Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'art deco'

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Tea Bag Holder Cabinet #10: Inserts for doors

03-09-2021 03:30 PM by sras | 11 comments »

Lots of little pieces in this entry! I started with the half circles – largest one first. Since this spalted maple can be fragile I prefinished the wood. To dial in the fit I use my disc sander. But I turn the disc by hand – usually only a couple inches of travel at a time. That way I can safely place my hand close to the disc and limit how much wood gets removed. First one done. My fingernail dented the wood enough that I had to sand back most of the finis...

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Tea Bag Holder Cabinet #9: The base is created

03-01-2021 04:08 AM by sras | 15 comments »

Several distractions over the past several days meant the base took a while to complete. First was to create a template for a document slot. A little creative clamping. And we have a template. Set the router table up with a guide bearing bit and double stick tape the template in place. And we have a pocket roughed out. All that was left was to square up the corners. The rest of the base work involves several settings on the router table. Last time I tried...

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Tea Bag Holder Cabinet #8: Door work continues

02-19-2021 04:09 AM by sras | 15 comments »

I have one more set of details to add to the door – a set of 3 circular recesses. First – make a template. Then add cleats to locate the doors vertically. And add cleats to lock in the position side to side. Remove the doors to make sure there is no glue on them Add a strap across the back to keep every thing in place Set up a guide collar on the router table. Cut all three pockets. I made several passes to get to full depth. The...

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Tea Bag Holder Cabinet #3: Some steps back and a few more forward

02-07-2021 03:07 AM by sras | 7 comments »

First up today was to correct a mistake I made yesterday. When I cut the back rabbet on the top I had the part turned around. I have been keeping parts aligned so the grain pattern runs across the top and down the front. With this mistake the grain didn’t line up at all. So I cut a filler piece from some scrap. I cut it slightly oversize on the thickness and width. The length matches the top. Some glue and clamps. After the glue set up I trimed the patch to fit. ...

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Tea Bag Holder Cabinet #1: Getting started

02-05-2021 06:01 PM by sras | 4 comments »

A few years ago a friend gave me several walnut boards that came from a tree in his father in law’s yard. Rather than pay him I offered to build something for him. After some discussion we settled on a box for a set of tea bag holders that his wife uses. There are 4 in the set. After more years than I care to admit I have a chance to get to this build. We settled on a small cabinet with Art Deco styling taken from old radios. Both the bag holders and the radios are from a similar...

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Building a booKshelf with an Art Deco Pattern Carved in The Side

08-05-2018 07:29 PM by BenhamDesign | 0 comments »

This build was for a client earlier this year. She had this pattern on some wallpaper and loved it so we incorporated the pattern into the bookshelf sides and carved it out with a V bit If you are interested in its creation feel free to watch the video Project Recap Once I got the design approved by the client a made a print to scale pattern and used a little spray adhesive to attach it to a piece of plywood so I could turn it into a template.I didn’t fuss around with trying to...

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Shoulder plane

04-08-2016 02:01 AM by madts | 2 comments »

This post is dedicated to my good Danish pal Mads. I was in Denmark this winter as my dad was ailing and did die.He was 92 and he wanted to go.While i was there I got to visit with Mads, which is always great. At that visit he gave me this. This was a challenge to me as I have always wanted to make a shoulder plane.I had some repurposed maple doors that I used. I had to glue several pieces together to make the body. After the glue up I did the geometry and made some cuts and s...

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Art Deco TV Table #2: Modeling for Shape

11-25-2015 02:55 AM by newTim | 2 comments »

Once I had the basic concept sketched out I needed to see the thing in the actual space. The height of the table is important for ease of use, aesthetic proportions, and to provide enough clearance along the sides to reach the chair controls. The angle of the table is important to set the angle of the chairs so they fit in the room. Yes, I actually set the chairs and divined the angle. Also important was the arc of the front of the drawers. So after making many real size 2D drawings I ...

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Art Deco TV Table #1: Form Follows Folly

11-22-2015 10:02 PM by newTim | 6 comments »

Or perhaps the title should be, “Form Follows Tragedy”? Here is the initial chapter of the design and construction of a most challenging project. But why would anyone ever want or need to build such a thing? What follows is the documentation of a two year journey into pattern making, wood bending, form construction, curved veneering, trim inlay, creative joinery, jig design, and the ultimate victory of patience and stubbornness over a project that fought me every step of the ...

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Antique Radio Cabinet Retrofit #1: Intro

01-23-2015 05:43 PM by Pags | 6 comments »

Having a nice sound system has always been a priority on my life since I was a teenager in the 1970’s. My tastes in music have changed over the years but I still insist on listening to good quality audio equipment. These days I find myself seldom playing CD’s anymore, instead I either stream music from the internet, play music ripped to my laptop via iTunes or listen to my local FM radio station. So my audio equipment has dwindled down to just an integrated amp , a tuner, and s...

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