After we left off, I cut the curves into the top and bottom, minus 1/16 for the 1/8 applied edge which gives me  a 1/16 final reveal.

So here the top is in clamps for the front edge, Gotta have enough cauls for the clamps to pull from to get even pressure across the entire surface.

And out of the clamps ….

Onto the edge treatment ( a little shaping to make it feel nice). I just wanted to keep it simple with only a about a 1/16 reveal and just soften the edges.  I should say, this little Lei Nelson Spokeshave is one of my favs to use, I find myself reaching for it whenever I have the chance. Worth the splurge!

Next was chopping the mortises for the L-hinges. Some final  surface prep with my smoothing plane, shellac, then glue-up… and of course, a dry run first.

There’s a cool tradition here at the school that the last birthday body has to make a cake for the next birthday body. So it’s been way too long since I made this guy. Chocolate espresso cheesecake….Happy birhtday Steve!


I know it’s been a bit since I posted about the project but the last few weeks have been spent finishing up the top, bottom, sides and partitions. I spared you the pics and process just because it is basically the same as the doors except without the curve. So that brought me to the making of the curved frame and panel door for the right side and the curved frame on the front right side which will hold the glass, (the door will have glass too).  Here are the parts for the front frame, and some little 1/8 inch tenons to hold the guy together!

Ok, that’s  done, now onto  some doweling. 


Big dowels,

Cute small dowels for the back post.

So now my favorite part of doweling. putting in a bit of “let go” into the pocket that will house the drawers. This is done a few different ways but I found using a template to place my doweling jig against is the easiest.

We put about a 1/32 of an inch taper in each side of the pocket to make the back about 1/16 bigger. This is done so after the drawer is fit, it can slide freely until the last inch or so then it will pinch in front of the pocket and won’t let the drawer fall out! I think that’s neat. And you get that little woosh of air when you push it back in. That’s real nice;)

So doweling is done. Drink a cold beverage…rest, and breathe, and good night

A good time

This last weekend was Haley and I’s sixth anniversary, and we decided to start a new tradition. Well, we started it last year but had to wait till this year to enjoy it. And it was worth it. While celebrating last year in Santa Barbara we decided to buy a real nice bottle of something rare, hand crafted by someone who loves his vineyard, and well…pricey because of it.  See, it came from a vineyard that has refused to grow larger just for the chance to make more dollars. The family still farms from their one acre vineyard, and puts time in everyday making sure his fruit is as close to perfect as the conditions can allow.  Sometimes it’s just nice to pay a little more and enjoy it! 

It was killing us not to try it and actually wait till this year to open it up. But we  made it, so nice to sit back and reflect on the last year and all that’s happened while enjoying something that we don’t get to have a lot… a super tasty glass of wine. Yeah, it’s been a great bottle to have around, it would catch my eye a time or two as I walked through the kitchen and remind me of Haley. It also made the two-week road trip here with us real nice, a good travel companion. Maybe we would take a turn to tight and hear it fall and both look at each other and think …can’t wait to try that guy. It was around for so long it was kinda sad to see it go. But alas, we bought a new bottle while in Whistler to live with us for another year and keep the tradition going!