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DVD Holder

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DVD HolderI guess I'm doing something wrong… getting landscape pictures…DVD Holder
6 years ago my daughter asked me to build a DVD Holder for her. At that time, I had a design in mind, and she liked its execution - I posted this to both LJs and WWW around Sept. 2014. Anyone interested in design and construction details can scroll through my Project Gallery, on these forums, and get the primary details certainly, any and all questions and queries are welcome.
Move the clock forward, and we are in the age of Netflix and Prime Video, and several other movie streaming services. However, as a family we purchase movies that we like.
The original DVD Holder design stores about 110 dvd 'boxes', and some number larger than that of the box-less variety. She's run-out of space, and asked for a second holder.
Having just finished a Hard Maple & Rhodesian Teak chair, I had sufficient shop cut-offs to make this piece.
Design
It seems that ever since I met Hal Taylor (of rocking chair fame), I've moved completely away from traditional casework. Other than working through his detailed rocking chair process, the DVD Holder (2014) was one of my first contemporary designs.
The Holder is dominated by three main parts (2 identical sides and the back), with a common arc (0.75 over 64), a top and bottom cap (these share a common width, with the bottom having a deeper depth; and a Top and Bottom cap - these are held separate from the 3 sides by 6 tenons, each an attempt to create a 'floating' appearance. The matching arcs tend to soften the visual weight - the intend is to draw the eye and the mind's-eye to the negative space (between the maple pieces). The dark wood inlay, in both the shelves and main pieces, is an attempt to provide a subtle counterpoint to the blond maple.
Brass pins and clips serve to hold 6 of the 8 shelves, with the remaining 2 shelves glued into both the sides and back dados - the back of these 2 shelves is M&T'd in two places into the back piece to add racking strength, and ensure that the back piece (64 x 8 x 0.375) doesn't warp along the way.
Things that add flavor to the build
This piece requires attention to sequence that is, with all of the arcs, you quickly lose square reference surfaces: precise alignment across 3 pieces of the shelf holes (clips and pins) and the 2 fixed shelf dados requires equally precise layout and execution.
The tenons and dados need to be protected from applied finish, for subsequent glue-up. I apply both Zinnser Sealcoat (via cloth) and Deft Waterborne Acrylic (3 coats, via HVLP spray) to all surfaces. The tenons, their mortises, and dado surfaces need to be taped prior to finishing.
Making inlay troughs – I centered the wood on my table saw blade, and cut a 1.0 deep trough in each of the 3 side pieces and Top & Bottom caps; and cut a 0.25 trough in the shelving billet (a long piece, not yet cut into individual shelves). The right & left sides, as 2 Caps are 0.75 material, and I endeavored to cut a 0.25 width trough - I couldn't use my router table to get the 1.0 depth.
Making the inlay material was a Pain! I purged my drum sander - a 1st generation Performax - last year, and this is the first time I could have used it. I purged the machine, as it wa frustrating to keep in alignment, and it kept burning one half of work, and missing the other half. I opted to use a Gripper to push material against my Jet disk sander.
Final Thoughts
My schedule pulls me in many directions - this is one project where you want to get in the shop, focus, finish, and move-on. Continuity is important.
I'm gaining confidence in my spray finishing - the Deft and Fuji spray finishing process seems to be working well.I look forward to your questions and comments. Please feel free to borrow any design ideas
MJCD



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Essential Oil Trays

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Essential Oil Trays Two custom designed essential oil trays that I recently created—as my wife heavily uses them (as many do). She needed places to put these in various locations around our home. I couldn't come to terms with the cheap, Chinese-made metal caddies she would by off of Ebay/Amazon. I also didn't care for the typical stair-step wood displays which are all too common. So, as usual, I sat and wanted to design something unique.So after, fiddling with weird shapes, I decided on a “centerpiece” type caddy that was a circular shape. It would arrange the oil bottles similar to a clock. However, I did have an interesting puzzle to solve in the design—her oil bottles come in 2 sizes. How can I ensure the caddy would accommodate them all, and allow them to fit snugly? I decided to double-recess each slot—allowing the smaller bottles to fit concentrically within the larger slot. Therefore you can mix/match bottle sizes on each one.I created both 12-bottle and 24-bottle variants, shown above in both walnut and mahogany. A little mineral oil & beeswax and these look like a million bucks (well…almost). I'm looking to create some trays that are mix-match species or utilize different arrangements…potentially even incorporate a spot for a diffuser. Who knows?Check out all my woodworking adventures on Facebook/Instagram at @docsdesignsfurniture



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Numbers and Colors Puzzle

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Numbers and Colors PuzzleThis is a little puzzle I made for our great granddaughter, Mckinlee, so she can recognize numbers and associate them with the colors. It might be a little too early to show her this but I wanted to see how she does when we have her next Tuesday.The board is 1/4” hardboard with a melamine finish and the number are 1/4” maple plywood (4” high) .The colors are acrylic paints.Cheers, Jim



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