Custom Wood Furniture / handmade in Wichita, Kansas
Its been a lot of time between posts due to things happening in our lives. A new Granddaughter and Grand Niece only a month or so apart. Also other things that have kept me from woodworking. I am kinda getting back into the swing, so hopefully these bookcases will get underway. The cases will sit on either side of our fireplace, they will be twins. We are mixing period furniture up again so I have to be careful to make everything work together and look like they were meant for each other. The bottom with drawers will resemble a lowboy out of the 18th century, but the top display cases will be divided light, like arts and craft or mission style furniture. I will add little touches here and there to hopefully blend this all together. Here is an example of a simple divided light mission bookcase, and a low boy of the 18th century. Hopefully I can pull this off.
To make divided light panels I use a set of special router bits . Constructing in this manner is a bit time consuming but is also very wood saving. Lots of glass instead so she can display what nots and other stuff. I put a divided light frame together out of cheap poplar wood I had laying around to see what it would look like. The cases will be made out of Walnut, like the TV stand I built, they will be in close proximity of each other.
We will probably use antique wavy glass in the panels.
I have decided to make top first and come back to the leg carving later in the project . So I guess I am building these top down.
I have also started tooling up and making molds for a future project. This is something I have wanted to do for a long time. There is lots of new science and technique that will go into this, so I am taking it slow. I am also collaborating and learning from someone who is a pro. They will be getting a lot of questions from me as I proceed. Hopefully I will have something finished around Christmas 2015. Look at the pics below, can you guess what I am talking about?