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Winter 2013-2014

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Red oak solid and plywood, aniline dyes and polyurethane.

Tim Raml
Baltic, SD 

“The doors for the entertainment center are mortise and tenoned with square pegs.  I don't have the expensive router bits to make the cope and stick joint.  I used pocket screws for the face frame.”



George Bradley
Randolph, NE
Red oak solid and plywood with a lacquer finish.

“I've always been fascinated with the Shaker and mission cabinet styles. The face frame and doors are tongue and groove. The spice drawers are dovetailed in solid oak. I dressed this one up with beaded molding around the doors.”




Fabian Little
Walnut and oak (cut by a local sawyer), orange shellac, poly urethane and paste wax.

“I built the blanket chest for my wife. I used frame and panel construction. I cut the raised panels on the table saw (just my preference). The top is book-matched walnut. The corners are mitered and splined.”



Art Sudak

Poplar, curly maple, 5/4 purple heart, 1/4" maple plywood, wipe on oil & urethane mix.

“My curio cabinet was one of my first attempts at custom furniture. I have been in the construction trades since 1978 and have a passion for woodworking. The cabinet is hung using a pair of French cleats.”




C. Roth


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Mike Rosenberg,
Tecumseh, Michigan

Red oak, poplar, plain sliced red oak plywood, Polyshades Bombay Mahogany

“The piece is one of a five-piece bedroom set I built for my wife. The canted corners were made by ripping the plywood and face frame at 22.5 degrees and then finishing the joint with a chamfered router bit. The drawers are joined with box joints.
The first attempt at the finish turned out awful. I tried to put it on too thick. After stripping and reapplying several thin coats I was able to get the look I was after.”




Bill Kurtz
Pine, tung oil

“The cabinet houses power strips with surge protectors to charge all our hand held electronic gear.  The legs and base are joined with mortise and tenon joints. The cabinet is joined with rabbets and dadoes. The face frame is biscuited together. I left space between the back of the cabinet and the shelves to snake wires through. A wire keeper at the back of each shelf keeps the cords in order. The legs were purchased at a home center as well as the top piece of molding.”




Cliff Reid
Louisville, KY

Solid walnut, poplar, shellac and gel varnish.

“I made this chest for my daughter to celebrate the birth of her first child, Sam. She asked for something to use as a changing table and to hold diapers.
Once Sam was out of diapers, my son-in-law decided to move the changing table to the dining room and use it as a buffet. It has since been promoted to the living room where it serves as a stand for their new flat panel TV.”



Craig Lutke
Grand Prairie, TX.
Pecan, cedar, Minwax Natural and Fruitwood stains, Minwax  gloss polyurethane.

“I made this chest of drawers for the birth of my first daughter, Sahara Rose. The chest was supposed to be a changing table/chest of drawers, but ended up being a bit larger than I originally planned.  I chose pecan because it's one of the few native Texas hardwoods available.

The knobs are amber-colored glass roses to match my daughter's middle name. The ivy strips are laser carved mouldings.”



Curtiss C. Bohall
11 7/8" T x 15"D x 22"L
Cherry, brass
“My wife needed a bench for her new keyboard.  It had to have wheels with a top that was easily removed. The box fits nicely under the keyboard, and rolls out when she needs to get to the music books. My wife thinks it is a handsome piece of furniture.” 

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*** Powell
Corvallis, OR 
Pacific dogwood (Cornus nutallii); locally harvested and air dried, beveled glass, shellac and wipe-on poly.

 “The dogwood boards were narrow so I had to edge glue seven pieces for the sides. Most of the corners have lock-miters.  The doors and all the parts with glass have mortise and tenon joints. The back is resawn, book matched dogwood glued onto a plywood substrate. As per the clients request, there is no visible hardware on the piece.”




Ed Koenig
Cherry, walnut, osage orange, purpleheart, Brazilian satinwood, bloodwood, mahogany, lacewood, sassafras, basswood, zebrawood, boiled linseed oil, turpentine and beeswax.

“I am strictly a self-taught amateur woodworker, but I enjoy it tremendously. I built this pie safe for my lovely wife. I did not have enough wood of a single species, but lots of scrap. The varied wood patterns are equal side to side except a flip on the satinwood / bloodwood pattern.”



Bill Brun
Longwood, Fl

Materials: Red oak; wool yarn for the mane and tail; soft leather for the ears.
Finish: Miniwax Red Oak oil based stain; four coats of Minwax Polyurethane Semi-Gloss rubbed with 0000 steel wool.

“A business associate commissioned me to make an heirloom rocking horse for her grand daughter. There was a lot of fine-tuning in order to get the feet to mount smoothly to the base.
The main is comprised of individual strands of yarn glued into 450+ 1/8th inch holes drilled every 1/4 of an inch up the neck and head.”



John Pckrell
Boise, Idaho

Cherry sides and bottoms with lacewood tops.


John Pickrell
Boise, Idaho

One level is made with zebrawood and bloodwood, the other from bloodwood and fir.



Ron Spears
60”T x 24”W x 12”D
Walnut, ash, boiled lindseed oil.

“All the solid wood comes form a local mill. I cut the wood into strips with beveled edges then biscuit joined them together to create the arch. The front edges are rounded over with a router. The back is plywood stained with a faux finish. ”



30”T x 41"W x 62” – 84”L
Walnut, boiled linseed oil, wipe-on poly.

Tim Raml
Baltic, SD

“This table was the first time I used rough lumber for a project. It saved me money, but was a lot of work for a guy without an electric planer. I bought the legs from Osborne Wood.  I used mortise and tenons for the leg to apron joints. "


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