The next couple of years I was busy with a new home and I did not have much time to build furniture. I did build a custom three-tier deck with a hot tube and a 12 ft tall play set for the kids in the back yard. Once these things were done, I got back to building furniture.
The next major wood working project was a captains bed for my youngest son. I took the photo in 2003; however, I build the bed somewhere around 1995 or 1996.
The design came out of a woodworking magazine. As I remember, there were a number of projects that I built out of that one magazine, but the bed was the most ambitious.
This is called a “Captain’s Bed.” All the corners are rounded and there are drawers integrated under the mattress inside the bed frame. This seemed perfect for a little boy.
The bed is made out of birch. This is the first time I used birch on a woodworking project. I had to go to a mill and special order the material. This was also a first in my pursuit of woodworking.
Later you will see that I built a matching dresser and desk. This will be a post for another day. I recently sold the bed, nightstand and dresser when my son decided after 13 years in the bed, it was time to upgrade to another bed.
I found another picture of the bed just before I sold the set (2009). This will give you a good idea what the three-piece set looked like and how it functioned. Not bad considering I started this around ’96 and I sold it in 2009!
So this is how it all started……Back in 1992 my father gave me a clock kit. It consisted of a clock movement, a set of plans and 1 x 10 x 10′ prime walnut board. My father wanted to do woodworking; however, he never seem to find the time to do it. He offered the kit to me stating that he would never get around to building the clock.
I was intrigued at the thought of build the clock. I had never worked with walnut and I believed I was capable of excellent work. Unfortunately, right after I received the kit, I was transferred to Rochester, NY from Detroit Michigan. It took several months to get established and finally I started working on the clock. I had a small workshop in the basement of my new home. In retrospect it was a terrible place to do woodworking.
My first attempts were an utter failure. I ruined the entire walnut board trying to cut, router, and assemble. I still have all of the pieces I tried to make. I put the kit away for several more months and during this time I read many magazines that taught woodworking techniques
I bought another walnut board ($100). My second attempt was better but still not acceptable. I finally finished the clock in 1994 and judge for yourself but I think it turned out pretty good!
I presented this clock as a gift to my father in February 1994. When I gave it to him, I asked to get it back when he passed away as part of his will. In 2003 (the year I photographed the clock) my dad passed away and the clock was returned to me.
The clock sits proudly in my office. I look at it every day. It reminds me to think of my father and it was the beginning of a life long passion.
I will publish a larger picture of the clock and follow-up with the next story later this week.
Today There has been a lot of changes made to my blog since yesterday. I am working through the tutorial and I have changed the theme, layout and description of this blog. This is still very much work in process.
Since this site is going to be dedicated to my woodworking passion, I thought it might be nice to show you a picture of my woodshop under construction. (Really what I am trying to do is figure out how to add content to a post and to see what it looks like when it is published.) There is a long story to tell about the woodshop; however, I need to lay some ground work on how I got into woodworking. I will start with this once I finish setting up the website.
This is my first blog. This is part of an assignment in my IT class which is part of the UCONN EMBA program.
Blogging is a new concept to me. This site will be dedicated to my passion to build things out of wood. More to follow…..
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