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Collaboration bed

ChBedII The client had a vision of the design, and together we chiseled that down to a nicely proportioned king-sized bed that fits well within the space and complements the other furnishings--  the bedroom has tall ceilings and furnishings that are relatively short, so the low slung design of the bed is well suited to the feel of the room.  To me, the appeal of the design is in it's simplicity and that the colors and textures of the woods are more complimentary than contrasting; and, the depth of color in the eastern cherry and fiddleback grain in the western maple collaborate beautifully. ChBedIII Through tenons of any size are a challenge, and with legs more than three inches thick, both parts of the joint are problematic to cut.  The mortise cut on the exposed face of the legs is even more critical because any irregularity in the mortise will be visible against the side of the tenon as it protrudes from the leg  (while the shoulder of the rail on the inside leg face covers the perimeter of the mortise, so at least one side allows for a little buffer if the chisel operator happens to loose focus and make an errant cut).  Because the legs are thicker than the mortise bit is long, the mortise had to be cut from both sides to bore all the way through.  (Although, I imagine it would make sense to do it this way regardless, since the tear out of a mortising bit on the back side of a leg would be ragged).  A few adjustments to get the mortise machine set square and true made the holes line up nicely.  For the tenons, it took longer to build a jig capable of handling a 10" wide tenon than it took to cut the tenons, but it was time well spent because the cuts were precise and the jig will be used again. Wedges in the tenon ends provide for positive attachment between the legs and rails, and minimize the need for glue.  Beds carry significant weight--  weight that sometimes moves around rapidly--  and it is distributed across only a few joints, so the mechanical strength provided by the wedge in a through tenon adds extra durability to an already strong joint.  While test fitting all the pieces, I marked where the tenon protruded from the leg, and chamfered the ends with a chisel while disassembled.  After the glue-up, it was quick to trim the wedges and touch up the exposed tenon end. ChBedIV

A desk for dogs and their human

DeskBanner This western maple standing height desk was designed for a human, although consideration was also given to the dogs that often accompanied her to the office.  From the perspective of the dogs, the desk is both something to lounge under and the place where treats are kept, the latter being a far more important design element.  From the perspective of the human, it was important that the desk have efficient storage that was neither bulky nor cluttered, felt light, was of the scale of her office, and was made of something local and beautiful.  In her words:

I want to tell you how happy I am to stand at this desk. It not only works as I hoped it would, but it's REALLY beautiful, which makes me smile daily. Couldn't ask for more. The dogs have become fully acquainted with the special dog treat section and now sit and stare at it, trying to will it open.Thanks for doing such a great job and being so easy to work with.

-EK

EKdesk

Bed for Ginger’s residence

BWbed4   A western black walnut bed, inspired by elements of Roy McMakin's bed for the Young residence.  In particular, Ginger was drawn to the chamfered foot board corners, sturdy proportions, and overall clean design; and with nicely figured local walnut and a book-matched headboard, this has the imprint of the northwest.       BWbed2

Adult Dresser Set

AdultTallDresser     Certain purchases stand out because they in some way symbolize reaching a milestone.  A house is an obvious and big one; but not far down the list there are more mundane items, such as a washer and dryer or a first never-been-slept-on-by-another-human bed, that mark another rung up the ladder to adulthood.  In this case, it is a dresser set of Oregon white oak made for a friend that had recently reached another adult milestone of a first job after college.  Technically, a real job.   AdultHiddenBoxCurly Burly supplied the quarter-sawn white oak and black walnut lumber for the two piece dresser set: one short and wide with a vanity mirror and the other tall and skinny...and somewhere inside is a removable hidden compartment. AdultDresserWide

Why Do Clothes Need a Ladder?

BlWalnutLadder Ladder2.0 Like most good ideas, this one had already been thought of; and, the idea for the clothes ladder came to me from a friend that had seen one at a hotel in Laos.  It is a home for clothes that are neither clean nor dirty, and is inspired by the idea that mostly-clean clothes could go somewhere besides in a pile on the floor.  Made from locally-harvested hardwoods, this is purgatory for your clothes.    

The Professors

Parts of two new faculty offices that were conveniently just a couple doors down from one another, both in Oregon white oak.  The offices were recently renovated; and the two new faculty occupants were in need of space efficient cabinetry and furniture that provided good function without taking up valuable floor space.  Offices on campus are typically small (the larger of the two measures about 14' x 14'), especially in the aged Condon Hall, where offices were chopped up and made into even more offices.

In the first office, bookcases with built-in space for a fridge, small counter with room for a tea kettle and accoutrements, and a microwave (not pictured); and a small Prairie-inspired meeting table and set of three chairs of white oak with a Polyx Oil finish.  Osmo Polyx Oil is a low-VOC, hand applied finish made from plant-based oils and waxes, and has become my favorite to use on most furniture and some cabinetry.  It soaks into the grain and dries hard, creating a durable finish that brings out woods natural beauty.  Plus, it is apparently approved for use on children's toys in Germany, so if German kinder can chew on it, then what more reason do I need?

With chairs, so much of the effort is spent setting up each operation during the building process.  Even with a fairly simple chair design, as these were, each chair part needs to be touched eight or ten or twelve or more times just to get it ready for assembly.  And with so much time spent on the set up, rather than making three, I made ten.  (Plus, I needed new chairs for the kitchen, because the several times reglued and reupholstered hand-me-down dining room chairs were just about spent).

In the second office, the client wanted space for books, a locking drawer, and places to set photos and plants.  In order to keep the cabinet from being too dominant in the office, I staggered the heights of the sections and left plenty of space around the window.  (The office has nearly 12' ceilings, which is two feet taller than the office is wide, so if the cabinet were too tall it would quickly diminish the light scattered by the upper walls and cause it to feel more closed in).