Thursday, October 21, 2021

Wine Cellars

Here's a series of wine cellars done over the years.  The designs are for individual bottles as well as case shelving.  Some are free-standing while others are built into the walls. I enjoy the ancient Italian door in one of these here.  Basements are often damp and so I've used redwood and sometimes mahogany for their moisture resistance.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Kitchen Islands create built-in social distancing.

       Mahogany Island top - one piece of wood.

        Microwave Drawer in an Island with legs.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Add a Pantry Cabinet

                           Here we added a pull-out Pantry cabinet with adjustable wire racks.
               Compare the color of the 30 yr. old CVG Fir doors to the right with our new door.
                                       In a few monthes time the color aging will catch up.
                                     I had tons of fun carving the wooden spoon / handle.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Oregon Black Walnut Table

Here's an Oregon Black Walnut table keeping the live sapwood edge as an accent. These two sister slabs have lots of curly grain figure are butterflied and joined.
The legs are tapered and employ through mortice and tenon joints.  The finish is my favorite - age old durable linseed oil with some beeswax to butter it up.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Forest Grove Library _Columns

This is me after installing these wavy wood columns.  The Friends of the Forest Grove Library commissioned me to wrap their plain looking columns with local woods. There are 4 of these columns wrapped with local Forest Grove, OR hardwoods. - Walnut, Cherry, White Oak, and Locust. I thought it was poetic and appropriate to use some of the lumber from a white oak tree that blew down in a windstorm right across downtown F.G. Main St. in 2010.  Other pieces came from Rodgers Park tree falls.
  This project was an integral part of a larger art installation designed by local glass artist Ed Carpenter. I was honored to be asked to be an integral third part of this collaboration with Ed and Eric Canon, who built the textured metal base/feet.  You can see Ed's dichroic colored glass pieces shooting up and out into the sunlit skylight. All together he titled the project "Molly's Garden" - after his mother who was a librarian there years ago.  Indeed, with the sunlight streams down Ed's colored glass conduit into my wooden chalice, the energy is then carried down through Greg's wavy woods, to be held fast by Eric's steel boots - firmly defining our Library's centrum. Come by anytime, feel the energy !  and check out a good book.

Black Walnut Credenza

Here's a Black walnut credenza with lateral files incl. locks from each end.  The faces are local Oregon black walnut and the drawer pulls I made from a bright red wood- C.American bloodwood.  It has an Oil finish.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

High Gloss Acrylite Kitchen Cabinets

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This was an unusual project- using high gloss Acrylite panels. It involved very special handling, but it turned out to be a fantastic kitchen.  I enjoyed offsetting the rustic lumber accents with the high gloss. 

Saturday, February 20, 2016

CVG Fir Kitchen

This CVG Fir kitchen has a light stain on it. Big bin drawers play a prominent role for easy access here utilizing the under-mounted full extension slides by Blum. Storage over oven cabinets are often too high up to reach, so I often designate that cabinet to house vertical dividers for trays etc.- being the most efficient way to use and access the space.  Under cabinet lighting is concealed behind the upper doors.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Wall mounted Spice Cabinet

My latest shop project- a wall mounted spice cabinet of Oregon black walnut and cherrywood....for Marcella and Christopher's kitchen back in DC. It should keep their herbs and spices fierce and ready for all her new upcoming recipes.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Liquor Cabinet

Candy is dandy but a liquor is quicker. This is a white oak liquor cabinet. The tree cut-outs are helped by a lighted interior. The mid section lifts up and slides in to access the interior stone top. It measures 45" wide.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Bamboo Kitchen

All horizontal grain match-up

Upper open-through Bamboo shelves

The other side

Close up of the open-through shelves

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Display Cabinets

E. Maple display cabinets for the Pacific University School of Pharmacy - they have lots of antique pharmeceutical paraphernalia to display. These were clean and clear projects. The tops of the cabinets have glass too, so as to use ambient light from above. Interior lighting can still be added if needed. The bill for all that tempered glass was more that I expected, however.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Oregon Walnut Credenza

from the workbench:
Here's an Oregon walnut credenza just about to be moved off the workbench and delivered to downtown Portland, OR.  I made some fun drawer pulls out of bloodwood. Also, as if the flames of sapwood aren't enough, there's an inlay of bloodwood vertically carrying through each drawer face. I always enjoy what I'm doing.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Audio Visual Dovetailed Cabinet

Here is the front view. 48" x 22"d. x 36" ht.   The drawers below are sized to house DVD cases on edge. These are also hand cut dovetail drawer boxes - no drawer slides - just a box in-a-box design with waxed rails - loose enough for some wood movement. - very smooth.  African wenge wood pulls are hand made.

The finished dovetails

Take it from the top - Finished dovetails

In shop - furniture making

The in-shop workbench layout of hand-cut dovetails on cherry wood - very exacting.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

CVG Fir Kitchen

This kitchen has a 9' ceiling and our CVG Fir cabinets feature full height doors. Horizontal grain matching seen here with the solid stock drawer faces is an important design issue. It is most often overlooked with production/stock cabinetmakers because it's expensive labor to keep track of that match. I enjoyed the custom wood microwave "trim kit."

CVG Fir Kitchen

CVG Fir kitchen - highlighting the baking center and prep sink.

CVG Fir Kitchen

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Cedar Bench - Bentwood lamination

Bentwood cedar bench 2' x 8' - slats made from CVG cedar landscape bender boards; Brass base pedestals and tabletop / fire-pit cover made by Eric Canon Metals, a metal sculptor also of Forest Grove, OR. I had fun bending the 64 off the shelf 10' long cedar bender boards around an 8' radius form. Exterior white glue -Titebond II works just fine and is easy clean-up, but the process involves dozens of clamps and many set-up clamping sessions. Getting quality clear vertical grain material is key as is the case with any bentwood project, as well as lots of project patience. The finish is Linseed oil and turpentine - several coats. It's been a year since, so it's probably time for another coat. I like how the brass is weathering too.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Edge Detail

Mahogany edge detail

Fly Tying workbench

38" wide and 45" ht. -
This is mahogany - one wide board for the main work top. I had fun with the end panels
and the top edge ends. Even the little drawer faces are fishy shaped. I think my friend Tom will have plenty of room to get that Pheasant tail nymph going.

Friday, August 20, 2010


Here's a modern rendition of a Japanese step tansu, at a hallway and staircase. This really does help organize within a busy passageway.
This cherrywood entry is for shoes and each door has locker type storage for school backpacks, soccer balls, and skateboards?

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Pull-out spice organiztion

Kathy Vinton inspired me to do this. She always has such a fresh approach. Simple wood dowels work well herding the flock of spices.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Let's start with a good breakfast

Cheryl & Chris Hunter have a breakfast table now that will be even more comfy when seat cushions are soon done. This local Oregon white oak wood is from a Forest Grove neighbor - whose backyard tree had a few embedded tree house nails, but we cut around them just in time.
The butterflies are walnut which embellish and help hold things together. It's challenging working with air-dried "green" wood because of natural shrinkage, twisting and cracking but these effects also lend to a nice character - not found in anything but genuine, natural materials.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Honduran Mahogany Table

Here is a Honduran Mahogany tabletop with my fierce concentric wave carved edge. I'm afraid the ponderosa pine peeler core leg does it little justice and pales in comparison.

White Oak Table

Here is an Oregon white oak table with a strong clean leg detail. With tables I like to announce how leg design should never go unnoticed, and of course I can't help but do things a bit unusual. The edge detailing speaks boldly for itself.

Oregon White Oak Table

This is a pair of bookmatched 4" thick slab of local Oregon white oak placed on a trestle leg system. It was rather green when built, and the wood has shrunken quite a bit. Our butterflies really do the job of holding it together. It weighs a ton, and when you sit at it feeling its solid density, it is a very grounding experience. This is an oil-based satin polyurathane finish.

Monday, September 7, 2009