I have decided to give this site a major makeover. I want to make it a place where I can showcase my woodworking products. More like my portfolio, not blog. But it needs to be developed locally first, so meanwhile let me show you my low-back sculptured chair, which received first place at San Diego County Fair’s Student Showcase.
This chair is designed by the late Sam Maloof. I made it in a chair making class this past Spring.
The instructor told me that it takes him about 100 hours to make this chair. Well, I spent way more than that. Roughly about 150 hours. A few nights towards the ending, I was up until 1:00 a.m. in garage. Majority of the time was spent for shaping and sanding.
And here’s the picture of my chair in Living room on the day it returned from the fair.
Oh I missed it so much. And I’m loving our new vintage rug too.
“Fake” in terms of beam. But real wood.
This is how our kitchen looks from dining now. The opening to the kitchen had no moldings, no details, just that narrow (not so today width) opening in the wall. So I added the beam (the wanna-be-beam).
Thick barn wood a little bit longer than what I needed costs about $500. NO.WAY. So I bought 1″-thick barn wood instead, cut that into three pieces to cover both sides of the wall & the bottom, and installed them. To tell you the truth, I haven’t installed the piece for the kitchen side of the wall. I don’t know if I want it on the other side or not. It kind of looks nice as is. Sorry, I didn’t take a picture for that.
Either way, it’s a little thing, but made a big difference in the opening. Most importantly, it makes me happy.
Cabinetry you see in the above images is almost done. Come back again to see the finished product. Until then, here’s the old yucky pantry we used to have in the same spot.
I just realized that I’ve never posted my Shaker Boxes here. Ever since I took a wood-bending class, I’m enjoying to make them every now and then. It’s fun. But as the result of making many (or attempting to make many), I made a few that are not good enough to sell or give. I didn’t want to throw them away so they sat in my garage for many months until I came up with this idea…
Technically, it’s Gold-Color Metal Leafing. But they do the same thing. It does not only make it pretty, but it also hides unwanted spots I created on top of the boxes by mistake!
I am happy with the result. I can now forgive myself when making mistakes.
I found an antique-sh wingback chair on Craig’s List and upholstered it.
It used to have this green velvet fabric.
And there were three to four layers of fabric underneath when I stripped down! Apparently, most upholsters reupholster over existing fabric; they don’t bother to strip down. And when I did, I discovered horse hair, which I didn’t like the smell so I decided to replace with new poly-wrap. (I know horse hair is supposed to be something valuable, but I couldn’t take the smell!) I also applied new webbing, retied springs, put new foam… when I was done with all that, I hadn’t had fabric yet so I kind of rushed and chose this one, which is not really my current style, but just because it was around $8 or $9 per yard, I decided to go with it.
Not bad. It doesn’t look out of place in our Living room like I thought it would be with this fabric. But I’m still not sure if he (or she?) is a keeper.
Last year, my son asked me to make shelves to display his trophies, and I finally managed to make them for him.
These are called “Blind Shelves” or “Floating Shelves”. I wanted simple shelves so the quality of wood stands out. My goal for his room is to include variety of rich wooden items with darker shades of red, blue, and green bedding and rug to make it boy-sh.
He picked Cherry wood, which looks like the picture above naturally. I applied three coats of oil-base poly to finish them. The result is really rich caramel brown. I love it!
I placed knots on the bottom of the shelves because they collect dust when placed on the top. I like the fact that we can see the knots from the bottom since these shelves are installed high. Knots are like dimples. They make me smile.