Library Cabinet

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Project by Les Hastings posted 05-22-2013 12:45 AM 3022 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a cabinet for the local Sunflower Woodworkers Guild to house some of the guilds library. It was made on Saturdays with a number of the guilds members coming over to help with the build. Around 15 or so members helped in all. This is a memorial for a member that is no longer with us (Dick Gaskill). He was a long time member of the guild as well as a professional furniture maker. I used to go visit him on Friday afternoons and talk shop at his little wood and tool store that he ran for several years after he sold his furniture business. He had a lot of really great shop stories. Kinda miss the old guy! He built the guilds first library cabinet many years ago. It was truly a great honor for me to be able to take part in this project.

I just designed this on the fly. I had the size pre-determined and went from there. Its made out of alder with elm burl in the panels between the doors. The finish is dye stains and glazes with a laquer top coat.

Thanks everyone for taking the time to have a look see!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#1 posted 05-22-2013 12:50 AM

A classic design, another winner Les

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#2 posted 05-22-2013 12:58 AM

Beautiful work!

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#3 posted 05-22-2013 01:00 AM

Beautiful, top notch work, Les! A real classic. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#4 posted 05-22-2013 01:56 AM


What a pleasure for the eyes! The sunflower is a really nice touch for the Sunflower Woodworkers Guild. Is it hand-carved? Every detail is exceptional. Thanks for sharing.


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#5 posted 05-22-2013 12:16 PM

Really beautiful and classic, Les. The details are excellent, and as said, such a pleasure to see something like this being made.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#6 posted 05-22-2013 12:56 PM

A beautiful piece of craftsmanship, an excellent piece of furniture. Simply amazing. I’m in awe.

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#7 posted 05-22-2013 01:05 PM

Everybody did a great job, Les.


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#8 posted 05-22-2013 02:33 PM


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#9 posted 05-22-2013 02:48 PM

Fantastic work… Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#10 posted 05-22-2013 08:08 PM

Looks great and I really like the finish. Pretty cool that it was a team effort.

Do you seal the dye coat with anything before glazing?

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#11 posted 05-23-2013 07:39 PM

Amazing details! Thanks for sharing. I’m sure that Dick Gaskill is proud.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#12 posted 05-25-2013 10:52 PM

Beautiful piece.

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#13 posted 05-25-2013 11:07 PM

Beautiful piece and a nice tribute to your friend… But I have a question.

Who ELSE read the title and thought you were gonna open this and see a magazine rack for the bathroom? LOL

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#14 posted 05-29-2013 10:39 PM

Amazing work as always !!

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