Maloof Inspired Low-Back Settee

June 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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I completed this settee for a client who requested it be made of walnut. It took me approximately 125 hours to construct and finish. I adapted Charles Brocks low-back chair plans to make the settee. The finish is Watco Oil with the last two coats being Watco’s DeftOil. Read more

Transtitional/Modern Desk and Maloof Inspired Chair

January 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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_2Since my retirement, which started in July 2013, I’ve been busy in the shop making 3 Maloof inspired chairs and a desk with a Hawaiian Koa writing surface. This is the second time I’ve built this style of desk. I love the design! Two of the chairs and the desk are currently for sale at the Got Art Gallery downtown Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Please contact me if you would like to commission either piece in a different wood spieces. Read more

Repurposing an Antique Piano into a Headboard

September 20, 2010 by · 5 Comments
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The headboard was re-purposed from a family heirloom piano that was my mother-in-laws and a gift from her father or my wife’s grandfather. It was also the piano my wife (Kay) learned to play. Kay was given the piano after her parents retired and moved to the lake so we’ve been storing the piano for at least 13 years. The soundboard was damaged so we never really considered having it repaired back to working condition. After some discussion and with permission from my wife I disassembled the piano. It has been disassembled for a couple of years but with a promise to re-purpose it into a useful piece of furniture. Read more

Hickory/Walnut Counter Top

June 4, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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This counter top was made for a friend to go in his country house.  It is made out of  hickory and trimmed in walnut.  Biscuits were used in all the joints and then it was glued to 3/4″ plywood.  It turned out pretty cool and looked great in his kitchen.

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Nursery Projects

April 15, 2009 by · 1 Comment
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100_1125After I found out that we were expecting our first child, I knew that it was going to take a little work to get the nursery set up.  For the room itself, I decided I wanted up put up wainscoting around the room.    Since I planned on painting the wainscoting, I built everything out of  mdf except for the top molding that I made out of pine.  I used 1/2″ mdf for the raised panels and side rails and  5/8″ mdf for the top and bottom rails.  Read more

Roll-Top Desk Is a Long-Time in the Making

April 8, 2009 by · 2 Comments
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Have you ever taken longer than you thought it should to finish a project? Well I might just hold the record! In 1980 a student/athlete of mine who wanted to take my high school woodworking course but he also had plans for a career in medicine. It was difficult for him to work a practical arts class into his busy college-prep schedule. He would come in before school to learn and work on projects. He became very interested in some of the roll-top desks my non-medical bound students were constructing. Again he expressed interest in taking my class because he too “wanted a roll-top”. It was at that time I promised him that if he became a physician that I’d make him his “roll-top. maker-and-desk2About 6 years later I received a call confirming that I had received his medical school graduation invitation and that my family and I would attend, and “oh by the way had I remembered my promise”. I had! So I feverishly started making his desk. I thought why not cut out the parts for three desks so that I could give one to my former athlete, keep one for myself and sell one to pay for the wood. Well I got Dr. Cartland Burns’ desk completed in time for graduation circa 1987. I finished the second desk in 2002, which I sold to a good friend of mine. The last desk is still waiting after 24 years and counting to be completed. The phrase ‘The cobbler’s children have no shoes’ rings true in my home as well as it does in many a woodworker’s.

By the way, Dr. Cartland Burns is a pediatric surgeon working at the University of Pittsburgh, PA. The good doctor still calls his old coach, is still doing his woodworking and his service to the children of Pennsylvania is praiseworthy!

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