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dovey
Columbus, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 15, 2006
7:22 PM

Post #2509229

My Husband (Hardwood) has to percolate when it comes to a new furniture project.
He always says the wood has to tell him what it wants to be.

Well I guess the wood is talking cuz he's got the far away look in his eye and the only time I see him outside his shop is when he passes by with tape measure in hand. That's another thing he does, measure and build / build and measure as he goes, the plans are mostly in his head.

The only piece of furniture he's built that I don't care much for anymore is my desk... and he built that to my specifications. (Live and learn eh?)
About a month ago I asked him if it would make him feel bad if I told him I didn't like my desk anymore. He laughed.
I asked him if he would build me a new desk and then shut up and let him "percolate".

I hear the saw going in the shop.
I popped my head out and snapped a photo of the Wood Whisperer.

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dovey
Columbus, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 15, 2006
7:25 PM

Post #2509238

A jig I think...
Maybe he'll get on here and tell us what this is... but I'm pretty sure the curved things are jigs.

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dovey
Columbus, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 15, 2006
7:32 PM

Post #2509266

He told me last night he wanted to try coopering in the design.
(I'm guessing that's how you would say it and spell it)

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staceysmom
(GayLynn) Appleton, WI
(Zone 5a)

July 15, 2006
7:48 PM

Post #2509310

Looks very interesting. Keep us posted. I know exactly what you mean about that look in his eyes. My husband gets that too, right after a trip to the lumber yard. I can hear the saw going now. Don't know what he is up to yet!
Gay Lynn
dovey
Columbus, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 15, 2006
8:22 PM

Post #2509402

Hi Gay Lynn,
Oh yeah, when he brings home a new hunk of wood, it's like me and a new rose.
He buys wood because it's a good piece, he may not use it for a year. But it was a good piece - too good to pass up.

I knew he was close to starting last night. I told him then he should take photos step-by-step. But he's no good at that when he's working on something. Kind of like the absent minded professor of woodworking.
So I keep popping out there with the camera, at least he's a good sport about it.

I'll keep the thread updated.

Looks like mahogany and lacewood

Edited to say : oops it's not mahogany it's jatoba. (But I was right about the lacewood)

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dovey
Columbus, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 16, 2006
2:40 AM

Post #2510662

The Glue-up

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dovey
Columbus, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 16, 2006
2:42 AM

Post #2510667

More Glue - the sides

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dovey
Columbus, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 16, 2006
2:44 AM

Post #2510673

Recycled Cherry wood from an antique table will be used for the desk top

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dovey
Columbus, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 16, 2006
2:46 AM

Post #2510680

Remember the 1st glue-up
Dry and starting to take shape

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ezylivin
Imperial Beach, CA

July 16, 2006
3:58 AM

Post #2510829

Hi Dovey... It is going to be fun for me to see this take shape. Please tell Hardwood I can't wait to see the finished product!

Amy
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

July 16, 2006
5:30 PM

Post #2512181

me either!! Tell him to keep up the good work!
dovey
Columbus, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 16, 2006
7:43 PM

Post #2512602

It must be hard to get an idea of what it's going to look like from the photos I've posted so far.

He's been out there with a rasp all morning smoothing the edges to make the barrel like front of the desk legs.
I didn't see it, I know I'd be confused. ;-)

The desk is going to look like a table. The legs of the table are going to be wide, pillar like to hide the computer, wires, etc. The front of the table legs are what is rounded.

I'll try and get some more photos this afternoon
kanita
Los Angeles, CA
(Zone 10a)

July 17, 2006
11:18 PM

Post #2517006

Hey Dovey!

What a workshop! I would lose my mind in there! So much room to make so much stuff! I have a dream of having built every piece of furniture I put in my house, when I'm able to buy a house.

kanita
dovey
Columbus, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 18, 2006
12:13 AM

Post #2517211

Hey Kanita,
I didn't know you were into woodworking, that's so cool.
I can't wait to see your 1st project, I'm sure it will be great.

Matt does love his shop, we have a 3 car garage with no room for the car *L*
I think the only thing that could convince us to move is if we could get a house that had a detached Gihugic shop.

He's out there right now sanding.
Furniture building is beyond me - I'll stick to my roses and poetry.
Dove

Here is the second glue-up, completing the barrel front.

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dovey
Columbus, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 18, 2006
12:15 AM

Post #2517219

After that he took a rasp to it and evened out the ridges.

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dovey
Columbus, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 18, 2006
12:17 AM

Post #2517231

With sides added this will house the computer tower on one end and drawers on the other.

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dovey
Columbus, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 18, 2006
12:19 AM

Post #2517242

He'll take the rasp to it again to round off the corners and keep the barrel curve clean.

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

July 18, 2006
2:37 AM

Post #2517736

Looking good!!
staceysmom
(GayLynn) Appleton, WI
(Zone 5a)

July 18, 2006
2:00 PM

Post #2518897

I can see it's taking shape very, very nicely. Gonna be a beauty. Thanks for keeping us up to date. Love the reports and pictures.
ezylivin
Imperial Beach, CA

July 18, 2006
5:34 PM

Post #2519709

WoW...Looks great...What kind of glue is he using?
kanita
Los Angeles, CA
(Zone 10a)

July 18, 2006
5:36 PM

Post #2519714

Dovey, I work with wood for some of my jewelry designs, but I have my eyes set on making my own jewelers work bench, with drawers and everything...yes I am a dreamer, but I am determined to make it happen.
Hardwood
Columbus, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 19, 2006
4:23 PM

Post #2523378

Just thought I would chime in on the string. The glue I've been using is Titebond II.
I'm still working on some of the design elements in my head - kinda like design on the fly. Lately I've been working the wood with planers, cabinet scraper and some 180 grit sand paper to get the wood nice and even. The panels were just to wide to fit through the planer.
staceysmom
(GayLynn) Appleton, WI
(Zone 5a)

July 24, 2006
3:38 PM

Post #2541739

How's the desk coming along. Don't forget us. Can't wait to see how it is coming along.
dovey
Columbus, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 24, 2006
4:52 PM

Post #2542012

Hi Stacy,
Sometimes Matt only has time to work in the shop on weekends, well this weekend we had temperatures in the 113 to 116 range, just no way to work out there.

Hopefully this heat wave ends and we can get back to our regularly scheduled heat.
staceysmom
(GayLynn) Appleton, WI
(Zone 5a)

July 24, 2006
7:10 PM

Post #2542484

They were talking on our local weather about the heat wave you are having out there. Good grief, 116 degrees! Whew! Be careful, stay cool.
dovey
Columbus, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 24, 2006
7:43 PM

Post #2542655

Last year Matt was deployed and their area was actually in the 120s and low 130s. It's hard to believe.
Although this is a sight cooler he says it reminds him of last summer, calls it Djibouti hot.
We are pretty much prisoner to the air conditioning.

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