Wednesday, January 13, 2010

One for the Road

A Cabinetmakers Toolchest

Just a quick note to say that the new (and last?) issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine has an edited version of one of the chapters from my book. A Cabinetmakers Toolchest- project one. For anyone that doesn't yet have a copy of Made by Hand, this may be a nice way to get a good look at some of what's inside. The issue, #181, February 2010 also has the first instalment of George Walkers new column, Design Matters as well as a few other great articles. Watch for it at your local newsstands.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Readers Projects

Made by Hand

Over the past few days I've received a few emails from people who have either built pieces from my book or have taken some of the elements and incorporated them into their own designs. I can't tell you how great this is for me to see people working through the designs. It's a very exciting time for me and I wanted to share them with you here.

The first came from Christopher Lindsay at the Combray Furniture Studio.

Chris was building a contemporary jewelry making cabinet for his wife and decided to use half of the design from Project 5 (Picture Perfect) in my book. It's very interesting to see how he used half of the dimensions to create this beautiful bank of drawers. I also found it quite interesting to see how he left the sides of the cabinet open to show the drawer sides. This was actually something I considered doing in my own version of the piece. I don't recall if I mentioned it in the text but I also considered using glass for side panels...maybe the next one?
You can follow along with Chris through the entire building process on his great blog.
Well done Chris and thanks for sharing!

The second came from Richard Siudek of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Richard built his own version of Skinny Legs and All...the small side table, Project 3 in my book.

This is what Richard had to say-
"Hi Tom,
Well it is finally complete! There are a few mistakes but I certainly learned a lot and overall it was fun! The milling and dimensioning were done on a machine but the rest was by hand. I used some leftover ash which was not ideal from a grain viewpoint; the drawer fronts are walnut and the pulls were purchased."

It's interesting to see how the prominent grain in the ash plays through the tapered legs. Lots of nicely made dovetails here and a piece you should be proud to call your own. Well done Richard, and thanks again for sharing this.

And finally, another project from the book but this time a pair of shop bents.

For those of you who don't yet have a copy of Made by Hand, I should tell you that besides the furniture projects, the book also has a few work shop appliance projects and this one is from Larry Marshall over at Wood n' Bits Workshop. Larry blogged his way through the entire process of making these and I can say that I was laughing out loud while I read his posts. Some great writing and another great example of one of the book project. Thanks again for sharing Larry~

I really appreciate everyone sending in their photos and welcome anyone else out there to do the same! My new site will have a dedicated area where I'll post these and other readers projects. I feel that having these available will help others when they're working through their own versions of the pieces.
Thanks again and happy shavings!