In Memoriam – Nick joined NCWA in 2000. He was elected President in 2001 when, as he put it, “no one else would take the job” and he was instrumental in the evolution of NCWA into the organization it is today. He remained a member of the board for several years and continued thereafter to serve the membership as an instructor and mentor to “newbies”.
Wood: Walnut and Maple
Finish: Shellac sealer and Watco Danish Oil
Comments: A while back, my wife let me know that she would like me to build her a jewelry chest. Well, that got my woodworking juices flowing, so I sliced up some walnut plywood (chest) given to me by my youngest son, a piece of claro walnut I acquired about thirty years ago (stand), a couple of pieces of birdseye maple veneer (inside chest doors) and some maple burl (drawer fronts) given to me by a good friend and the result is a chest on stand finished with a shellac and Watco oil. The drawer dividers, sides and backs are scrap from the wall unit I built five years ago and the drawer bottoms are luan taken from a shipping crate. The doors are fashioned from bookmatched walnut crotch acquired from Al Stranton’s stash. As you might well imagine, materials were not the largest expense. Several members of NCWA helped in the design and fabrication of Allegra’s jewelry chest and I continue to be amazed at their talent.
3-Drawer Writing Desk
Wood: English Brown Oak and Walnut
Finish: Shellac sealer and Min-Wax Wipe-on Polyurethane, finished with Mother’s Glaze wax compound.
Comments: The desk is made from English Brown Oak and Walnut substrates, all purchased from the Al Stratton cache. Bob Doop was a treasure in helping me with the veneered table top and Gary Holloman was a prince in allowing me access to his large slab sander to get the tabletop level. The design came from a short article in Fine Woodworking Magazine (April 2005, Master Class, Page 104) that I scaled from the picture. The desk was a joy to build, stretching my abilities in a number of areas, and providing ample opportunity to screw up.
Dark Oak Cradle
Wood: English Brown Oak
Finish: Min-Wax Satin Wipe-on Polyurethane
Comments: I built this cradle for my great grandchild. The wood is English Brown Oak acquired from Al Stratton and finished with both water-soluble aniline and oil-based pigmented stains and Min-Wax Satin Wipe-on Polyurethane with a fixing wash coat of shellac, topped off with carnuba wax. The pendulum is accomplished using standard machine bearings and a tee-nut and machine screw assembly. The plans were acquired from the Internet website for “Becky’s Cradle.” There are a number of changes from the plans, not due to the inadequacy of the plans, but because if you botch something up you don’t call it an error you just change the plans.
Wood: English Brown Oak & Western Maple
Finish: Min-Wax Semi-Gloss
Comments: Made from English Brown Oak purchased from the stash at Al Stratton’s establishment. The secondary wood is Western Broadleaf Maple purchased from our member Steve Intveld and the finish is Min-Wax semi gloss. I had a ball completing it, and I’m definitely happy it’s done.
Wood: Peruvian Walnut
Finish: Shellac; Daly’s BenMatte
Comments: Awhile ago, the late Ron Grant offered to sell some “Argentine Walnut” to me. This project came immediately to mind as I had wanted to build something for my three granddaughters for many years. The Walnut turned out to be Peruvian Walnut, but what’s 3,500 miles amongst friends. In addition, club member Bob Doop had previously introduced me to the finer points of veneering and, since I already had a sheet of teak plywood and some bird’s eye maple veneer, and Bob had a quantity of cherry veneer, the project was hatched.
The construction is very simple, with ploughed joints using club member Ed Pysher’s dado set. The only unique feature is the construction of the legs, which were fashioned by gluing two 3/4″ pieces together and then gluing a 1/8″ veneer across one glue joint. The resulting legs show no seams since one long seam is masked by the joinery and the other is covered by the narrow veneer.
The interior is lined with aromatic cedar (my shop smells great!) and the interior sliding shelf is walnut and aromatic cedar. Before glue-up, the veneers were finished with shellac (many coats) and sanded between each coat (after the third or fourth coats). After glue-up, the walnut framework was finished with Daly’s BenMatte, a polymerized tung oil.
Many thanks to our club members who were instrumental in making this project a success. At Christmas time, I’m hoping my granddaughters agree.
Wood: Acer Steverino Intveldius, Argentinean Black Walnut & Birdseye Maple Veneer
Finish: Profin & Shellac
Comments: The project began as a pile of slabs cut by Steve Intveld from a single western broadleaf maple tree. After about one year of air drying, Steve and I face jointed and skip planned the boards, after which they were allowed to dry for another few months. The project is a simple construction, but the rough wood revealed an abundance of fiddleback and quilted figure that I tried to incorporate into visible surfaces. The lessons I learned about the giving and sharing nature of the members of our woodworkers guild will be remembered for many years. Larry Tomovick shared his talents and his shop to assist in finished thicknessing and Rick Anderson also shared his woodworking experience and his wide belt sander. Julian Lee was kind enough to part with some of his share of the same tree when I was running low on material. And Bob Doop, bless him, shared his talents, his teaching prowess and his shop when veneering the doors. I’m indebted to each of you. And, most important, my wife Allegra is delighted with the result.
Library Wall & Side Table
Wood: Birch-ply carcasses, upper structure and filigree are Yellow Tulip (Poplar), drawer fronts and side table are Black Walnut.
Finish: Sprayed lacquer
Comments: Upper structure is joined to counter top with loose dowels. Counter top is solid Poplar (surprise!). Hardware is Euro-style 35mm.