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  1. Spalted maple/ebonized poplar bed

    This was a "commissioned" piece for my inlaws. I ebonized the poplar using black TransTint dye and India Ink. First coat Dye/ink in Zinsser Seal coat. Second coat Dye/ink in 50% ethanol. Third coat Dye/ink in seal coat again. I ended with a few coats of Arm-R-Seal.
  2. "My Tell-Tale Heart"

    "My Tell-Tale Heart" box series was designed and created to celebrate my younger brother's wedding. Right from the start I knew I wanted to make them a special box. They got married on Halloween which was a big influence on the design. Taken from one the most famous pieces of gothic...
  3. Bow saw, take 2

    This is another bow saw made with the kit from Gramercy Tools. The previous I had made into a swan neck, this time I wanted to follow their original design. I toyed with making it out of ebony because I had seen a beautiful one on the internet but opted not to because of cost. I had been...
  4. "Ebonized Pine" Bandsaw Box

    Here is the poor man's version of ebonizing wood! 10 parts water to 1 part black latex paint brush on sand down raised grain seal it up I almost got in trouble with this because the water made my drawers expand and I had to sand them back down to a very snug fit. The result is pretty decent...
  5. Black Widow Jewelry Box

    About a month ago I was inspired to make this box. It took a total of 30 days from start to finish to make it. I believe this is the hardest project to date to make. Every piece had to be custom made, all the angle cuts drove me crazy to say the least. I used a 1/2" hand wood chisel to do all...
  6. Modern White Oak Coat Rack

    This is a White Oak coat rack that I made with custom ebonized hooks. Shelf was installed with a dado joint and the support is a french cleat. Hooks are ebonized with first a coat of strong black tea and then a steel wool/vinegar mixture. I also blacked the screws with super blue. . . . The...
  7. Upgrade from TV trays (Entertainment Center)

    We were given a 40" TV from my in-laws (won in a raffle). The problem was we had an "old style" TV stand that didn't fit one of these "new fangled" flat panel TV's. So our new TV sat on a couple TV trays butted together for a while. I decided on the Woodsmith issue #169 Wide-Screen TV Cabinet...
  8. The shoe problem

    Note: Originally posted in October 2007 to my woodworking blog at www.affyx.com which was a just a redirect link to Blogger - well the big brains at blogger have tagged my site as a "spam blog" (it isn't) and although I've asked for it to be reinstated, I think LJ might be a better place to...
  9. Reverse Taper Leg Table

    The table top is heart pine that was harvested from Eglin Air Force Base after a hurricane. The base is poplar that has been ebonized using India Ink. The reverse taper leg idea came from the following project. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/58392
  10. Marble Machine "Crazy Cateyes"

    This marble machine has 2 lifters, 4 paths (nail board, slalom with tipping lever, bell track and clickclock tower, bottleneck), a tipover container for 150 marbles and a "sound box" filled with bells, gongs, springs, woodblocks, etc. The marbles will be transported with the "Cateye wheel" to a...
  11. Ebonized Drawer Pulls (with Attached Tool Drawers)

    I had a bunch of tools just laying on the shelf beneath my bench that was a driving me crazy so I decided to make a set of drawers to organize and declutter the shelf. My neighbor was cleaning out their attic and gave me a couple of old table leaves that I decided to use to make the chest. The...
  12. Female Torso

    This was inspired by a torso carving in a book by Dick Onias. I took certain liberties, but the pose is very similar. I like the subtle twist at the waist and the effect that lifting the left arm has on the chest. I made it out of a chunk of Bradford Pear that broke out of our tree. I hate...
  13. Yellowheart and ebonized walnut jewelry box

    These are sister-in-law gifts. The design is inspired by Philip Weber. He has many imaginatively designed and beautifully crafted boxes http://weberboxes.com. The top is curved. The boxes are of Yellowheart and ebonized walnut and of maple with ebonized walnut...
  14. Art Deco Mantel

    I posted these to show a sample of ebonized walnut with lightly white washed maple & Poly finish.
  15. A Rose on a Bell

    This Basswood Rose was much easier carving than the Oxboard. The pattern for this was an advertisement for a porcelain Knick-knack in a magazine
  16. The full size #4 dw Infill

    My latest infill. #4 size, length is 9", width is 2". Metal is low carbon steel from mcmaster carr. Infill is ebonized walnut. The reason for the ebonizing was "just to try something different". I seen one I liked that was ebonized walnut, and I had walnut. Iron is a Hock. Chip breaker is 1/8"...
  17. Ebonized Ash Bookcase

    Sorry for the poor pics, it was hard to capture this in a good light. It's made from solid ash usinf dados, half laps and Miller dowels (I love these things). Shelves are adjustable. Face frame is a glued on, no biscuits or anything. I have not added the back yet, but it will be a black 1/4...
  18. Desk or Table

    I finished one desk!!! But it looks very much like table. I wanted to use this one for lap top computer. If there is no drawer, it must be a table. Made with walnut, ebonized walnut, and maple. Drawer is hidden as apron and made with cherry. 17×34 x 31 This time… tried dark wood combination.
  19. Off Topic Coffee Lounge
     A Blonde's Year in Review January Took new scarf back to store because it was too tight. February Fired from pharmacy job for failing to print labels….. Helllloooo!!!.......bottles won't fit in printer!!! March Got really excited…..finished jigsaw puzzle in 6 months….. Box said '...
  20. Finishing
    I know how to ebonize wood. What I would like to do is highlight the wood grain (I'm using oak) in white. It's a technique called cerusing but I have not been successful so far. Here's what I've tried to date: - Ebonized the wood using a highly concentrated tea to add tannin then painting...
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