Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Civil Service Discounts!

Did you know that the Barefoot Woodworker is a War Veteran?

So, to show our thanks to all of those who serve our country  in various ways we offer this discount year round. (Not just when the sentiment is popular)

  • All Active (and Active Retired) civil servants receive a 5% discount! 
  • Additional 5% for each of the following medals (or their civilian equivalent): 
      Bronze Star • Silver Star • Purple Heart 
  • Additional 10% for: • Medal of Honor (or civilian equivalent) 

Who Qualifies: 
Police Officers Military (active and Active Retired)
City, State, Federal Officials
Public School Teachers
and anyone else who receives a Govt. Paycheck. . .

Here are some examples of who can qualify:
I've known school teachers cut by gang members (Purple Heart). 
I currently know a Police Officer awarded the Medal of Valor (Civilian Medal of Honor). 
Some other civilian equivalents would be: Humanitarian of the Year, American Red Cross or Woman of the Year, Chamber of Commerce. 

I have a cousin who has been awarded 3 Bronze Stars, 2 Silver Stars, is retired from the U.S. Army and currently working as a State Park Ranger. If he ever comes in I’ll have to pay him to build his project!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Custom Requirements for a Table and Buffet

The table shown here is made of solid birch. 
There is no plywood or particle board found  here. 
Two removable (grain-matched) leaves were made for this table, allowing it to be either  7, 8 or 9 feet long.
An Interesting Requirement! 
The client required it be sturdy enough to hold two dancing 200lb people on it.  Now that’s custom!  When the customer arrived to pick this piece up, I had put the two leaves in and was sitting in the center of the 9’ table.  
(That’s 180lbs on the weakest point of the table!).

The matching solid birch buffet also had some interesting requirements:
“It needs to be this tall”
(customer held hand parallel to floor and I measured from there).
“It needs to be this long”
(customer held arms outstretched and I measured from there),
If you look closely at the pictures, you’ll see the top is not perfectly flat. 
It was hand-planed.  

Sunday, October 7, 2012

A Watch Box in Progress

This box is seemingly very simple. However to assemble it took 9 clamps, 6 hands, 2 glue bottles and 54 dowels all working together in unison for 15 mins straight.

As you can see from the picture, I had to finish the inside of the box before I could assemble it, though the outside can't be finished until everything else is done. This stage would have come much sooner if the level of detail needed for this was just a little less and it hadn't caused a kickback on the saw resulting in a withdrawal from work for several weeks.

I've also included a close up of one of the interesting joints. This joint is not only very attractive but also very intricate requiring special tooling and exceptional consideration. It's my own modern variant on a Chinese joint, that I know dates back at least 1200 years, but is unknown in Western construction.


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