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Woodworking Portfolio

A sampling of woodworking projects: This page is a repository for woodworking projects that fall under the category of fine wood working or cabinetry. I hope to be adding to it in the not so distant future!

New Powermatic table saw anchors the wood shop at Maison Barbara…

So, the PM3000…Roughly 650 pounds of cast iron… 5 horsepower… 52 inches to the right of the blade which gives me plenty of room for a 3-1/2 horse Porter Cable 7518 router with a Jessem router lift. This saw is the center of the shop I’m assembling at Maison Barbara.┬áMy old trusty Ryobi just didn’t have the power to cut through 8/4 hardwood nor was it rigid enough to make truly accurate cuts. It wasn’t a bad saw, it just wasn’t enough saw…

The first project is to build a 3-inch thick butcher block counter top for the kitchen island and after that? We’ll see. I do have quite the list of projects lined up!

Now all I have to do is run another 220 service leg into the shop. The main panel is inside the house so I’m going to need to install a cut-off switch in an exterior sub panel that is outside between the main panel and the meter and then run conduit to the shop, punch a hole in the cinder block wall and place a new sub panel in the shop. I can do all of that myself but I think I’ll get an electrician to tie it in!

Powermatic  PM 3000

New kitchen cabinet for Berkshire house

The Berkshire house’s kitchen had a desk base cabinet that wasn’t really useful to us so we decided to replace it with a standard height cabinet without a knee-hole. (Losing the knee hole got us a lot more storage space!) The trick was to make it look like it belonged but to also give it a little extra visual punch.

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Turning a slab of elm wood into a table

This slab of elm wood started out its journey into becoming a table top at the Whitewater Trout Farm in Whitewater California. The tree, along with several others was being removed because it was non-native and it was diseased.

I was fortunate enough to be on the scene at the right time to rescue the log, which was about seven feet long, three feet in diameter at the base and about four and a half feet across the crotch. I went home and borrowed a heavy duty trailer and went back to have them load it into the trailer with a back-hoe. Read more