Shop Remodel #28: Branching Out.

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Blog entry by bearkatwood posted 12-29-2015 02:21 AM 1526 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The cabinet doors are completed and have finish on them. I am very happy with how it turned out. I am still working on laying out where I will hang things in the doors and I think I might make some plates with my CNC that have some neat texture to them. They will probably be done as I can get to them. I have started carving the till frame and I should have about another day to finish it.

I have started to look at the plans of the bench that came with the set and reading back over the workbench book by Scott Landis and Schwarz’s Workbench Design Book to start thinking about how this is all going to play out. I have some fun plans for the bench including a plank for holding chairs. I hope it turns out as well as everything else has so far.

So as the title of today’s blog says I have branched out from this project. I received an order for a project plan for my hobbit desk build. This is not the first request I have had for this so I decided to take it on. I have been studying sketchup this year and I think I have learned enough to do it justice.

I have had other requests for plans to things I have designed over the years so if there is something that interests you let me know and I will see if I can add it to my list. I am thinking later this year I will put together a chair making DVD with plans and patterns to build two or three different styles of chairs. Let me know what you all might vote in.
The next branch I have decided to climb out onto is the youtube branch. I have a few short videos on youtube that to be frank are pretty lame. I have started a video on the remodel and it will feature the till and the cabinet. It will probably be followed up by maybe two more.

So there it is, that is where I am with everything for now. Big plans ahead. I am working on a few patents for tool designs, videos, sketchup plans and contemplating starting some online classes or dvd classes for chair making. Looks to be a busy year.

Take care everyone,
Be safe and have fun woodworking.

-- Brian Noel

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#1 posted 12-29-2015 02:28 AM

Do you have a link for your youtube videos? No one is going to think your videos are lame! You do some amazing work. Let people see it!

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#2 posted 12-29-2015 02:33 AM

Here is a link to my channel.

-- Brian Noel

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#3 posted 12-29-2015 03:02 AM

Brian the cabinet looks amazing. It’s a true work of art.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#4 posted 12-29-2015 03:18 AM

After viewing the compilation of your work in the first video, one can see that your constructed forms of chairs and furnishings, return rectilinear lumber back to it’s natural, freeform state. There are no hard, sharp edges or even parallel surfaces. Organic comes to mind. I think your shop cabinetry pays homage to that idea, whether intentional or not.

Your work speaks it’s own language. That is something only a true artist could achieve. I think one day woodworkers will be talking about building a Brian Noel chair or using Brian Noel details, like they do G&G. Bravo!

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#5 posted 12-29-2015 11:51 AM

Just awesome Brian, and seconds to Bill’s comments above,

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#6 posted 12-29-2015 02:32 PM

yeah i agree with the others you have developed a true unique style that is brian noel and well all be emulating you like [email protected] or maloof etc.great job once again cant wait for bench build.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#7 posted 12-29-2015 03:06 PM

Wow, I didn’t expect that. Thank you guys very much.

-- Brian Noel

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#8 posted 12-29-2015 09:10 PM

Great design and perfect implementation!

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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