View from the Garage

December 12, 2014

Room divider

Filed under: Woodworking — thefusionguy @ 9:56 pm

I made this shelving to separate the living room from the entrance way. We needed something to present our various treasures accumulated over the years, and this serves that purpose. The wood is red oak with some accents of purpleheart, and the finish is Minwax Wipe-on Poly. The two glass panels are Spectrum Glass (red) and Youghiogheny Glass from Delphi Glass. The Youghiogheny (no idea how to pronounce that) glass was very unsmooth and fragile, having been made of several colors and textures of glass, making it tricky to cut to size. But I managed with tools and advice from a very saleswoman at Blue Dolphin Glass . The large golden-colored panel is two layers of brass screen (expensive!–from TWP) separated by curved spacers, so that interesting Moiré patterns move and shift as you walk by. The patterns don’t show up too well in the photos.

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These are jigs I made to align the dowels that join the pieces: for the end grain on the left and on board faces on the right.Oak board  007

This thing was too large to carry, so I had to glue up segments in the workshop and then assemble them in place.Oak board  006

The long boards were a challenge in a small shop:

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Straightening the edges of a 10′ oak board 2″ thick took some elbow grease, but to my surprise it’s do-able.
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  1. How beautiful– when Artie is here, I’ll have him get me up the drive so I can see it all .. Love the glass and screen in the divider.. How do you keep the art work from being push off by “you know who,but not which one”?? It really changes the outlook of the room.. I realy like it…

    Comment by K. Joanne Stark — December 12, 2014 @ 10:25 pm

    • “Museum wax” keeps the objects on the shelves–otherwise, I’d be shooing the cats around no end…

      Comment by thefusionguy — December 12, 2014 @ 10:55 pm

  2. Ron, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog entries and seeing all the beautiful things you have created for your house. The pictures take me right back to my afternoons there, spending time with Gwyn and Owen! I can’t find your email address but would love to chat. Can you send me an email?

    Comment by Sara Silver — January 10, 2015 @ 3:01 am

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