Gotta Love "Woodworks"

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Project by Kevin Wilson posted 07-24-2008 01:35 AM 3117 views 6 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey everyone!

I finished a project a little while back and thought I would share! I’m afraid I can’t take all the credit for the design though…

I’ve learned a lot about attention to detail from watching the great David Marks on DIY’s “Woodworks”, and I’ve been meaning to find the time to build one of the projects from the show. Well, I picked one! I chose the spice rack project, but with my own little changes. While David built with maple and purpleheart (a beautiful combination, by the way), I went with my current favorite…maple and black walnut. I absolutely love the contrast created with the two woods. I also shrunk the dimensions a bit, resulting in only two small drawers rather than the original three. And the slats on the back were another change.

In true David Marks tradition, I finished the spice rack with a hand-rubbed tung oil finish. It always been one of his favorite, and is quickly becoming one of mine as well.

After finally finsihing the project, It was time to decide if this was a “for sale” piece, or a “for the house” piece. The answer came to me when my parents stopped for a visit and my mom fell in love with the spice rack. And who am I to say no to my mom? Besides, it matches her kitchen perfectly!

I have every intention of trying my hand at another David Marks design very soon! The man is a true artist and will always be an inspriation to me. If you’ve never been to his website, I would reccomend it very highly! Here’s the address:

-- Can't never did nothin' - Grampa Knapp

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#1 posted 07-24-2008 01:56 AM

I have all of his shows on DVD and I remember him making that one.

Great job!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 07-24-2008 01:59 AM

Yeah, I’m a huge fan of David Marks. He is an awesome woodworker.

You’re project looks great, you’ve done a fantastic job!!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#3 posted 07-24-2008 02:00 AM

Very nice! I can see why your mom fell in love with it.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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#4 posted 07-24-2008 02:24 AM

Great job! That other little project in the third picture is pretty cute as well.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 07-24-2008 03:31 AM

Great looking spice rack, beautiful. Very good build

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#6 posted 07-24-2008 03:46 AM

Nice job. I like the contrasting woods that you chose.

-- Williamsport, MD

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#7 posted 07-24-2008 03:51 AM

Nice, I like his show and most of his work. Your rack is great looking and I too like the combo that you choose, Dark Walnut and maple contrast very well. Looking forward to your future work.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#8 posted 07-24-2008 04:17 AM

Nice looking project. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#9 posted 07-24-2008 06:46 AM

Great job. Woodworks was a great inspiration for me after watching New Yankee Workshop for so long. Who knew that two pieces of wood could be joined together without a brad nailer?

-- GSY from N. Idaho

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#10 posted 07-24-2008 07:38 AM

your project is surpassed only by the dimples, smile and red hair

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#11 posted 07-24-2008 10:49 AM

David is my favorite TV woodworker. I have seen every show at least three times. Nice work on the spice rack.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 07-24-2008 02:11 PM

Hi scopemonkey;

You mean you don’t need a brad nailer when fastening a face frame? Dooh!

Great workmanship on a beautiful project!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#13 posted 07-25-2008 01:23 AM

Uncle Norm now uses a slot cutter and biscuits to join his face frames. I like that approach much better than a brad nailer of course.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#14 posted 07-25-2008 02:40 PM

Man, that is pretty. I love the contrasts of the woods and the clean lines and, like others, I’m really taken by the face in the third picture. Nicely done.

-- Working at Woodworking

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Tom Adamski

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#15 posted 07-26-2008 03:40 PM

Very nice work. Your attention to detail is spot on. It is right to give David Marks credit where credit is due as an inspiration, but don’t sell yourself short either. You modified the design and constructed it, it is just as much you design now too. It is amazing to think that your spice rack, after it has served your mother for many years, may eventualy end up in the hands of your little one in the picture. I’m looking forward to your next project.


-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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