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A handsome corner cupboard

A few weeks ago I visited some relatives in Spartanburg, South Carolina and had the good fortune to see this handsome corner cupboard. I was taking a break from work, football games and the Tornado Bed and seeing this cupboard was timely. You see, I had just experienced frustration with my bed project: I had been drilling holes and fitting dowels through some pegged mortise and tenon joints. During this process, some tear-out developed around the holes, which I was hoping to avoid. If you are not familiar with tear-out, see some examples in the cupboard photos below (click to enlarge)… I am very much a perfectionist in my woodworking. Even though I don’t build the most challenging furniture, the projects I do build, I want them to be pretty much perfect. This includes a nice, clean hole for a pegged joint. But this very handsome cupboard has some tear-out, so is there a lesson here for me? Should I get so torn up about tear-out? My uncle who owns this piece wondered if it …

The evolution of a bookcase design

I have been contemplating video for my blog. Specifically, I am thinking about a slideshow type video with me narrating the construction of a past project which I called the Scott Bookcase. Why? I really don’t think a visitor to my blog is going to take the time to page through all of the posts of that project or any of my projects for that matter. But a brief video might be the trick. A key part of building the Scott Bookcase was the design process which involved a few meetings with the client along with some emails being exchanged. I am not sure if the video will ever come to pass, but I can at least preview what I plan to say in this blog post. So, here is an overview of how the design went down. The initial client meeting The client, a friend of mine, called wanting a bookcase, probably painted, which would reside along a wall in his family room. The size was to be seven feet tall and six feet …

The Tornado Bed: design ideas

A worthy bed. A good-looking bed to be given to a family who’s been through a lot. I announced in my last post that I will make a bed to be given to a needy family – victims of the April 27th tornado outbreak. I am calling the project “the Tornado Bed.” I still need to finish work on my dining room crown molding project, but I also want to begin work on the bed, so I will try to spend time on both, which will be interesting. Since I made the decision to build the bed, I have been thinking about what it should be – should the bed be basic and utilitarian and therefore fast and easy to build? I could simply make a headboard and attach it to one of those metal bed frames eliminating the footboard. But, isn’t that sort of short-changing the victim of a horrific situation? Wouldn’t a nice, all wood bed be much more appropriate for someone who has suffered through the devastation of a monster tornado strike? …