May

6

Cherry Toybox

By Jim

Hooray!!! This weekend I finally finished a toybox for my niece that I started almost two years ago. It was just one of those projects that never seemed to get done.

The top, front, sides and decorative portion of the back are solid cherry. The lower portion of the back is cherry veneered plywood. The bottom is oak veneered plywood. The front is joined to the sides with hand-cut dovetails. The back is rabbetted into the sides. The decorative piece at the top of the back is joined to the rail below it with dowels and mortised into the sides. The top is attached with a piano hinge and has a soft-close mechanism so Isabella won’t hurt her little hands.


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Dec

30

Cherry Table

By Jim

I took the opportunity over the holidays to take pictures of the cherry table I had made for my parents some time back.  I got a nice piece of curly cherry for the top and drawer front.  I used analine dye instead of stain so the figure wouldn’t be obscured.  It was also my first real attempt at hand-cut half-blind dovetails on the drawer.

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Nov

30

Wood Balls

By Jim

This is perhaps my most impractical yet most interesting project.  People who visit my house and see them can’t help but pick them up and ask what kind of wood each one is.  To answer that question, look at the picture with the balls in a row.  From left to right the woods are maple, red oak, cherry, chakte viga, mahogany, ipe, wenge, black palm, bubinga, chakte kok, bloodwood and purpleheart.  It’s tough to make out some of the darker colors, but it’s a good sampling.  I intended these to be my samples for folks to pick out woods for projects instead of the traditional 1/2″x3″x6″ block.  I’ll have to make more someday to reflect all the species with which I work.

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Nov

30

Cherry Dish

By Jim

A dish made of solid cherry.  I purposely turned this with fairly thick walls.  I has three turned rings in the center and another three on the top of the rim.  If you move it around in the light, you can see that this piece of cherry has a bit of curl.

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