Forgot about these November/December projects

Back in the late fall, I worked on some commission work that I kept off the blog. Didn’t want to let the cat out of the bag…these things being presents. Then I forgot to show them once the holidays were over. A Shakespeare enthusiast asked me to make a joined chest and joined stool, to commemorate 25 years of he & his wife reading Shakespeare together. Thus, the “WS” carved on the muntins.

As I was making the front of this chest, I wrote about the mitered joints for Popular Woodworking Magazine. The current issue (April 2018) has the whole run-down on cutting the joint. I think I added it to the upcoming book too. Here’s the layout of the tenon.

It’s one really leaned-over sawcut to get that mitered shoulder.

A marking gauge defines the bevel on each edge of this muntin. Then plane it down.

The tenon partway home, make sure the grooves line up, then the mitered shoulder slides over the beveled edge of the stile. Whew.

Then, to make matters even more complicated, I undertook a painting on the inside of the lid. I haven’t really done any painting since about 1981…What was I thinking?

The finished painting. I felt like Alec Guinness in The Horse’s Mouth – It never comes out like it is in my head.

When that was done, I got to make my own wife a present. A much-needed book rack, for library books used in home-schooling. It looks so Arts & Crafts; quartersawn white oak, through mortise & tenon joints…Look at that wild medullary ray pattern on those uprights. Who could dislike that?

Me. I couldn’t leave it like that. Too blank. Horror vacui.

8 thoughts on “Forgot about these November/December projects

  1. Any dimensions or plans you go by? I ‘ve seen that design somewhere before, but for the life of me I can’t put my finger on it.

    • there’s no need for plans. The dimensions were based on the four pieces of wood I had on hand. Then some tinkering to get the angle I wanted the 2 shelves pitched at. Then just cut it. The board the books sit on is wider than the backstop board.

  2. One of these days that horror vacui will bite you in the fundament!
    Why do I get the feeling that the traditional string-and-berry spice cabinet door sort of thing just makes your fingernails itch? :D

  3. Before I scrolled down I thought “No! Don’t touch those beautiful rays!”, but I should have had more faith in you. The design has a lovely fluidity that enhances rather than trounces the rays. So beautiful.

    And the WS chest – just divine. The painted inner lid makes it a truly unique and personal gift – your client’s wife must have adored it! Also the way the stained background brings out the carving is amazing.

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