Category Archives: General Woodworking

Conoid Chair

Currently I am 80% into making a kitchen cabinet for my kitchen. But that hasn’t stopped me from getting to work on my next project. The next one I have lined up is a reproduction of the iconic George Nakashima Conoid Chair. This is a bucket list project. I have like countless other woodworkers been in love with and hopefully influenced by the beauty of his simplicity and his bringing out the natural expression of the timber.

My first step in making this chair is to create a drawing that I think faithfully reproduces the proportions of this beautiful cantilevered design.

Note that the drawing doesn’t show the radius of the top back rail or the rear edge of the seat; they appear as a straight edge.

Conoid Chair

Below is a link to the full size bitmap of my drawing.

Conoid Chair

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Making Wood Hinges

And yet another tutorial. This one on making wood hinges. This is a bit of an oldie but a goodie as I use my Incra router table to make them these days. But back in the day this is how I did it with a simple router table and a jig. The method shown maybe somewhat dated considering the equipment workshops are using these days but I think it is chock full of helpful tips and worthy of a good read.

Making Wood Hinges PDF

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Inlay Stringing

I was just going through my web site folders and I found this nice little tutorial I did on inlay stringing. I don’t think I have ever posted it here so I thought I would link it up for easy download for anyone interested.

Inlay Stringing PDF

Inlayed string installed

Picture of the finished legs.

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Quick Stereo Cabinet

A little before and after. This is a small project I did to tidy up a corner in our living room. All too often what happens is the quick and dirty solution ends up being the default long term solution. Such was the case for the coffee table underneath the T.V. and then the stereo underneath the coffee table. The new stand, an inverted box on top of another box, is made with ash with a French polish, shellac finish.

Nifty features on this that make it stand out are the Golden Ratio proportions I used, the beading on the pedestal, and the round-over on the front and back edge. You may think that a simple round-over is not much of anything. however I tend to think it adds a touch of class when the bit is run off the edge and not continuously around. That is to say that on each corner of the cabinet edge you will see a straight 45 degree line. This is especially nice if the box has been mitered (this was doweled).

Before

After

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