had promised my wife before the ice age we call Canadian winter started.

I picked up these balusters at the local Habitat for Humanity RE-Store.

Lucky @ Firefly Creek Estate

Monday, April 6, 2009

Mission: Mission Mirror

Mission Mirror
Originally uploaded by Azrael-13
Just off our foyer is the most visited room in our house. It's very often the first and last stop our guests make when stopping by.

Last year, my wife made it her mission to spruce up the room cosmetically. It started with painting the upper half of the room a subtle blue. She did a spectacular job. We then moved on to add a molding where the tiled portions end. The contemporary plastic accessories left by the previous owner were replaced with chrome piece more akin to luxury.

The last thing we had to tackle was replacing the 8" x10" locker mirror hung hastily as a poor substitute. This project was tasked directly to me by the master of our lovely wife.

I've always been a fan of mission style furniture. It lends itself well to the style of our home. The project is held together with pocket screws and was sanded smooth before finishing. We opted for a medium darkness stain to enhance the oak's natural beauty.

Once completed, the frame was sent of to the glazier to have the mirror expertly cut and mounted.

Friday, April 3, 2009

The beginning End Table

End Table
Originally uploaded by Azrael-13
I thought I would blog about getting back to basics today. My shop is presently in a state of distress. It's been burried deep in frozen clutter. I have finally ventured into the garage to survey the mess. The relics of summers past are beginning to thaw out.

I have begun no new projects so far. Here you can see an end table that was created last year. This is one of a matching set. It marked my beginning into furniture making. It was put together with culled lumber from the bin at the local home improvement store.

No plans used. They started with a need for two tables to be used on the front porch. The legs needed to be tapered, so a tapered cutting jig was thrown together. Normally i'm very methodical and deliberate in my approach, but there is something very zen about working in this unstructured way. Simply woodworking for the sake of woodworking.