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Friday, February 27, 2009

Episode #95 - Cherry Fine Art Print Bin Delivery

This project was a commission for The Clearwater Gallery in Sisters, Oregon. It was built with wild Oregon cherry I purchased from Hardwood Components, Inc . . . a local family run hardwood mill that specializes in native Oregon hardwoods. After getting some rough dimensions from the gallery, I worked out the design for the project over several evening using SketchUp.

Gallery owner Julia loading fine art prints

I used my vacuum press to veneer the bottom of the shelf with rift-sawn cherry and to press the carpet covered shelf insert. Finish schedule was two coats 1/2# clear shellac to minimize blotching followed by a single coat of 1# amber shellac and 6 coats of wet sanded Original Formula Waterlox. A final buffing with two coats of clear wax finished off the project.

Click for details: Cherry Fine Art Print Bin

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Episode #94 – A Fine Art Print Bin


A Fine Art Print Bin Made From
Wild Oregon Cherry


Pressing the Carpeted Support Panel with a Vacuum Press

I just completed the art print bin being built for The Clearwater Gallery in Sisters, Oregon. This was a commissioned piece to hold shrink-wrapped art prints in the gallery. The owners felt that a wooden print bin would fit the character of the gallery better than a commercial steel bin.

Completed Fine-Art Print Bin

The design was worked out with SketchUp and finalized with a mock-up built with pine and MDF using a Kreg Jig and pocket screw joinery. The only change from the original design was to increase the height of the back support and to add a set of lower supports between the legs.

Original SketchUp Rendering

SketchUp Working Perspective

Pine & MDF Mock-Up

Final SketchUp Rendering

The project was built with Wild Oregon Cherry that I got from a family run hardwood mill. I showcased Hardwood Components, Inc. in Episode #86. For storage and portability, the design features a knock down system using black oxide allen-head cap screws, brass washers and threaded steel inserts. The print bin shelf is veneered with rift sawn cherry and covered with black commercial carpet to provide support and traction for the art prints.

Leg Detail

Leg Leveler Detail

Carpeted Shelf Support

The support legs have an adjustable leveler to help remove any rocking on uneven floors in the gallery. The floors are wonderfully finished original wood with a lot of character, including a couple of bullet holes from a prior conflict when the gallery was a store that catered to early loggers working in the nearby forests.

A Brass Makers-Mark Completes the Project!

Delivery to the gallery is scheduled for tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Episode #93 - A Print Bin . . . My Next Project

Original Concept

My next project is well underway. I have been working hard to get this project designed and built in time for delivery this month. Because of the rush, I haven't been very good at recording the project progress. I am building a "print bin" for The Clearwater Gallery in Sisters, Oregon.

Initial Thoughts in SketchUp

The purpose of a print bin is to hold art prints that have been shrunk wrapped on foam core. This project is being built from the wild Oregon cherry I picked up at Hardwood Components in Episode #86.

Final Design with Taller Back,
Lower Braces & More Graceful Leg Profile

I started out playing with ideas in SketchUp and then built a full sized mock-up out of inexpensive pine and MDF. Once I convinced myself the design was sound I had it reviewed by the owners of the gallery. The only modification suggestion was to extend the back approximately six inches to provide better support of the print collection. This was a quick change in SketchUp. After that I was off dimensioning stock.

Quick Mock-Up of Pine & MDF
with Pocket Screw Joinery

This project breaks down for easy storage and transportation. It bolts together with 1/4-20 x 1 black oxide button head bolts, brass washers and steel threaded inserts. Full plans and completed photos to follow. I am busy applying finish so I can deliver at the end of the month!