Walnut picture frames with Bicycle advertisement prints

I just completed a run of hand-carved walnut picture frames for a series of bicycle advertisement re-prints I’d been collecting.  They combine two of my passions- cycling and woodworking. I have many more of these prints available, and will be framing them bit-by-bit as I get the time and materials. They are for sale for $175 each, and vary a bit in size but average about 16″ x 20″. The frames are Oregon black walnut and were joined with a half-lap miter (which is much stronger than a typical picture-frame miter joint) and hand-carved and scratch-beaded in various configurations.

Hope you like them!

crescent cycles print with walnut frame - $175

crescent cycles print with walnut frame – $175

Alder print with walnut frame - $175

Alder print with walnut frame – $175

Bird bike print with walnut frame - $175

Bird bike print with walnut frame – $175

locomotive and bike print with walnut frame - $175

locomotive and bike print with walnut frame – $175

winged women and bike print with walnut frame -$175

winged women and bike print with walnut frame -$175

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more sushi-boxes

Another run of boxes finished and photographed. If your interested in one, let me know here.

Prices specified do not include shipping.

double tiered walnut sushi box with textured top $195

double tiered walnut sushi box with textured top $195

double tiered walnut sushi box with textured top $195

double tiered walnut sushi box with textured top $195

double tiered SVG Fir sushi box with paduk pull $175

double tiered SVG Fir sushi box with paduk pull $175

double tiered SVG Fir sushi box with paduk pull $175

double tiered SVG Fir sushi box with paduk pull $175

double tiered black walnut sushi box with textured op $195

double tiered black walnut sushi box with textured op $195

double tiered black walnut sushi box with textured op $195

double tiered black walnut sushi box with textured op $195

rippled maple sushi box with wenge top $125

rippled maple sushi box with wenge top $125

Black walnut sushi box with top textured front and back $215

Black walnut sushi box with top textured front and back $215

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Little Boxes

Our first project for the Mastery Program at the Northwest Woodworking Studio is a sushi box based upon a design Gary Rogowski published in Fine Woodworking magazine. With my usual abundance of enthusiasm, I jumped right in with six original designs attempting to nail the perfect form, wood selection and pull. These are my first attempts. They are all for sale – if you are interested please let me know and I’ll set your choice aside for you. Otherwise, they are destined for a local gallery here in Portland and they price will reflect the markup. I think I need some better photography equipment; perhaps the sale of these will help finance a proper set of photography lights with reflectors and a professional backdrop.

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White oak and wenge inlay- $75

White oak and wenge inlay- $75

Bamboo with rosewood brass and paduk pull - $75

Bamboo with rosewood brass and paduk pull – $75

Bamboo box pull- rosewood, brass and paduk.

Bamboo box pull- rosewood, brass and paduk.

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Walnut and ebony with Ipe dividers- $100

Walnut and ebony with Ipe dividers- $100

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White oak and Paduk- $125

White oak and Paduk- $125

Ipe box with teak top and rosewood dividers- $125

Ipe box with teak top and rosewood dividers- $125

Ipe box with teak top and rosewood dividers- $125

Ipe box with teak top and rosewood dividers- $125

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Prairie Couch in Eastern American Walnut

I recently completed the first of three prairie style couches. They are based upon a design by Frank Lloyd Wright and fit nicely in both an arts and crafts as well as in a modern setting. The one shown in the photos below was built as a speculative piece and the other two are for a very nice couple who commissioned them from me here in Portland. They are all made from solid eastern walnut and finished with oil and wax. The speculative piece was professionally upholstered with sinusoidal springs under the seat cushions and covered in high-quality european leather. I am very happy with how it turned out as it is both beautiful and very comfortable.  I can not stop caressing the arms as they are smooth as silk!  I am asking $4500 for this couch, and plan on completing a matching ottoman or coffee table to be sold separately.

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Also finished; Spalted Valet

This is meant to be a “man’s box” for keys, spare change, wallets- a catch all for your pockets at the end of each day. It was a lot of fun curving the sides with a handplane and the inside via coping sled on the table saw.

Large curvet valet with inner box. Spalted wood and mahogany with wenge and paduk pulls.

Large curvet valet with inner box. Spalted wood and mahogany with wenge and paduk pulls.

The two lids are of solid spalted alder and maple. It has hand-carved handles of wenge and paduk .

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The main box is mahogany, the inner box of walnut.
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oil and wax finish, of course…

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I’m fond of making my “mustache” handles.

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Jewlery Box

Two years.  Two years it took me to finish this thing. Two years spent squinting at it- looking for possibilities. Two years of thinking about leg options late into the night.

And now it’s done.

Large Jewelry box, bubinga, mahogany and ebony with Pendelton wool drawer linings.

Large Jewelry box, bubinga, mahogany and ebony with Pendelton wool drawer linings.

I used brass plane iron adjustment knobs with rosewood infill. The drawers and top are made from a piece of billet wood I acquired from a guy who knows a guy who works on the docks here in Portland It was a piece of mahogany-like wood spalted from prolonged time in a ship hold in proximity of water and suitable fungi.

closeup drawers

closeup drawers

The top handel was hand-carved. The inner drawer dividers are rippled maple from a local maple tree.

top drawer open

top drawer open

I finished this with oil and wax. Couldn’t bring myself to give it a top-coat.

jewelry box front

jewelry box front

I managed to use lots of ebony pieces I’d had laying around for the trim.

drawers

drawers

The top lifting box is of a piece of Chechen I’d been lugging around with me since the early 1990′s. Drawer linings of Pendleton wool scraps.

JB top open

JB top open


Since this was a practice piece, my price on this has nothing to do with the amount of time it took. Thanks for looking!

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blanket chests

I recently finished a run of six milk-painted chests. These measure 19″ x 40″ x 16″ (height). They are constructed of southern yellow pine, finished in four coats of General Finishes Milk-Paint, then hand-rubed with oil and wax and fitted with soft-close hinges. Each carcase is dovetailed to ensure a chest that will last generations. I am selling these for $400-$500 each.  Own a quality piece of custom furniture, locally crafted in Portland, Oregon and support your local artisans!

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New stuff keeping me busy, old stuff needing to get finished…

I’ve been pretty busy these days between hanging with my kids while my wife works a long stretch of days, as well as kindergarten round-ups, getting our home ready for sale and acquiring the oak I need for a recent commission. Still I’ve managed to squeak in quite a lot of time for building. My goal is to have a few dozen items ready for sale for around the holidays (or possibly an art show or two this summer in the NW). I’m going to need to slow down a bit soon though, as the approaching spring and mountain bike season on Mt. Hood and St. Helens is beckoning me.  Here’s a quick look at what I’ve got in progress.

Dovetails tails cut on Southern Yellow Pine

Dovetails tails cut on Southern Yellow Pine

These are the beginnings of a half dozen toy boxes/coffee table/side tables in progress. They will be larger than the toy box I made for Madeline (here). The southern yellow pine has been jointed, dimensioned and the tails cut.

Leigh adjustable dovetail Jig

Leigh adjustable dovetail Jig

This is the set-up I use for machine-cut dovetails.

windsor shield seat in white pine

windsor shield seat in white pine

I’ve glued up a 2 inch thick slab of white pine for use on a Philadelphia style windsor fan back chair. I hope it turns out something like this.

sticks made octangle while green on shave horse

sticks made octangle while green on shave horse

These are the spindles I rived and octangalized (ha) for the chair. I used my new shave horse for shaping. The spindles need to dry in my shop for a few days then get further dried in a kiln I’ve yet to make.

shavehorse -Boggs style

shavehorse -Boggs style

The shavehorse I threw together in about 20 hours with $50 in soft maple.

shavehorse seat in cherry and walnut. The points on the sides are for grabbing to scoot your seat forward or backwards when you need to.

shavehorse seat in cherry and walnut. The points on the sides are for grabbing to scoot your seat forward or backwards when you need to.

The cherry seat was my first time using a lancelot disk on my grinder for shaping. I’d like to do my shaping by hand with a scorp and travisher, but I need to get over the sharpening hurdle first. Still, this one was fun to make.

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I’ve been making the patterns for the Peter Galbert Windsor rocker from Fine woodworking (here).

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I have the seat glued up and pattern with sight-lines and resultant angles drawn on it. I think I am doing this entire chair in Ash.

I have a series of small tables I drew a pattern for marked out on some quartersawn oak as well.

All this is just the most recent stuff. I have three jewelry boxes, four peppermills, eight sets of toy trains (3 cars each -only the locomotives need finishing), and several dozen assorted pens and small lathe toys to finish. Not mentioning the half dozen or so tools I have planed to make for myself (spokeshave, chisel handles, krenov plane(s), straight-edges/winding sticks and layout square).

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Stickley #72 Magazine Stand

Saw this in a blog by Chris Schwarz (here) and really liked the proportions. It was originally designed for Stickley by Harvey Ellis, who lightened the heavy Stickley look with a slight taper to the legs and the curved top stretcher. I changed the way the bottom shelf meets the stretcher to ensure consistent grain.

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The piece is quartersawn white oak with an aniline dye followed by three coats of varnish/oil and brown paste wax.

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An easy little build though I had to use some case-hardened oak for the legs I was able to keep the visible checks to a minimum.

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The back is shiplapped flat-sawn white oak with a chamfer at the seams. Unfortunately, the case is a little small to hold full-sized kids books. Magazines or small books are the ticket.

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Bow-arm Morris Chair

This is my second attempt at the Morris chair shown in the gregory Paolini morris chair   built for Fine Woodworking (here) and for which plans are published by American Furniture Design Co.  The piece is still in need of upholstery; for which I’ve a brown leather that matches another piece I’ve made for our living room. I feel this chair came out heads and tails better than my first Morris chair – a project I first undertook with next to no real woodworking skills to my credit. I think a lot of it comes down to a nice finish and attention to details like edges and through mortises.

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Back and arm detail bow arm Morris chair

Back and arm detail bow arm Morris chair

I used blackwood plugs to suggest the holes found for the backrest adjustment on the rear legs.

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Quartersawn white oak was lock-mitered to create legs with quartersawn grain on all four sides.

The finish is oil and dark brown wax. There are no stains or dyes used to color the natural white oak. I am beginning to prefer the clean look of unstained white oak. It should brown a bit with age.

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The added benefit of proper edge treatment is that corners are easier on little heads, hands and feet.

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