Reader Showcase: Issue 103


Fit for a queen. Even though he’s only been building furniture for a few years, Georgia woodworker Bud Brook pulled off this beautiful Queen Anne-style dressing table. The project marked a few firsts for him, including making cabriole legs, half-blind lipped drawers, and a turned finial. Designed and built for his girlfriend, the lowboy measures 39" wide, 18" deep, and stands 65" tall. The matching upholstered seat measures 20 × 14 × 18". Brook built both of African mahogany, using pine and poplar as secondary woods.


More horsepower. Jim Smoller enjoys building toys for his grandchildren. He followed up his ride-on Ford woody (Dec/Jan 21) with this oak equine. Smoller’s take on the kid-friendly classic features leather ears and a saddle he upholstered. The yarn mane and tail are attached with hot glue, and the steed was given a paste wax rub-down. We’re sure his grandchildren agree, this toy rocks!


Turning the table. At his daughter’s request, woodworker Joe Gass crafted this elegant side table inspired by Michael Kehs’s turned table (April/May 21). Gass glued up blanks from assorted flat scraps of oak, walnut, poplar, cherry, and alder before turning them on the lathe. He finished the project with Waterlox sealer. At 24" tall with a 14" diameter top, Gass’s table stands a bit shorter and wider than Kehs’s original, making it more stable around his three active grandsons.


It’s about time. Working on the project on and off for a couple of years, hobbyist woodworker Zane Edge designed and built this clock in honor of his uncle, a woodworker and clockmaker. The timepiece stands 82" tall and 17" wide. The case is constructed of quartersawn sapele, with a pommele sapele back panel. A large beveled glass front displays the impressive weight-driven Hermle clock movement. Edge’s work on this beauty was definitely not a waste of time!


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