- Feb 5, 2011
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simply terrific great colors, wood choice, design and execution. please tell me there more.
Beautiful work.Since @fatdaddypreacher asked for it, I'll show some more furniture stuff, before I get back to guitars. It follows chronologically anyway.
After doing a lot of work on my shop I started on a China cabinet for my wife. This took me 8 or 9 months of weekend work during 2016, but I work slow and had a few interruptions (I had a 5 and 2 year old at that time).
Lacking a local source for Ambrosia Maple, I actually got almost all of that from ebay, two pieces at a time and shipping was brutal.
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The walnut parts of this cabinet came from my grandfather's walnut tree. The tree fell down around 2010 and laid on the ground for about five years. My uncle rented a bandsaw mill, and over the course of a few long weekends I helped him slab it out and sticker stack the entire tree. After air drying for a few years, I got a small load of boards to use as accent pieces on this cabinet. This walnut tree was very special to my family as my mother and her siblings grew up climbing and swinging from that tree, and my grandfather passed away shortly after that tree fell down. Here is the walnut, stacked on my dining room table, trying to reach equilibrium. Air dried wood moves to much for my taste.
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Cabinet carcass construction.
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I re-sawed my own veneers for the inside back panel and did a combination of book and slip matching to create a desirable pattern.
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Doors glued up.
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Finishing took forever. The walnut pieces got a few coats of shellac to make the color pop. I then applied a couple seal coats of some Minwax water based poly to all the maple and filled the ambrosia beetle holes with Ebony Timbermate. I had to seal everything first or the Timbermate would stain the surrounding maple. Brad nail holes in all the trim were filled with walnut and maple colored Timbermate as well. Then I sanded the fill flush and most of the seal coats off before coating the entire thing with 3 coats of General Finishes satin water based poly. I have found that my wife has some allergic reactions to most oil based finishes (learned the hard way when I built our bed 11 years ago), and unless I want to quarantine a project for months while it fully off-gasses, water based works out better for something that lives in the house. Plus, for this wood, I wanted a finish that would remain as clear as possible.
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The back panel didn't fit as well as I would have liked so I hid the gaps with some walnut quarter round superglued right on top of the finished piece.
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That board I used on the cornice is amazing. I still have a few pieces of it left for a future project.
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Book matched inset panels for the lower doors.
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Today this cabinet is filled with our hand made pottery (my wife is a high school art teacher), some knick-knack junk, a bronze sculpture I made years ago and a couple bottles of bourbon for lack of a better hiding place.
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I guess this "guitar building" thread is digressing into "my life's body of work" but hopefully somebody enjoys this. This would probably be more at home on sawmillcreek.org
Thanks a lot! I have a couple more Greene & Greene style pieces that I plan to cover in this thread.simply terrific great colors, wood choice, design and execution. please tell me there more.
Sounds cool. I'd like an amp hidden away in a piece of living room furniture so I could just plug in, flip a switch and jam from the couch when I feel froggy. My wife probably wouldn't enjoy it much though... I don't get much playing time anymore unless I want to wear headphones and it's just not as much fun that way. On rare occasions I can get away with rattling the windows with a tube amp when my better half is in a good mood.I literally stubbed my toe on an end table and decided that it would become my guitar cab and replaced the thin and paperlike back with thick plywood loaded with 2x10 in X configuration because of size restrictions. It's recessed and angled up about 10 degrees.
It is a simple table with an opening and a single shelf and I was able to retain most of the functionality and looks. You have to get down on hands and knees to see the speakers when it's not in use.
I used general finishes water based dye stains. 2 parts orange to 1 part med brown. That recipe is intended to be used on Mahogany to achieve the classic Greene & Greene color without the nasty toxic junk they used 100 years ago. It worked out well on the oak too.Can you reveal what stain/finish combination you used? The oak looks rich, as if properly "fumed".
Thanks for the kind words. It means a lot.very very nice. as far as these non guitar pics go, let the masses suffer a while, as you indulge this old man. who do they think they are anyway. absolutely terrific work. my response to those who asked me why i thought i could build a guitar was....hey, it's just a piece of furniture with strings on it, ain't it? just tell the others you haven't put strings on your projects yet.
again...i must say....extraordinarily fine work.
Does that mean you screw up all the time and think about throwing in the towel constantly? Haha just kidding.its remarkable of how similar our approach and style is.