The McMorrans had
a beat-up old chest-
of-drawers sitting in
their garage and they
wanted to restore it. It
really wasn’t a nice
looking piece. After
stripping it also turned
out to be made of red
gum, a wood which is
not available in the Denver Area. Back in the day it was used extensively for furniture. This time I
finished it to look like cherry, and replaced the clunky hardware with nice drawer pulls. This project
really shows off the value of some old furniture.
Here are some good examples of different period styles.
To the left is Arts and Crafts, the two on the bottom are
Cottage, and to the right is Colonial. Visit the
“Woodshop Buzz” page to better understand all the
elements that go into a successful project.
These customers wanted some
stand-alone items to accent their
new Arts and Crafts bathroom.
I made three pieces, towel storage,
a magazine rack, and a toilet
topper in the shop, which could
easily be installed either by me or
by the owners.
Dave wanted a set of beds made for his young
grandsons to use when they visited. He had made
his own drawing of what he wanted. I offered
some suggestions and he gave me the go-ahead.
The materials used were walnut and maple. The
maple spheres were custom made by a company
in another state. I used mortise-and-tenon joinery
to give it extra strength. The final finish was
hand-rubbed Watco Teak Oil. A really fun
Jeff’s father carved the horses used on the old merry-go-rounds.
When he passed away he left several carvings of unfinished horse’s
Jeff asked me if I could clean then up and mount three so that he
could give two to his brothers at the next family get-together. I
cleaned off the glue but left the carving marks and created display
bases for them. The bases are walnut and the legs are a soft, pulpy,
easy to carve form of Tulip Wood found in southern swamplands. If
you have seen pictures of swamp trees with large swollen bottoms,
this is the part of the tree that was used for the carvings. Jeff kindly
sent me a note saying that the family was very touched by his gift.