Proprietor Matthew Mullen was recently accepted to The Furniture Project 2013 WoodExpo to be held at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. The Expo will run from Thursday February 21 until Sunday February 24. The creative or interpretive category this year is entitled “Cabinet-on-Stand”. The walnut Chest-on-Stand is being entered in this category. The maple side table and cherry chair will also be on display in the open category. Matthew will also be doing hour-long demonstrations each day of the show. Check back to the blog for more updates as they unfold and also visit The Furniture Project for more information and to view past expos.
Being able to have templates made already ensures that when it comes time to cut into your material, you don’t have to be wasteful. This was a particular point of interest for me dealing with 8/4 cherry. The back leg template enabled me to have proper grain layout throughout the piece and made it able to nest two legs very close together to conserve this expensive material. I was then able to band saw rough chunks out, run them over the jointer and thru the planer and then bandsaw close to be able to flush trim on the router table.
This album focuses on the construction of the front two legs of the rocking chair. As you can see there are many tools involved. My favorite part of this process was being able to break in my new tools I purchased from the Lie-Nielsen tool event that occurred at 3rd Ward. The spoke shave and router plane made it easy to create the tight joints at the leg to seat connection. The legs are not finished yet, they still need to be turned on the lathe for final shaping.
James Devlin recently finished wrapping his metal night stands in the twine you see below. My shelves are then placed in their appropriate spots and held by friction. You can contact me or him directly through his website, linked above, about having your own set or something similar made.
These nightstand shelves were commissioned by fellow 3rd Ward maker and metal worker James Devlin. They are walnut slabs, 3/4″ thick and notched in the corners to fit around the twine that the stands will be wrapped in. The gallery below follow the build of the shelves and how they fit on the unfinished stands. The last few pictures show the finish, a rich medium walnut danish oil. I will post completed pictures when James has finished the project.
Wood Is Good : Networking Event
Founder, designer and cabinetmaker Matthew Mullen will be giving a Wind Up talk at 3rd Ward in Bushwick on January 31 beginning at 730 pm. He, along with maker David Murphy will speak about running their own companies and how they utilize 3rd Ward’s space to do so. For full details, head here to 3rd Ward’s site.
I recently completed a very sentimental project for a client. These four, small companion boxes will act as urns. They are made from an old piece of black cherry I have had in my possession for nearly 5 years. They measure 6″ x 4″ x 3″ and are dovetailed together. The tops have been laser etched off site with Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon album cover art work and the name and dates of the deceased. They are finished with a natural danish oil, inside and out.
This closet project was brought to me by a client who already had plans drawn. It was a welcome change of pace to work off existing drawings by a great architectural firm. The client also happend to be a family friend and its nice to see people enjoy your work on a daily basis. I also did all the finish for this project utilizing the amazing spray facilities at 3rd Ward. Finished pictures here on the portfolio page.
This piece was commissioned by a client who was tearing down some trees in her yard. As she watched the tree come down and be cut she noticed interesting images in the rings. She gave me the seat portion and I made legs for it out of similar reclaimed lumber. The joints are a simple halflap with a large shoulder on the underside of the seat. The height is low because, as a new grandmother, she has many little ones who may need to sit in time out.