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Master Bath Vanity
Wood: Distressed Pine
Stain: Minwax Provincial
Finish: Conversion Varnish
Hours: 26

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I like the warmth and character of pine for many projects and I think this country style bathroom was the perfect place to use it. My wife and I undertook this massive bathroom renovation in our home knowing we were giving up our entire summer to do it. We installed a floor heater and tiled the shower, tub, and floor. Then I built the vanity, mirror, medicine cabinet, molding, and closet shelves. It was quite a task but we are happy with the results.

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Office Furniture
Wood: Cherry
Stain: Antique Cherry Finish: Conversion Varnish
Hours: 140

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This is our home office. The furniture is solid cherry with raised panel construction. The desk is a bit taller than normal to accomodate my posture and typing style. The drawers are full extension and dovetailed and the doors have soft-closing mechanisms. The only parts that are not solid lumber are the drawer bottoms, the back of the hutch/credenza, and the desk tops which are veneered with paperbacked cherry.

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Pedestal Table 2
Wood: Cherry
Stain: Minwax Provincial
Finish: Conversion Varnish
Hours: 10

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This was a fairly easy project. I gave myself some freedom on the turned part since I knew I wouldn't have to duplicate it. I've done others like this and they are always enjoyable projects.

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End Table
Wood: Cherry
Veneer: Walnut Burl
Stain: Minwax Provincial
Finish: Conversion Varnish
Hours: 12

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This was the first project I did for our family room. I kept it simple because I had recently taken a break from woodworking and wanted to get back into it with something easy. The top and the shelf are made from bookmatched walnut burl veneer.

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Coffee Table
Wood: Cherry
Stain: Minwax Provincial
Finish: Conversion Varnish
Hours: 23

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This coffee table is a bit larger than normal but I wanted something with a hefty look. The top is cherry veneer but the rest is solid cherry lumber. I bordered the cherry veneer top with walnut strips before I applied the cherry edge molding. The drawers are full extension and dovetailed. To break up the top a bit, I cut out recesses for some marble-look floor tile.

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End Table 2
Wood: Cherry
Veneer: Walnut Burl
Stain: Minwax Provincial
Finish: Conversion Varnish
Hours: 12

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The first end table I made for the family room was a bit too small so I reversed the shape of the legs and added a few inches to the width and length. The result was a simple project with a certain charm. The top is made from bookmatched walnut burl veneer.

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Knick-Knick Display
Wood: Cherry
Veneer: Walnut Burl
Stain: Minwax Provincial
Finish: Conversion Varnish
Hours: 12

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This was another weekend project that didn't turn out too bad. The sides are
walnut burl veneer set into a rail and stile of cherry lumber. The top is cherry veneer with a cherry molding.

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Entertainment Center
Wood: Distressed Cherry
Veneer: Cherry
Stain: Minwax Provincial
Finish: Conversion Varnish
Hours: 80+

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This project was challenging in design but simple to build. There are basically 10 parts and each is held together with "furniture connectors". The design work took at least 15 hours because I wanted to accomodate all of our home theater system without wasting space.

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Bath Vanity
Wood: Cherry
Veneer: Tamo Ash
Stain: Minwax Provincial
Finish: Conversion Varnish
Hours: 30

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This one was a challenge because of the stone sink bowls. Each was a slightly different diameter which made it difficult to level the bowls side by side. The Tamo ash veneer really makes this project stand out. I used the Tamo in several areas (base molding accent, panels, mirror accent, sink offset base) to give the project some vibrance.

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Bedroom Set

Bedroom Suite
Wood: Cherry
Stain: None
Finish: Lacquer
Hours: 160+ (Furniture)
Hours: 35 (Ceiling)

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The bedroom project turned out to be one of my favorites. The furniture is solid cherry and made with raised panel construction. The drawers are cherry sapwood left-overs and are dovetailed. The ceiling is cherry and pine. The pine wainescoting was milled in my shop from 16/4 pine boards.The windows were re-trimmed with pine molding and paperbacked pine veneer.

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Dining Room Furniture
Wood: Cherry
Stain: None
Finish: Lacquer
Hours: 120+ (Furniture)

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The dining room furniture was another project that was challenging from a design standpoint. It is solid cherry lumber with the exception of the back boards on the hutch and buffet. The drawers are dovetailed cherry. The most difficult pieces in this room were the chairs which were so frustrating, I almost gave up on it. The dining table has more than 20 coats of diluted polyurethane applied via a "spit coating" method.

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Elm Burl Veneer Folding Trays

Folding Trays
Wood: Cherry
Veneer: Elm Burl
Stain: None
Finish: Lacquer
Hours: 16

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These folding trays were based on a plan I found in Wood Magazine. The only real changes I made were in using the elm burl veneer on the tops. Overall, this was a fun weekend (x2) project that gave me a great opportunity to use more of this oustanding veneer.

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Kitchen Project
Wood: Maple
Stain: None
Finish: Conversion Varnish
Hours: 74,126.9

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A massive undertaking for this woodworker. It took several months of nearly non-stop work to complete. When the project was finished, we were delighted with the results. Unfortunately, we decided to move to a newer home only a year later. Ugggg!

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Maple Tree Desk

Tree Desk
Wood: Walnut/Maple
Stain: None
Finish: Lacquer
Hours: 120
Size: 29"h x 19"d

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The top "slab" is a single piece of maple from a 150 year old tree cut down in WhiteHall, MD and is supported by 7 layers of walnut to form the shape of a tree. The bottom part of the legs appear as roots growing from the rug. Inlaid with zebrawood and walnut butterflies. Natural edge with bark removed.

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Mahogany Pedestal Table

Pedestal Table
Wood: Mahogany
Stain: Walnut gel stain
Finish: Lacquer
Hours: 6
Size: 29"h x 19"d

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Dovetail fitted legs
Split wedge top attachment
Great practice on the lathe since you don't have to duplicate the work piece.

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Fiber Optic Table

Fiber Optic Table
Wood: Cherry
Stain: Brown Transtints
Finish: PC lacquer
Hours: 120
Size: 48"w x 15"d x 29"h

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Made with cabriole style legs and mortise and tenon joinery. A walnut burl veneer was used on the top to camouflage the fiber optics. A lengthy project but not terribly difficult. Click here to read more about it.

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Oak Coffee Table

Coffee Table
Wood: Oak
Stain: NGR Hickory
Finish: PC lacquer
Hours: 20
Size: 48"l x 19"w x 18"h

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Mortise and tenon joinery
Full extension dovetailed drawers
Brass hardware
1.5" thick top piece is curly oak.

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Oak Fireplace Surround

Fireplace Surround
Wood: Oak
Stain: Walnut gel stain
Finish: PC lacquer
Hours: 10
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A surprisingly easy project.
Mounted to wall with 6 hidden screws for easy removal (when painting).
1.5" thick solid oak mantle piece.

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Zebrawod Table

Shaker Table
Wood 1: Walnut
Wood 2: ZebraWood
Stain: None
Finish: PC lacquer
Hours: 8
Size: 20"w x 14"d x 33"t

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I have always enjoyed the "lines" in Shaker furniture. In this case, I felt it was necessary to enhance the piece with a bit of exotic wood. You'll find ebony and purple heart on this table too. The tapered legs were attached with mortise and tenon joinery and the drawer is made with "finger" or "box" joints.

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Cherry Display Case

Display Case
Wood: Cherry
Stain: None
Finish: Tinted lacquer
Hours: 5
Size: 27"w x 5"d x 19"t

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Dovetailed body
Hidden hinges, no knobs or pulls
1/4" glass shelving w/ edge treatment
Lacquer tinted with "medium brown" Transtints

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Oak Plant Stand

Plant Stand
Wood: Oak
Stain: None
Finish: MW Provincial
Hours: 2
Size: 36"t x 11"w

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Yet another simple project. I made a pair of these for my wife's plants to rest upon. The whole project is just a bunch a easily cut out squares.

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Cherry Frame and Shelf

Frame & Shelf
Wood: Cherry
Stain: None
Finish: Lacquer
Hours: 2
Size: 24"w

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The print (titled Our Daily Bread) is framed in cherry with a simple beaded inset. The 4 peg cherry shelf has a hint of "country patriotism" and matches the frame in design and simplicity.

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Veneer Insert Picture Frame

Picture Frames
Wood: Cherry
Stain: None
Finish: Lacquer
Hours: 2
Size: 2.5"w

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Cherry frame with madrone burl veneer inset. I have always enjoyed contrasting wood combinations, but this time, I wanted to draw less attention to the frame and more attention to my wife's needle point masterpiece. Very ease to make frame using only 2 router bits.

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Oak Entertainment Center

Entertainment Center
Wood: Oak
Stain: MW Provincial
Finish: Polyurethane
Hours: 30+
Size: 80"t x 35"w x 26"d

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Features solid brass hardware, full extension drawer slides, raised panel doors, dentil molding, and tempered glass shelving. The upper doors ride on cable driven "pocket door" hardware. For some reason, the stain made the cabinet look as if it were made from chestnut. This is not what I originally intended but it does look nice!

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