This gallery represents my work. You will be able to obtain my sense of design, and craftsmanship. A brief synopsis is provided for each piece/project. This page is updated as projects are completed.
Here, a 2 compartment Tea Chest made entirely out of Claro Walnut. I love the grain pattern on the lid. It presents a pattern that displays depth. Towards the bottom of the lid is an area where there was a knot. I really wanted to use this piece of wood so I just encased the void with the trim. The center divider for the box is burled maple. Each side will hold 1 box of tea containing 20 bags.
This box has 3 compartments. It was the first one that I created. It is constructed using Oak that was colored with aniline dye, finished with oil and Shellac. I applied Douglas fir Bark on the sides as a relief to give it texture and dimension.
This piece was constructed of several different types of wood. The sides and bottom are poplar. The top is composed of poplar (the main surface area) w/inlay of tiger wood and walnut. The front lid lift is composed of poplar and tiger wood. It features a divider placed in the middle to make 2 separate storage areas within the box. It was finished using a mixture of ebony, and Jacobean stain, teak oil, and wax.
A keepsake box with character. The dimensions are 4x6x6. The materials that were used are poplar, ash, and pine. The lid has crown molding edging and is removable. Also, the box features a hidden compartment, only accessible when the lid is removed, as shown in the photo. When the lid is removed, there is no indication that the front has a false panel that can be lifted to reveal the hidden compartment below.
When I picked the board for this box, there really wasn’t anything remarkable about it except it had some interesting grain patterns on top. The wood is Poplar, and the lid is Mahogany. It wasn’t until I applied an oil finish, that this exquisite piece came to life. Look @ it, if you could only see the piece in person. I could only compare the gold tones to what the streets of gold in heaven could be like, the color is ethereal. There is depth, and richness on all sides. Photos don’t do this piece justice. This is what the Creator can and does do.
A Favorite Piece
Of all the projects that I have completed, this by far is my favorite. The original plan for this piece was for a tool cabinet, but I decided to use it for some books that are precious to me, my Bibles and related Biblical studies materials. So I added 3 additional fixed shelves.
I wanted an elegant look, but something classic as well, so black was the perfect choice for the dominate color. I also didn’t want everything to be dark, and the Spalted maple was the perfect wood to use for contrast, as it had splashes of black throughout the pieces used for the raised panels.
The stiles and rails of the doors are solid red oak dyed using black aniline dye and a golden oak gel stain overlay to pop the grain and highlight the panels. I decided to leave the edges of the doors natural, and adjust the door placement proud to give added depth and contrast. There was a slight mishap profiling the raised panels (see shot of panels, just above and to the right).
Burn marks occurred from using the shaper, however I decided not to sand them out because they gave the panels a worn antique look and feel and actually added to the look of the Spalted maple panels. The marks are prevalent in the upper and bottom corners of each panel.
The case shell, top, bottom, and inside shelves are constructed of Oak Ply veneer. The back was made out of 6mm Burch veneer, with the side facing inward receiving the same over-all finish for the case. The shelves were left natural, receiving only a clear water-based finish from Rockler.
I installed 3 fixed shelves to house bibles and books. The shelves are edged with roasted red oak and finished with linseed oil and wax. Interestingly, the roasted red oak when finished with oil turns darker (see drawer detail below).
The drawer pulls I found in an antique gallery about $3.50 for both, which was a real blessing. I took a rotary tool to it, and grinned away until the surface was free of the patina that had accumulated. What you see is the result.
I constructed the drawer front & sides out of poplar. I used African Mahogany for the backs (why? because that’s all I had left @ the moment, and you don’t see the back anyway). 1/4 Baltic Burch was used for the bottom, which was chosen for the color contrast. The drawer faces are red oak, dyed and finished like the over-all finish, and have a roasted red oak top edge finish. Drawer hardware: from Accu-glide.
I designed and constructed this Fireplace Mantle for a condo that I owned. I designed the entire interior, but not the floor plan. The mantle itself is constructed out of paint-grade pine & crown molding to match the molding above. Total pieces used in the construction: 7. 3-sided frame, where the molding is attached, 3 pieces of molding, and 1 solid top, with 1/2 round edging. It was painted with white semi-gloss paint to match the molding in the unit. The mantle is portable, i.e. it can be removed for cleaning and/or painting.