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Statistics: Posted by — Sun Jun 11, 2017 10:30 pm

2016-12-21T00:36:03-07:00 <![CDATA[Original Designs • Re: Curved Top Jewelry Box in Maple Burl 2008]]>
rwest wrote:

I made this box for our guild's annual show. It won the category "Best Detail" for the Ebony and Holly checkerboard inlay. It was the first time I had used a vacuum veneer press, the first time I veneered anything and the first time I used profiled inlays in a project. It was a difficult undertaking, and I even developed an eye "tick" for awhile!

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Hello Rutager,
This is box is very impressive!!
Would you wanna sell it ?

Statistics: Posted by — Wed Dec 21, 2016 12:36 am

2014-03-16T10:05:07-07:00 <![CDATA[Original Designs • Re: Periapsis]]>
As far as the wood goes, everything is Poplar except for the outside ring around the top which is Cherry.


Statistics: Posted by — Sun Mar 16, 2014 10:05 am

2014-03-14T17:20:29-07:00 <![CDATA[Original Designs • Re: Periapsis]]>
What is the wood in the middle of the laminated top? It makes some beautiful contrasting patterns with the beveled edge. I particularly like the way you canted the arched legs in toward the center of the top. It creates a nice tension at the top, and stability at the bottom.

And, as always, your photographs are sumptuous. I'm envious of your skills.

Nice work! Thanks so much for sharing!

Statistics: Posted by PFranks — Fri Mar 14, 2014 5:20 pm

2014-03-14T09:33:28-07:00 <![CDATA[Original Designs • Re: Periapsis]]>
- Consuelo

Statistics: Posted by Consuelo — Fri Mar 14, 2014 9:33 am

2014-03-12T16:07:24-07:00 <![CDATA[Original Designs • Periapsis]]>
On this living room table, which many of you might call a coffee table, her only words were something to the effect of "I don't want anything square."

I have a real close friend, met him first in the bar I like to frequent. His bar nickname is (and hopefully you all know the importance of having a bar nickname) TequilaJohn...some others call him NasaJohn. That comes from him having a PhD in tequila as well as working at NASA. He works at NASA because he has a real PhD in Artificial Intelligence.

He shoots rockets to the moon, this is his second mission since I first met him. The missions take years in planning, building, testing, blasting off, orbit mantenance and in his present mission, crashing the ship into the moon. So over the years and over drinks and playing music together I've heard all the minutia of whatever phase of the mission John is in.

This table I designed around these conversations with John. The present mission, LADEE, is orbiting the moon right now in extremely low orbits to study the atmosphere and the orbits are running in a difficult direction. A direction most satellites don't take around a celestial body. The orbits are constantly being fixed. It seems to be fairly obvious once you think about it but this little bit of knowledge I found fascinating so I decided to draw my orbits by hand. They aren't perfect. They aren't CAD drawn, they aren't CAD cut out. Just my eye, pencil and eraser.
John says most of the science happens when the periapsis is also approaching the moon's sunrise terminator....ummmmmhokay. John of course needs to explain that to me which is outside my pay grade for this writing but the periapsis is that point in the orbit that's closest to the body it's orbiting.

The table has arcs that shoot across the darkened cosmos, celestial bodies, a galaxy (ok, just go with me here), and multiple orbits.
Poplar because poplar needs to come out from it's hiding place as a secondary wood.
For those that love links.
a little blog entry I did on John

More pics

Statistics: Posted by — Wed Mar 12, 2014 4:07 pm

2012-10-16T08:55:59-07:00 <![CDATA[Original Designs • Re: Liquor Cabinet]]>
Warning for those whom might be offended but there's some strong language, drinking of adult beverages and a bit of mocking of religions in it.

For those with less the fast internet, hit the HD button in the lower right hand of the video to turn off High Definition.

And thanks Peter for the kind words.

Statistics: Posted by — Tue Oct 16, 2012 8:55 am

2012-09-17T15:51:02-07:00 <![CDATA[Original Designs • Re: Liquor Cabinet]]>
(For other readers, Paul had to point out the Martini-glass curves to me...)

Statistics: Posted by PFranks — Mon Sep 17, 2012 3:51 pm

2012-09-04T12:55:23-07:00 <![CDATA[Original Designs • Liquor Cabinet]]> Image

I was watching a nicely told Italian film recently, “Pane e Tupani”…I had seen it before but wanted to watch again because the dialog is slow and good for learning the language. There’s a scene where the main male character comes back home after wooing the main female character and he opens up his liquor cabinet to fix a drink. It was then I said, “Hey, I want a liquor cabinet too”.

The pallet wood always represented the ocean to me, maybe because of the grain felt like a set of waves coming in, maybe because I thought the pallet had come from overseas and so conceptually I designed around that thought.

The handle…the fish knocker.. I bought in a small antique store outside of Lisbon, Portugal. My last trip over there I started to buy some old hardware thinking I could incorporate them into my furniture.

The wood engraving in the right hand side comes from a photo I took on my girlfriend’s 50th birthday. We ate lunch in a small fishing village outside of Porto, Portugal. There was no menu in the restaurant. We went in, sat down and waited for something to happen. We looked to be the only non town people in there and eventually somebody came over and pulled us outside. We were to pick our fish from a table and that was thrown on the grill. We were led back inside and beer and wine and the rest of the mystery lunch was brought to us. It was a sublime lunch.

The door is made from shop made plywood..commercial stuff ain’t got no soul. All the hardware is shop made as well..a bit funky but funky is who I am.

LED strip lighting comes on when the door is opened. The wire door stops retract via a large fishing sinker. I wrapped the midsection with leather to control the noise. The wire door stop does give a very nice little auditory note when the door is opening. I like it.
There's hammered copper on the top as well as the inside of the door.
The engravings on both sides come out with the thought that it could be an ongoing and changing project of making new blocks and printing them up.
And as always more pics here

Statistics: Posted by — Tue Sep 04, 2012 12:55 pm

2012-05-06T07:52:12-07:00 <![CDATA[Original Designs • Re: Tall Kitchen Table/Workspace with Recycled Marble]]> Thanks a lot. The top portion of the legs were worked with chisels and Iwasaki rasps and then the bandsaw came into play for the long straightaways.
And again, thanks for the compliments.

Statistics: Posted by — Sun May 06, 2012 7:52 am

2012-05-06T05:26:05-07:00 <![CDATA[Original Designs • Re: Tall Kitchen Table/Workspace with Recycled Marble]]>
I didn't think there was anything that hasn't been done in a 4 legged table design- until I saw your table! The legs have a very original and pleasing shape and the bowed stretchers are very nice too, good work. How did you shape the legs?


Statistics: Posted by rwest — Sun May 06, 2012 5:26 am

2012-05-04T15:15:27-07:00 <![CDATA[Original Designs • Tall Kitchen Table/Workspace with Recycled Marble]]>
more pics here ... 964_WW7Mpr


Statistics: Posted by — Fri May 04, 2012 3:15 pm

2012-03-27T21:02:55-07:00 <![CDATA[Original Designs • A Few Things I've Been Doing]]> Statistics: Posted by — Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:02 pm

2012-02-26T20:07:12-07:00 <![CDATA[Original Designs • Re: Television holding device]]>
The caterpillar handle is actually a "J"....for Josephine.

The thousand miters I need to take some more photos of things in order to speak more clearly and the cameras are tied up right now on a wine set and I don't want to move them until after tomorrow.

And thanks again.

Statistics: Posted by — Sun Feb 26, 2012 8:07 pm

2012-02-26T19:54:33-07:00 <![CDATA[Original Designs • Re: Television holding device]]>
By the way, I love the sculpting on the back face - both inside and out. Nice touch. And that little caterpillar-like handle is very cool and organic. Great spalting in that central piece, too.

So what are you making with your thousands of mitered pieces?

- Peter

Statistics: Posted by PFranks — Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:54 pm