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Woodworkers' Gallery

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Woodworkers’ Gallery



Mantel by Brent Randall, Mississauga, ON

The mantel, made from solid and veneered European steamed beech, is approximately 10" by 72" with a 13" deep top. The beech was coloured using an aniline dye followed by a gel stain glaze. The finish is several coats of a homemade oil/varnish mix. The marquetry inlay is made of mahogany, curly maple, walnut and pear. The mouldings were all made in Brent’s shop with the curved molding across the bottom of the frieze done using bent laminations. This project was Brent’s first incorporating marquetry, veneering and bent lamination. You can see more of his work at randallboxes.com.

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Change Table by Edward Smith, Conception Bay, NL

This pine change table, made for Edward’s oldest daughter, measures 33" wide x 28" high x 17" deep. The curved tops on the sides were cut using a router trammel. Fluting in the end panels was accomplished with a handheld router using a combination of ½" straight bit and ¼" cove bit. The top shelf, bottom shelf and sides were brought together using stopped dados. The drawer pulls and runners are also made from pine. The drawers themselves were assembled using locking rabbet joints, which were cut on a table saw and resulted in an amazingly strong joint. To achieve a natural wood look Edward finished the project with four coats of a satin wipe on polyurethane.