Saturday, December 22, 2007

My Life When I'm Not Blogging

It has been a few weeks since I have posted anything and with good reason. I had a project that I had promised to complete by Christmas. It has involved a lot of 17 hour work days over the past couple of weeks, but I finished yesterday. I will need to go back for some minor touch up stuff, but the customer is pleased and I am too. I thought I would share some pictures of the project through different stages of its steps towards completion. The project is designed and built solely by myself. The wood is quarter-sawn ash and matched ash veneers.

This is where the project will go. This picture was taken 1 year ago. The project will have a bookcase on the left side of the fireplace, the fireplace hearth and mantle, and an entertainment center on the right side of the fireplace.

This is a picture of the project in my shop 2 weeks ago. I assembled the whole unit in the shop as I made the mouldings and trim work to go on the unit. You can see a little bit of the amazing grain in the wood on this unit. You can also see a little bit of my cluttered shop.

This is after the first day of installation on Wednesday. I hired another cabinetmaker to help me with the installation. These units are a little big to handle by myself. I could have done it, but I saved myself a tremendous amount of time by hiring in someone else.

This is the finished project after I was done yesterday afternoon. Just a little bit of moulding to go around the marble and it will be done. The customer was very happy and so am I. It is not the largest project I have ever done, but it may be the most complicated. It may also be the most rewarding. This will go down as one of my favorite projects I have done.


tln said...

WOW!!! I hired the wrong cabinetmaker for my built in. Someday when I'm rich and begore you are famous, I'll have you re-do mine. LOL

TheDoyle5 said...

Hey Eric -
Nice job my friend - you certainly have a gift from God.
Thank you for all your help over Advent this year -
Keith Doyle

Anonymous said...

hey eric,

the fireplace surround looks great. i think your careful consideration and handling of the quatersawn grain as it travels throughout the piece is the stongest element that stands out to me. there aren't a lot of people who agonize over things like that, but i feel it reinforces our trade as the small custom wood shop. your fireplace surround is a solid, practical example of why people still choose to have things custom made by hands that genuinely care about their craft. thanks for extending the opportunity to me to work along side you for a day. i really enjoyed it.

eric w.