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Walnut and Curly Maple Bed

Walnut and Curly Maple Bed

This was my first commissioned work. An Asian inspired bed based on the customers ideas. I designed it in Sketchup. I went through about 6 versions until the customer said that's the one for me. The...

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Mahogany and Leather Side Table

Mahogany and Leather Side Table

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I came across an incredibly lovely board of Santos mahogany one day, with swirls of vanilla and orange in the grain, that board is what inspired the whole piece.  The legs are ebonized maple with a...

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Cherry Bed Frame

Cherry Bed Frame

Cherry bed frame styled after one by Thos Moser. Finished with oil varnish mixture. My wife loves it, as do I.

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Sapele Ottoman

Sapele Ottoman

This Ottoman was designed with a bit of Asian flair to suit the style preferences of a family member. It is solid African Sapele wood all around with the exception of Alder used for internal corner...

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Walnut bench after Nakashima

Walnut bench after Nakashima

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Several years ago I bought a walnut slab from a sawyer in Missouri. I looked at it for several years, off-and-on, and a couple of months ago put it in my shop. Having nothing wide enough to flatten...

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Marre Live Edge Coffee Table

Marre Live Edge Coffee Table

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MARRE LIVE EDGE COFFEE TABLE   Materials: Claro Walnut, Black Walnut Dimensions: 74"L  x  26"W  x  15"H Finish:  Natural hand-rubbed oil + wax -- buffed and polished to a satin glossThis...

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Ryan Display Coffee Table

Ryan Display Coffee Table

RYAN DISPLAY COFFEE TABLE   Materials:  Black Walnut, Glass Dimensions:  60"L x 24"W x 15"H * SOLID HARDWOOD CONSTRUCTION -- 6/4 BLACK WALNUT * HAND-CUT MORTISE/TENON + DOWEL WEDGE JOINERY * 14"...

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Cherry bookcase with floating top

Cherry bookcase with "floating" top

This is my first woodworking project I designed myself. Its cherry for the main carcase, pine ship lapped back, and an oak top dyed black. This was my first venture into knife hinges, which went...

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Reed Bench

Reed Bench

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Built entirely from hard maple and walnut. Joinery is the key to  overall aesthetic as well as the strength of bench. The marraige of contemporary design and traditional woodworking techniques is...

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Reed Tansu

Reed Tansu

Commissioned in 2012 by client for private residence in Maryland. Although initial inspiration came from more traditional Tansu cabinets, some would say I have used the term incorrectly, I retained...

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Guest apartment

Guest apartment

We recently completed the addition of a small guest apartment and now I have been working on finishing it. We built custom mahogany cabinets for the kitchen and I have been busy making the furniture...

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Coffee Table

Coffee Table

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After a house fire last year the coffee table I had was destroyed so I had to build myself a new one.  The tiger maple used for the top reminded me of ripples in a stream and so it needed some...

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Moon and Stars Table

Moon and Stars Table

This bar height table was created using a salvaged maple counter slab. The walnut moons/stars visible on the top are through tenons used to attach the top to the base (see photo #4). The maple...

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Cherry Coffee Table

Cherry Coffee Table

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Cherry with Wenge & Bocote butterflies. Copper joins legs, legs are joined to top with fox wedged tenons. Finish is Tried & True varnish oil. 18 X 48 X 19 

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Madrone Dining Sideboard

Madrone Dining Sideboard

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Madrone sideboard, designed using cardboard mockups and SketchUp. Built from a madrone tree I cut & dried 25+ years ago. Side panels are figured maple; antique glass doors. Interior is birch...

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Waterfall Bubinga Sofa-back Table

Waterfall Bubinga Sofa-back Table

This table features gorgeous waterfall bubinga veneers, finely hand-cut half-blind dovetailed 3 cute drawers with bird's eye maple sides for contrast. This time, I did not go for the contrasting...

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Wenge & Quilted Maple Entertainment Console

Wenge & Quilted Maple Entertainment Console

This wenge cabinet with quilted maple panels feature double tapered legs and sides, huge slab of wide wenge board, which has an eye just like Jupiter's red eye, on top and shimmering quilted maple...

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Asian inspired Gong Rack

Asian inspired Gong Rack

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This project was quite challenging. It incorporates more than 20 mortise and tenon joints.  So while it was an adventure in maintaining style and grace, it also was quite technical.  The...

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How to Make a Drawbored Mortise and Tenon Joint

How to Make a Drawbored Mortise and Tenon Joint

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Okay, maybe I'm not ready to get rid of my clamps just yet, but with drawbore pegs, I'll be doing a lot less clamping in the future.

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Nolan Dining Room Table

Nolan Dining Room Table

This dining room table was made out of highly figured Mahogany, also known as "Ribbon Striped". The base has gracefully curving legs that lead up to the apron which is reminiscent of Japanese...

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