I built this for my daughter. It is made from old growth Long
Leaf Pine (that came from a renovation of a dormitory that was built on the
Florida State University campus at the turn of the century). The posts are hand
worked tapered octagons. This bed fully disassembles into basically a pile
of sticks. Otherwise you could never move it through a doorway. It utilizes
traditional mortise and tenon joinery and bed bolts. I had the canopy made.
Small Plate Rack
I made this from the same old growth pine. It was pretty simple
to build. I also turned all of the knobs (which probably took longer than
actually making the plate rack). My brother Bill made the plate on the upper
shelf. It has a "salt glaze" finish.
A couple of years ago my daughter asked me to make her a nice
game board (she likes to play
checkers) so for Christmas I built a board using old growth pine, walnut and
figured ash. She loved it but I was always worried that it would be harmed
because it didnít have a place to live in our house (it would end up leaning
against something or tucked away somewhere). I decided it work better if I were
to build a base for it. So, it turned out to be the top of this small table. It
has one drawer to hold the checkers or chess pieces. This was my first attempt
at making "country cabriole" or turned Queen Anne legs.
The drawer has hand cut dovetail joints (blind in the front and
through in the back) and a solid wood cedar drawer bottom that keeps the drawer
from becoming "musty". The front knob is turned from pear wood that I harvested
from a friendís yard.
I built these two humidors for a friend. They are made from
figured Nicaraguan rosewood and lined with Spanish cedar. I was worried about
the high humidity inside the case since only solid wood was used in the
construction and the lid was fitted with a lip to keep it airtight. After
several years of use they have worked out fine without any sticking or binding.
Child's Rocking Horse
This is the second rocking horse that Iíve made. The first one
was made for my daughter and is of a very different style (I donít have a
picture of it scanned yet). This one was built for a good friendís first born
son. The body is made from Heart Pine, the saddle and rocker of Walnut. The mane
and tale are Jute. The ears are leather. I turned the eyes from Cocobolo