Taliesin Desk Build - How's and Why's #8: Intermission

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Blog entry by EarlS posted 08-31-2016 02:40 AM 1085 reads 2 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been doing everything but woodworking lately.

Our oldest daughter started college, high school started, along with the girls swim season. It keeps raining and the grass keep growing necessitating mowing every 3 days or so.

A thunderstorm last weekend resulted in a lightning strike on the house behind us (which started a fire) and caused an arc flash when the plug from our computer surge protector blew out of the wall outlet and cracked the outlet, tripped the surge protector, and the circuit breaker. The cable modem was overloaded because I didn’t think of running the cable through a surge protector, and the overload also carried into the wireless router. That meant a new modem and wifi router. After a couple of days of trial and error I finally got everything installed and communicating.

Somewhere in all of this, I did manage to order and pick up 50 BF of nice cherry (6 ft long, 4/4 rough, 4-8”), 50 BF of really nice walnut (6 ft long, 4/4 rough, 10” wide boards), some soft maple, and a 4×8 piece of ¼” walnut plywood (yes walnut – to use on drawer bottoms).

I also talked to Alex at Glass Heritage. They are the folks that made the amazing Harvey Ellis stylized glass doors for the hutch that is in the dining area.

They are going replicate the center section of Mowtawi Tile’s Frank Lloyd Wright Skylight tile for the tops of the legs in colored glass. This decorative tile is adapted from a detail of the skylight in Wright’s Oak Park studio entrance.

It will be a couple of months until they are ready, but I think they will be well worth the wait.

Meantime, I’m taking a day off over Labor Day weekend so I can get on with Talisien desk build. That should give me more time to work on things (less the time to mow, ride my bike, go to a bbq, plant tulips, and whatever else my wife and daughters come up with ) so maybe a couple of hours.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#1 posted 09-01-2016 03:37 PM

Hi Earl,

I like the idea of stain glass inserts. Glad to hear you’re back at it.

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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