A Captain’s Bed for Buddy

The long labor day weekend allowed me to spend some time catching up on a few projects in the shop that are necessary to free up some furniture for the baby’s room.  Silas has been sleeping in a crib converted to a toddler bed but with the sister about a month away he needed a new bed.  I plan on building a second similar bed for Nathaniel soon as well.

I built a captain’s bed with three very large drawers (21 wide, 30 deep, and 14 tall).   The bed is constructed so the headboard and foot board are detachable and can be attached on either side depending on the layout of the room.  The bed is plywood construction with solid wood headboard, faceframe, and drawer fronts.  The drawers are dovetailed poplar using the side mount roller slides.   I now remember why the under mount slides that I used in the kitchen cost almost double.  They simply install easier and the soft close functions better.

Small Media Table “found” in the left over walnut from the mantle

On of the last projects for the family room was a small table to hold the receiver, cable box, and Apple TV.   It needed to be small enough to not interfere with the in wall speaker and I wanted it to match the mantle.   I had about a 4 foot piece of 4″ by 8″ rough walnut left from when I put the mantle in so designed a table from just that single piece.   After a lot of re-sawing and planning I was able to build a simple end table that fits the space perfectly.

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Wall Leaning Poplar Bookshelf

Just completed a wall leaning bookcase out of solid poplar.    The customer wanted it stained in a dark red mahogany stain.   The challenge was aligning everything to have proper spacing and angles from the way it leans against the wall.


Shaker Style Bathroom Vanity

I just completed a bathroom project that I detailed in another post.  I wanted to show more detail related to the shaker style vanity I built for the project.   The cabinet is built from pre-finished maple ply overlaid with solid poplar.   The drawers are dovetailed maple and the top is solid walnut with a vessel sink.  The finish is painted and then covered in clear water based policy.

Custom Wine Racks

I was asked to build a set of custom wine racks to fit a specific location in a clients basement.  The racks were designed in the x-brace style and were constructed from solid pine planks.  It was amazing just how much lumber was required to build the two racks.  In the end I used 108 linear feet of pine 1×12.   I used a palm router to ease round some of the edges and everything is dado fit.   Just some final sanding an this project will be complete.

Saving an Antique Dresser

This dresser was in bad shape when some friends asked if I could help.  The dresser looked great from the outside but the drawers were in horrible shape.  The drawers were not square and in places has worn almost all the way through.   There was no actual drawer hardware and the drawers did not function.   The drawers themselves were not salvageable so I cut off the drawer front and converted it to a front only and attached it to new dovetail poplar drawers with cabinet grade slides.

4 Season Porch Kitchenette

I just completed a project building a kitchenette for a 4-season porch.  The design had to fit into a space with two walls at a 45 degree angle and the right side has a window constraint. The cabinet includes my first triangle drawer. The cabinet is constructed of cabinet grade pre finished maple plywood with solid poplar face frames and doors and drawers.  The right shelf side allows for installation of a mini fridge.  The upper cabinet has glass doors and adjustable shelving.  The top is made from solid 5/4 Sapele.

Circular Book Shelf End Table (Sapele)

This weekend I spent some time in the shop building a circular bookshelf end table.  The table is based on one a client had seen in a magazine.   The table dimensions are 2 foot round and 27″ tall and is constructed from solid glued up Sapele.   The finish is clear satin polyurethane that has been steel wooled and hand rubbed.  This was the first project to utilize the band saw and belt/disc sander I picked up from friends earlier this year.


Custom Birch File Cabinet and Shelves

I just finished a project in the new shop that is a custom file cabinet.  The cabinet is designed to fit under an existing table and provides two large file drawers on one side and shelved for binders on the other.  The challenge was to fit the design needs in to the overall height limitation of 26″.  There are two matching corner shelves with an integrated invisible mounting system. I also learned a valuable lesson that when using ebony stain one should really consider wearing gloves.


Plywood Bookcase with Sapele Top and Good Bye to a Great Shop

This weekend I had a chance to spend some time in the shop for the final time before we  move.  It is bitter sweet to leave but know that in time I will rebuild at the new house.  This shop has many memories and is where I learned to be a “professional”.  It will be missed.  I built a small bookcase using a single sheet of pre-finished plywood.  To save on materials the whole book case was made entirely from the plywood sheet except for the sapele top and maple shelf banding.  On the painted surfaces the plywood prefinish was removed and completed with two coats of paint.  There is a false back to allow for tv wiring to run behind it where it is being installed.