All posts tagged: Furniture Design

Build Kitchen Cabinets with Bob Lang’s New SketchUp Book

Special Offer – win a copy of Bob Lang’s new SketchUp book below. Our home was built about 1988 and we still have the original kitchen cabinets. These cabinets are woefully out of date and in desperate need of replacing. But buying a full set of kitchen cabinets is expensive and as a woodworker, I know I can build better cabinets than what I see in showrooms. The reason my wife and I still live with old cabinets is that the task of building new cabinets is sooo daunting. I get a headache just thinking about it. But what if I could build my kitchen cabinets first in my computer? What if I could work out appliance locations; look at different cabinet styles and see how they fit with existing door ways and windows? That would be cool, right?Β Doing these things ahead of time would help make a monstrous task much more manageable. And this idea is at the core of Bob Lang’s new SketchUp book titled SketchUp for Kitchen Design. With SketchUp for Kitchen …

I Vacation in Asheville and Discover a Woodworking Mother Lode

The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina is known to be a treasure trove of authentic Craftsman style furniture. The hotel lobby and hallways contain authentic Arts and Crafts furniture, some of which have been reproduced frequently enough to be easily found on the internet. My wife and I visited the Grove Park Inn while on vacation in Asheville and I tried to impress her with my knowledge of defining Arts and Crafts furniture details. For example, take the table and chairs seen below… The table is made of quarter-sawn white oak. The top features a frame which surrounds a tile center and the frame joinery shows exposed pegged tenons. The lower shelf utilizes keys to lock the exposed tenons in place. The aprons between the legs have a nice arch. Then on the chairs there is super cool inlay… But seeing such a large collection of Craftsman furniture all in one place is not the mother lode I refer to in my post title. That is next door at the Grovewood Gallery. This …

My Next Woodworking Project: The Tool Cabinet

Even though I still have some significant construction to complete on the window seat bookcase, I have been spending more time thinking about my next project. I think my brain is fried on the bookcase – it has taken so long to build and all that. Anyway, my next project will be a new tool cabinet for my workshop, and I can’t wait to get started on it. This tool cabinet will be the second part of a big renovation for the area below my basement stairs and will also include some upgrades to the stair case. The goal here is provide better storage for my tools as well as to create a more enjoyable working environment. The first phase of construction was to hide the unsightly furnace and water heater from view. I accomplished this by creating a removable wall; removable so that maintenance can be performed on the furnace. A removable wall required some engineering and additional constructions steps; more so than with a permanent wall (see the construction process for the removable …