Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Walnut/Birds Eye Maple Hall Table

          This is an example of one of those magic times (personally, not in the grand scheme of the world). This design came about completely out of the blue, just one in a page of doodles, but it instantly grabbed me and "begged" to be developed further.

          The fluted slab legs will be made of walnut. The box forming the top and frame will be plane or quarter sawn maple and the drawer fronts will be made of birds eye maple. The drawer fronts may or may not be further embellished with circular inlaid walnut around the wood pulls, time will tell. I am also toying with the idea of making the drawers accessible from both sides of the piece as the splayed legs suggest use from either side.
          I am working out the final details, but will likely be starting this piece later this month (with detailed blog accounting). To that end I made a test piece to work out some of the particulars. The test is not to scale or even accurate with regard to the details but, for me, it validated the over all design and has me chomping at the bit to get started.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Furniture designs by my daughter...who is five

So, earlier today found one of my daughter's sketch pads and was amazed by how my seven year old is progressing in drawing the people (wonder woman and her invisible airplane, and Mr. Mooo!), and animal subjects (a bird threatened by a dragon). Later at dinner I showed them to my wife and as I did I saw the back of the pad, which had escaped my notice until then. There in perfect order sat the drawing below, drawn by my five year old daughter. I have a million words that want to jump on to this page but honestly, I don't have the energy to put them all down, and, at least in my mind, a picture really is worth a thousand words. I have also added another picture of a stool built last spring. My five year old designed the stool and I built it, under her watchful eye, and her input along the way. Enjoy.

Top Row: Cabinet & chest of drawers
Mid Row: Chairs
Bottom Row: Tables

P.S. If you leave comments for her I will pass them along.

Monday, October 5, 2009

a few on the lighter side



a few more seats





Some Desks

Pretty musch your standard fare in assorted styles.

 A cantilevered desk (best against a wall w/ a bracket underneath top for additional support and/or compartment built under the bottom drawer for a few barbell weights).

A freestanding desk w/ upper cabinets attached to the four continuous legs/posts.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Some Chairs

A low cabinet or coffee table. A simple rectangular box (dovetailed or mitered corners) with three drawers. Drawers are convex across length of box and feature vertical fluting. The center drawer pierces the top and bottom of the cabinet. Simple "stand" legs. Box probably made of walnut with maple drawers, legs also walnut.

A whatever (media, bookcase, etc.) cabinet with raised grill work backed with rice paper or maybe burlap (into burlap these days).