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Returning to wood and tools after a 20-year hiatus.

Writing Shelves

The writing shelves are done.  Each is made from quartersawn white oak with an Indian Rosewood front.  I kept this piece of rosewood around for a time when I might recreate a couple of Stanley plane handles (totes).  But, I […]

Staining the Core

After starting this project early this year, I finally got satisfaction as I drew to the point of putting on some stain.  Before that however, I finished chopping out areas where an accent piece of wood will fit between the […]

Routing and Sanding the Core

The breadboard attaches to the core of the desktop with a spline and fasteners.  I was able to get my hands on a 5/16 spline cutter that worked like a hot knife in butter using my Milwaukee 5625-20 router.  Both […]

Jointing the Top

I laid aside the writing shelves for a moment to get the desk top ready for sizing and the addition of the breadboard end.  I picked the board with the nicest quartersawn features from both sides and left the other […]

Writing Shelf Face

The writing shelves need facing that provides a nice appearance consistent with Greene and Greene as well as utility.  A common theme in their work appears to be the use of a breadboard for stabilizing wood movement and for ornamentation.  […]