Kitchen Countertop

Furniture, Miscellaneous, Woodworking

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  • Mixed hardwoods; mahogany, walnut and maple. Inlays are maple and walnut.
  • Size 85.5″ x 13″
  • NFS

This is one of four wooden counter tops that I’m building with the guidance of Jay Hindley, the ever patient and knowledgeable instructor in my woodworking class. The wood is recycled hardwood semi-truck flooring and the maple was once a gym bench. A small amount of trim work is still to be done, but I’m so pleased with the results, I’m posting. Another post shows a dining room table using the same materials. That table began as a counter top, but after deciding not to use wood around the sink, it was redesigned and now sits in the Zimney dining room.

Dining Room Table w/ Serving Board

Furniture, Woodworking

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  • Walnut, Mixed hardwood, Maple and Colored Glass
  • Table size approx. 70″ x 38″ x 29.5″
  • Serving Board size approx. 20″ x 16″
  • NFS

This dining room table follows the American folk tradition and is called a Sawbuck Table. The legs and rail are walnut while the braces are maple. The table top is re-purposed wood; the maple was once a gym bench in a high school locker room and the mixed hardwood, some Brazilian, was once the flooring of a semi-truck. The inlays are maple and walnut edged in colored ink. The rail pins are stained with the same color of ink.
The serving board which slides under the table top, is made of the same wood. The colored glass inlay has an orderly pattern that appears to tumble and the inlay changes to wood.

Hansel and Gretel Dollhouse

Birds in Paintings, Dollhouse, Illustration, Insects in Paintings, Mixed Media, Na's class presentation, Paintings, Woodworking

Hansel & Gretel Dollhouse

Hansel & Gretel interior

Hansel & Gretel Dollhouse, front and rt. side

Hansel & Gretel Dollhouse, side and rear view

Asked to paint a dollhouse for the Douglas County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), I was joined and benefited from the skilled help of family, John and Mindy Huston. My son suggested the theme, and two of my grandchildren modeled. The front facade of the witch lair finds Hansel reaching for a cookie shingle while the witch peeks out the cottage door. Gretel has pulled a gumdrop from the wall to eat. The back side of the house is dark and stormy. The interior has bats, spiders, black cats, a jar of eyeballs and all things creepy. Hansel has been fattened in his cage and Gretel acts to save their lives.

CASA, which benefits abused and neglected children, raises fund by selling chances to win a large dollhouse. To support their efforts, please go to the CASA website. www.dccasa.org. or visit the CASA office, 1009 N.H., Suite B.

The Hansel & Gretel dollhouse, along with other donated dollhouses, was sold in a silent auction at an annual CASA Playhouse Celebration at the Lawrence Arts Center.