Bill Gourlay


Fence Post People made from Driftwood and another unknown wood. The finish is wax.

Cory's Monkey made from Walnut. The finish is Walnut stain, Acrylics, Semi-gloss Varathane, and Wax.

Angry Cub made from Butternut. The finish is Sanding Sealer, Walnut Stain, Acrylics, and Semi-gloss Varathane.
6/5/2015 Click on image to see closeup.


Happy Cup carved by Bill from Butternut and finished in Sanding Sealer, Acrylics and Semi-gloss varathane.
4/13/2015 Click on image to see closeup.


Bill carved this Giraffe from Basswood and he painted it with Sanding Sealer, Acrylics, and Satin Varathane.
2/5/2015 Click on image to see closeup.


Bill calls this La Plume. It is carved from Basswood and the base is Walnut. The base is finished with stain and satin Varathane. The feather is finished with Acrylic and Semi-gloss Varathane.

Bill's latest Elephant is carved from Walnut with Basswood tusks. The finish is sanding sealer and Satin Varathane.

These are Friendship Roses carved from Basswood and genuine dried rose stems. The finish is sanding sealer, acrylics and satin Varathane.
11/6/2014 Click on image to see closeup.


One Project... this is two Olive pencil holders with letter openers. The finish is Sanding Sealer and Finishing Wax.
Tapping Toes... is an adaption of Master Toymaker Gene West's original idea. The toes tap in sequence when the crank handle is turned. The finish is also Sanding Sealer and Finishing Wax.
Walking Stick... is a Birch branch relief carving of Wood Spirits and polar bear head. Same finish as that above.
6/6/2014 Click on image to see closeup.


Polar Bear carved from donated wood. The finish is sanding sealer and finishing wax.
5/7/2014 Click on image to see closeup.


"The Foreman" carved from a Birch brance and finished in Acrylic and Walnut stain for antiquing.
4/4/2014 Click on image to see closeup.


Mountain Man w/pipe made from Birch and finished in Sanding Sealer and Semi-gloss Varathane.
3/7/2014 Click on image to see closeup.


Driftwood Diamondback. Bill took a year to figure out what he could do with this piece.
1/10/2014 Click on image to see closeup.


This is Brett's Turtle carved by Bill from a 4x8x8 block of Walnut from Carl Stude. It is finished with Walnut Stain, Tung Oil, and Minwax Finishing Wax.
12/9/2013 Click on image to see closeup.


8 Mice Carved from 5/4 Walnut Finised with Sanding Sealer & Satin Varathane. Whiskers are paint brush bristles. Eyes are seamstress pins.

Petersen Nameplate Walnut desk nameplate for Dr. Petersen. Finished with Tung Oil & Finishing Wax

Horse Redwood carving with Purpleheart base. Finished with Sanding Sealer & Satin Varathane

Tran Tooth Molar carved from Basswood to hold Dr. Tran's business cards. Finished with Sanding Sealer & Semi-Gloss Varathane

Bill's Show and Tell pieces for November.
11/17/2013 Click on image to see closeup.


Bucking Bronco carved from a 2x8x8 piece of Mahogany. The base is Purpleheart and it is mounted with a 1/8" round, solid brass rod. The finish is Sanding Sealer and Satin Varathane.

Peterson's Foot is carved from Basswood for a Podiatrist friend as office art and business card holder. It is finished in Sanding Sealer and Satin Varathane.
9/6/2013 Click on image to see closeup.


"Standing Wolf" was carved from Basswood 4" x 8" x10". Finish is semi-gloss Varathane.

"Forever" was carved from a Birch branch. The base is Purpleheart. Finish is semi-gloss Varathane.
8/7/2013 Click on image to see closeup.


Gilda's Rose was carved from Butternut. The stem is an actual rose stem. The finish is Acrylic and Varathane.

White Wolf was carved from a 4"x8"x14" piece of Mahogany. It is finished in Sanding Sealer, Acrylics, and Varathane
6/7/2013 Click on image to see closeup.


Three Band Saw Boxes made from Poplar, with Purpleheart drawer pulls. Finished in Tung oil and wax.

7/12/2011 Click on image to see closeup.


Two Boxes One Walnut and one Maple: finished in Tung Oil and Wax.
6/4/2011 Click on image to see closeup.


Fuchsia A rose carved from Base wood with a genuine dried rose stem. The base is Walnut. The finish is Acrylic and Varathane on the rose with Tung Oil on the base.

Highlander made by carving a Birch branch. The finish is Varathane and wax.
6/4/2011 Click on image to see closeup.


Mountain Man II carved from a Birch branch with the bark left on the back. Pipe is Basswood and the base is Mahogany. Approximately 7" tall, it is finished with Sanding Sealer and Semi-gloss Varathane.
5/6/2011 Click on image to see closeup.


Lotus from a pattern by Lois Keener Ventura. It is made from Walnut with Maple drawer pulls and is about 14 1/2" tall. The finish is Minwax Special Walnut Stain, Tung Oil and Finishing Wax.
11/13/2010 Click on image to see closeup.


Whale Play Bill made this bandsaw box from Walnut patterned after a design by Lois Keener Ventura. The finish is Tung Oil & Wax.
9/29/2010 Click on image to see closeup.


More T'ang Horse Bookends by Bill. This seconds set of T'ang Dynasty Horse Bookends is made from Basswood and Butternut. The finish is sanding sealer, Semi-gloss Varathane & wax.

Stylized Curlew by Bill. This Walnut bird was carved from a 'Stude' wood block. The base is simple Zebrawood, and it is finished in Tung Oil and wax.

Polar Bear #4 is carved from Basswood and is about 8.5"x6"x5". The finish is sanding sealer and wax.

These T'ang Horse Bookends are carved from Oak and Walnut. They are finished with Tung Oil and Wax.

Bill's Walrus is carved from a single piece of found Manzanita donated by Bob Pollard. Minimum carving was required. Seamstress ballpoint pens were inset for the eyes, paint brush bristles for the whiskers. The finish is Acrylic on the tusks but sanding sealer and wax on the rest.

Wood Spirit is carved driftwood with a Mahogany base. There is wax on the base only.

Grizzly #6 Carved from a Butternut block and finished with Tung Oil & wax. The eyes are ballpoint seamstress pins. Approx. 5 1/2" tall and 8 1/2" long.
9/3/2010 Click on image to see closeup.


Polar Bear #3 sits on Bill's coffee table. It is carved Basswood and is approximately 10"x6:x5". The finished is Sanding sealer and Wax.
5/7/2010 Click on image to see closeup.


Band Saw Box
4/15/2010 Click on image to see closeup.


Walking Stick #6 carved from a Birch branch and finished in Minwax Finishing Wax.
4/15/2010 Click on image to see closeup.


Whale Play made from laminated Poplar with walnut drawer pulls; finished in Tung Oil and Wax.

Heart Box made from laminated Mahogany and finished in Tung Oil, Acrylics and wax.

Walking Stick #5 is carved from ornamental plum branch. It is finished in sanding sealer, walnut stain for antique appearance, and wax.
2/5/2010 Click on image to see closeup.


Wood Spirit Power carved from driftwood, approximately 16" tall. Finished in light acrylic wash and wax.
12/3/2009 Click on image to see closeup.


The Colt. This stylized horse head, power-carved from laminated Basswood with Mahogany base approximately 8" tall. The finish is Varathane on the base and wax on the carving.
11/6/2009 Click on image to see closeup.


The Tides Bandsaw box #15 made with Purpleheart and Lemonwood drawer pulls. Deign by Lois Keener Ventura. Approximate size is 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" x 10". The finish is Forby's Tung Oil Finish and Minwax Finishing Wax.
9/4/2009 Click on image to see closeup.


Tatooed Polar Bear Power carved from a Birch log it is approximately 6"x6"x9 1/2". It has a heart shaped knot (tatoo) on the left rump, which is, unfortunately, not visible in the picture. The finish is Minwax Finishing Wax.
9/4/2009 Click on image to see closeup.


Bill made this pair (Bandsaw Boxes #10 and #11) from laminated Poplar with Walnut drawer pulls. These are special designs by Bill. The finish is Formby's Tung Oil Finish & Minwax Finishing Wax.

This sculptured bandsaw box is titled "L'Homme" and is box #14 from Bill. The wood is Purpleheart. It is a modification to Lois Keener Ventura's "Wind Tree", but shaped into a human profile. The finish is the same as above.
8/7/2009 Click on image to see closeup.


Another of Bill's famous Band Saw Boxes (#12 and #13) made from Poplar with Walnut drawer pulls. The finish is Formby's Tung Oil Finish & Minwax Finishing Wax.
7/3/2009 Click on image to see closeup.


This Surf bandsaw box was made from Walnut donated by Arlen. The drawer pull is Lemon wood. The finish is Formby's Tung Oil and Minwax Finishing Wax.
6/5/2009 Click on image to see closeup.


This Bandsaw Box #9 is make from Walnut. The finish starts with a special Walnut stain followed by Formby's Tung Oil Finish and Minwax Finishing Wax.
6/5/2009 Click on image to see closeup.


Walking Stick #4 Horse head is carved from Walnut. The stick is made from an Ornamental Plum branch. The finish is Acrylics and Helmspar Varathane.
6/5/2009 Click on image to see closeup.


Catch of the Day The fish is carved from Butternut with a Dremel tool. It is mounted on driftwood, with minimal carving, and attached to an acrylic painted base. The finish is sanding sealer and acrylics.
5/8/2009 Click on image to see closeup.


Cupcakes is carved from Butternut, also with a Dremel tool after initial cuts on a band saw. (The paper plate is for the reality illusion). The finish is acrylics with Krylon matte finish.
5/8/2009 Click on image to see closeup.


Walking Stick #3 was made from a piece of donated, unknown, wood. It is finished with acrylics and Krylon matte finish.
5/8/2009 Click on image to see closeup.


Fuschia Roses Power-carved from Butternut (1) and Walnut (2) with a Dremel Tool. Stems are real, dried rose stems, cured in the microwave oven. Finish: Sanding Sealer, acrylics, Krylon Matte Finish.
4/4/2009 Click on image to see closeup.


Stampede Carved in driftwood, approx. 2' long.? It's interesting how the natural yellow grain looks like dust kicked up by the hooves. That was an unintended surprise. Finish: None, except for some Tung Oil on the faraway hills
4/4/2009 Click on image to see closeup.


Bill's Wood Spirit is again carved from Driftwood using a Dremel Tool and an Exacto Knife. The finish is Sanding Sealer, acrylic point for antiquing, and finishing wax.
3/6/2009 Click on image to see closeup.


Bill shows his latest carving of the Scottish Highlander made from a neighbor's donated Birch branch. It was carved with a Dremel tool, Ryobi reciprocating chisel, and Exacto knife. The finish is sanding sealer, Walnut stai for antiquing and finishing wax.
2/6/2009 Click on image to see closeup.


This wonderful Walking Stick was intrically carved by Bill. The handle is carved from Walnut and the body from an Ornamental Plum Branch. Handle and body were joined with a 5/8" dowel. Tools used were: Dremel Tool, Ryobi Reciprocating Chisel, and Exacto knife. The finish is Sanding Sealer, Walnut stain for antiquing and Finishing Wax.
1/9/2009 Click on image to see closeup.


These are the latest of Bill's wonderfull carving collection. He calls them Indian #2, Indian #3, and The U.S. Marshall. Each is approximately 6" tall, carved from a Birch branch using: Dremel tool, Ryobi reciprocating chisel & Exacto knife. They are finished in sanding sealer and finishing wax.
11/7/2008 Click on image to see closeup.


Mountain Man is a 5"x8" tall Basswood figure. A slight breeze from his right has tipped up his hat brim slightly, blown hair onto his face, turned down his mustache and ruffled his beard. He has a mink tail neclace with two bear claws on it. The finish is sanding sealer with finishing wax. Reference: Carving the Historic Western Face" by Bob Lundy.
8/8/2008 Click on image to see closeup.


Cowboy #4 is also a 5"x8" tall carving. It is made from Butternut. This cowboy has been in one too many bar fights, as his nose will attest. It is finished in Finishing Wax. Reference: Carving the Historic Western Face" by Bob Lundy.
8/8/2008 Click on image to see closeup.


Hibiscus #5 (& #6). These are carved from Butternut and mounted on driftwood and set on a slice of Cherry burl. The finishes: Hibiscus and leaves, Sanding Sealer and Acrylics plus Krylon Matte Finish on leaves and outside of flower. The inside has high gloss Varathane. Reference: "Carving Realistic Flowers in Wood", by Wanda Marsh.
8/8/2008 Click on image to see closeup.


The Fisherman. This bust of a fisherman in foul weather gear is carved from butternut. It is approximately 5" wide by 6 1/2" tall. The finish is sanding sealer, acrylics, Krylon matte finish on face and shirt and high gloss Varathane on the slicker. Note the uncanny resemblance to Felix!
7/4/2008 Click on image to see closeup.


This is a Classic Purple and White Sterling Rose carved from driftwood. It is finished in sanding sealer, Acrylics, and Krylon Matte finish.
6/6/2008 Click on image to see closeup.


The Three Cowboys was a beginner's attempt to carve western faces from driftwood. The finish is Sanding Sealer, Acrylics on hat, shirt, hair and Krylon Matte finish on all. Reference: "Carving the Historic Western Face", by Bob Lundy.
6/6/2008 Click on image to see closeup.


Hibiscus #4... Hibiscus and leaves carved from driftwood then mounted on driftwood and set on a Purple Heart base. Finish: Hibiscus and leaves: Sanding Sealer, Acrylics, Krylon Matte finish all applied before being attached to the unfinished driftwood. The Purple Heart base was immersed in a 20% solution of muriatic acid for about three minutes, rinsed, dried and finished with several coats of Minwax Finishing Wax.
6/6/2008 Click on image to see closeup.


This Birch Hiking Stick was first carved with the many faces then finished in Sanding Sealer and Minwax Finishing Wax.
6/6/2008 Click on image to see closeup.


The Apple is a stylized sculpture made from Basswood. The base is Walnut and stained with MinWax special walnut stain and finished with several coats of Formbys Tung Oil Finish. The apple is brushed with sanding sealer and sprayed with high gloss Varathane.
4/4/2008 Click on image to see closeup.


The Gift is a stylized sculpture of a hand and rose. The hand and base are Walnut. The rose is Basswood. The Base and hand are stained with MinWax special walnut stain and finished with several coats of Formbys Tung Oil Finish. The rose is painted in Acrylics and sprayed with high gloss Varathane.
4/4/2008 Click on image to see closeup.


Two Hibiscus Bill Carved these from Basswood. The first is growing from driftwood and the second on Redwood Burl. Both have an Oak base and are finished with Varathane and Acrylics.
3/7/2008 Click on image to see closeup.


Runs with Wolves This carving is made from driftwood and is finished in Acrylic. The first image shows the carving before finishing.
3/7/2008 Click on image to see closeup.


Surfboard Shelf. Bill made this shelf (viewed from the bottom) from Poplar with laminated Walnut racing stripes. The rudder and one of the stripes was cut as a single piece.
2/9/2008 Click on image to see closeup.


F-16 Carving of an F-16 on a cloud background for Bill's grandson, who is in the Air Force. Made from Poplar and finished with Acrylic.
2/9/2008 Click on image to see closeup.


The Cardinal Bill's latest carving of a face is made from driftwood w/ Varathane finish. Then, it was antiqued by applying Walnut stain and wiping it off 5 minutes later.
2/9/2008 Click on image to see closeup.


Hibiscus is one of two carvings for this month from Bill. It is carved from Basswood and finished in Acrylic. The base is driftwood.
1/5/2008 Click on image to see closeup.


This Santa with Floppy Hat is carved also from Basswood and finished in Acrylic.
1/5/2008 Click on image to see closeup.


Windswept is carved from Redwood driftwood. It is finished in wax.
11/2/2007 Click on image to see closeup.


Gone Fishin' is carved from a single piece (except the fish) of an unknown species of driftwood. The bear is finished in Tung Oil.
11/2/2007 Click on image to see closeup.


Size 3 w/ Hammertoe and Spats is also carved from driftwood. It is finished in Varathane.
Bill reminds us to put Safety first!
11/2/2007 Click on image to see closeup.


This Baby Bear is made from Walnut and finished in Tung Oil.
9/7/2007 Click on image to see closeup.


Bill's Grizzly2 is made from Redwood Driftwood (both pieces). The bear is finished with Tung Oil.
9/7/2007 Click on image to see closeup.


The first is a Grizzly Bear. It is made of Stude Walnut and is finished with Tung Oil.
8/3/2007 Click on image to see closeup.


This is a sculpture in which individual carvings of geese (walnut) and fish (tupelo) have been mounted. It is titled "Sea & Sky" and finished with semi-gloss Varathane. The light source from opposite directions shows off the 3-D quality. The simple dado-ed walnut frame wraps up this project.
8/3/2007 Click on image to see closeup.


The title of this carving is Rappelling. It is made from 'Stude' Walnut and finished in Tung Oil. The actual dimensions are approximately 9 1/2"h. x 5"w. x 2"d.
6/9/2007 Click on image to see closeup.

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This walnut Entertainment Center was custom-built for an alcove in Bill's son's condo. It was built in two sections, using a full-size pattern for the footprint, which was made on-site from poster boards. The right side is 90 degrees from the back wall, while the left side is 135 degrees from the back wall, creating an interesting clamping problem. The faceframe is solid walnut. Sides are 3/4"walnut plywood. Back is 1/2" walnut-stained birch plywood. Biscuit joinery was used extensively. There are two low-voltage 20-watt lights in the top. If the lights should generate excess heat, there are vent holes hidden behind the top rail of the faceframe. A rocker-style light switch is hidden behind the right stile just above the first shelf. The board against the ceiling (which covers the inevitable gap) has two routed, beaded edges. The beads on both stiles were made using separate pieces of walnut molding, fastened with brads. The top section is 62"h. x 53"w. x 15" d.
The lower section was built and installed first. It is 30"h. x 59"w. x 22"d. It has four flat-panel doors, fixed shelves, a solid walnut top, a solid walnut faceframe and a 3" x3" kick space.. The carcase is birch plywood on a poplar frame.
Finish is Semi-gloss, oil-based Varathane and Finishing Wax..
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3/25/2006 Click on image for closeup.


This Corner Cabinet is a housewarming gift that Bill designed as a stand for a bedroom TV and to provide additional storage. It is 30" high, made from 4/4 Walnut and 1/2" Baltic Birch plywood. The two sides that go next to the wall are 24" wide. The inset panels are solid walnut, resawn from 4/4 boards and planed down to 1/4" thick. The top is solid walnut.
Finish: Minwax Special Walnut Stain and Finishing Wax.
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10/29/2005 Click on image for closeup.


This pair of Bandsaw Boxes are made from Poplar and finished in Tung Oil and wax.
6/3/2005 Click on image to see closeup.


This Carved Elephant is made from Mahogany and finished in Tung Oil and wax.
5/5/2005 Click on image for closeup.

Shut the Box game box is made from Walnut and Poplar with Purple Heart splines. Special Walnut stain and Tung Oil finishes the project.
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4/8/2005

Puzzle Box. Plans found at http://www.gtcreations.com/appleseed/. Started by gluing up 7 pieces of Poplar (ea. 1x4x6). Bookmatched the ends (alternated the end grain) which you can see on the left side of the first picture. Finished with Sanding Sealer, Tung Oil and Finishing Wax.
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3/9/2005


Puzzle Box. Plans found at http://www.gtcreations.com/appleseed/. Started by gluing up 7 pieces of Poplar (ea. 1x4x6). Bookmatched the ends (alternated the end grain) which you can see on the left side of the first picture. Finished with Sanding Sealer, Tung Oil and Finishing Wax.
3/9/2005 Click on image to see closeup.


This figure is carved from Sugar Pine and the base is stained walnut. The finish is Tung Oil and wax.
3/1/2005 Click on image for closeup.


Bill made this Jewelry Box with Purple Heart, Walnut, and Mahogany inlays. There are Purple Heart splines on the corners. It is finished in Tung Oil and wax.
2/4/2005 Click on image to see closeup.


Bill made these carvings mainly from Stude Walnut. The Grizzly Bear stands on a piece of driftwood picked up at the Oxnard beach.
All are finished in a special Walnut stain, Tung Oil and wax.
2/4/2005 Click on image for closeup.


Bill's CD & DVD Cabinet is made from Poplar and finished in four coats of Tung Oil.
1/7/2005 Click on image for closeup.


The recipe holders are Walnut with special walnut stain and Tung Oil. The Whistles are Walnut with Tung Oil.
12/4/2004 Click on image to see closeup.


This collection from Bill Gourlay: The large turtle is made from Walnut and finished in 14 coats of Tung Oil.
The small turtles are made from Mahogany.
The stylized Bull, the Owl, and the G-Clef are made from Walnut
The Spoon is made from Teak.
12/4/2004 Click on image for closeup.


Rose Jewelry Box A Walnut jewelry box with engraved roses, finished with Special Walnut Stain, Tung Oil and finishing wax.
11/4/2004 Click on image to see closeup.


Whale Play An interesting effect was created in this band saw box, which began as a teak-veneered dining table leaf. The Poplar core was a glue-up. Veneer was cut off the outside pieces. Veneer on inside pieces produces the striped effect. Finished with Tung Oil & Finishing Wax.
11/4/2004 Click on image to see closeup.


These Whale Pencil Holders and Card Holder were made from Redwood and Walnut and finished with Varathane. The pencil holders are destined for the Interface toy project.
9/2/2004 Click on image to see closeup.


Head... "designer item not included" This is a comic head carved from solid walnut donated by Carl Stude. The finish is Tung Oil.
9/2/2004 Click on image for closeup.


Bill carved 32 of these whimsical shelf mice with a Dremel tool, using plans from a borrowed woodcarvers' magazine. Designed to sit on a shelf, a computer, etc., with the head hanging over the edge, the mice shown here were made from Maple, Walnut (stained and unstained), and Mahogany (stained and unstained). Eyes are seamstress' pins, shortened and epoxied into eye sockets. Whiskers are black paintbrush bristles, individually epoxied into holes drilled by microbits (1/8" shafts), obtained on the Internet from www.ehobbytools.com.
9/2/2004 Click on image for closeup.


Dresser Top Valet This is a dresser top valet made from Walnut. It has four coats of tung oil. The plans came from the Woodworker's Journal.
8/6/2004 Click on image to see closeup.


Oak Chest of Drawers The internal drawer boxes are 1/2" Baltic Birch, including the dado-ed drawer bottoms. Drawers are dovetailed. Dust frames are incorporated into the carcase. Per the owners requirement, it is a 4-drawer chest which appears to have 6 drawers. The top two drawers are really single drawers, with a faux front. Finished with semi-gloss Varathane.
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7/9/2004 Click on image for closeup.


Walnut Box Engraved walnut box; 3" x 5". Special Walnut stain with Tung Oil.
7/7/2004 Click on image for closeup.


Dolphin
7/7/2004 Click on image for closeup.


Barefeet Two realistic looking pieces of driftwood slightly enhanced. Special Walnut stain with Sanding Sealer only.
7/7/2004 Click on image for closeup.


Wood Spirit Bill's "Wood Spirit" is made from Redwood driftwood and finished in acrylic gray wash.
6/5/2004 Click on image for closeup.


Bill made these two clocks from walnut.
5/6/2004 Click on image for closeup.


Cat The cat is solid walnut and is sleeping on a pillow of alder.
5/6/2004 Click on image for closeup.


Sea Birds The seabird and pelican are made from driftwood and walnut.
5/6/2004 Click on image for closeup.


Occasional Table made from Walnut hardwood and Birch plywood over a Poplar frame. There is a flush-mounted door and drawer on each end. Finished with Special Walnut stain and semi-gloss Varathane.
4/5/2004 Click on image for closeup.


Shot glass Display Oak hardwood display case for son-in-law's shot glass collection. Glass door with brass piano hinge and brass catch. Finished with Golden Oak stain and semi-gloss Varathane.
4/3/2004 Click on image to see closeup.


Double-sink vanity with flush-mounted doors and a center drawer stack. Birch plywood, Walnut hardwood on a Poplar hardwood frame, finished with Special Walnut stain and semi-gloss Varathane. Custom-designed by Bill for his Master Bedroom. The second picture shows it installed on its base with a Corian top.
4/3/2004 Click on image for closeup.


Barracuda Natural driftwood with carved fins and black marble eye added. Mounted on an engraved walnut base. Both pieces finished with Special Walnut stain and high gloss Varathane.
4/1/2004 Click on image for closeup.


Rose Basswood carved rose, painted in acrylics, and mounted on driftwood which was finished with Special Walnut stain and high gloss Varathane. The rose was carved as three, nested sections.
4/1/2004 Click on image for closeup.


Wendy Desk Name Plate Engraved walnut desk nameplate. Name (Wendy) chiseled with a Ryobi reciprocating tool/V-bit. Background stippling applied with a Dremel tool/#2 round burr. Not shown here is the back side with its engraved roses and leaves. Finished with Special Walnut stain and Tung Oil.
4/1/2004 Click on image for closeup.

Kleenex Box
Kleenex Box Cover with walnut-veneered sides and solid walnut carving of Easter Island statue. Trim is commercially-available inlay strip. Finished with Special Walnut Stain and high gloss Varathane. 3/4/2004 Click on image to see closeup.

Morning Glories
Morning Glories Bill's first carving project. Morning Glories and Leaves carved from Tupelo, mounted on driftwood and painted in natural colors with acrylics. Base is solid walnut with Special Walnut Stain and high gloss Varathane.
3/4/2004 Click on image for closeup.

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The idea for these bird houses came from a small picture in a magazine.
10/13/2003 Click on image to see closeup.

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TP Multilevel Condo Bill designed, built and painted this designer piece to store spare rolls of t.p. in his daughter's powder room. Made of poplar, it has shelves to hold 5 individual rolls and a hinged door on the back. 6/20/2003 Click on image to see closeup.

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Bandsaw Box Art, Jewelry Boxes The three Maple boxes are called Tides, Whale Play and Tsunami. The Black Cherry w/ Maple Drawer Pulls box (at the left) and the Jarrah (from Western Australia) w/ Maple Drawer Pulls box (at the right) are called Cetacian Migration. The one on the right of the third set is Bill's unique design. Finishing on the Maple pieces began with Minwax Wood Conditioner. All pieces were finished with three coats of Minwax Tung Oil + two coats of Minwax Finishing Wax. Drawers are lined with peel and stick felt. These beautiful boxes are as much art as they are functional. Requires a 14" bandsaw (for the largest boxes) with cutting height of 6 ¼". Patterns are from the book "Building Beautiful Boxes With Your Bandsaw", by Lois Keener Ventura
6/20/2003 Click on image to see closeup.

Pine Birdhouse Bench

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Bill built and painted this decorative pine Birdhouse Bench using plans from Top Quality Woodcraft Products from their Winfield Collection. It is 31" wide x 14" deep x 42" tall. Donated to ChildHelp USA for their semi-annual charity auction. The second Birdhouse Bench was built for his daughter, Lynn.
5/21/2003 Click on image to see closeup.

Bandsawn bookends and other items.

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Bill made this collection of projects, including bandsawn oak "Pooh" bookends, a redwood shark, redwood deer and redwood whale pencil holder.
2/24/2003 Click on image to see closeup.

Stacking Footstools

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Bill made these footstools for a CVWA charity. They are given to schools who have challenged students, those whose legs are too short for a normal student desk.
2/24/2003 Click on image to see closeup.

Santa & Snowman Plate Holders

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Bill made these plate holders from plans obtained from the Cherry Tree catalog. The base and tray are oak hardwood. The painted parts are poplar hardwood. His daughter has a pair. Another pair, along with a very nice platter and some really fancy meringue cookies, was donated to a ChildHelp USA charity auction, where they sold for $200
2/24/2003 Click on image to see closeup.

Old Bag Dispenser

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Bill built this simple plastic grocery bag holder for the garage. Put the bags in the top and pull them out the bottom. Plans are available from the Meisel Hardware Specialties catalog.
2/24/2003 Click on image to see closeup.

James the Butler

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Bill had purchased an original James from The Bombay Company. He thought he'd try his hand at duplicating it and this is the result. The 3D head was created from several parts, individually cutout and sanded to shape. It is now in his son Scott's house.
2/24/2003 Click on image to see closeup.

Coin Banks

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Bill made these coin banks from poplar and painted them with acrylics. They consist of a Frog, a Ladybug and twin Beagles for his twin grandsons. Plans for the Beagles and Ladybug were obtained from the Meisel Hardware Specialties catalog. Bill designed the Frog bank.
2/24/2003 Click on image to see closeup.

Doll Cradles

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Bill designed and built these doll cradles for two neighborhood sisters.
2/24/2003 Click on image to see closeup.

Bandsaw Boxes

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Bill learned how to make these heart bandsaw boxes at CVWA. He has made and painted several for neighborhood children.
2/24/2003 Click on image to see closeup.

Heirloom Rocking Horse

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Bill made this solid ash rocking horse from plans obtained from the Cherry Tree catalog. It was created originally for his first two grandchildren. Bill attaches 1" x 3" brass plaques to the crosspieces with the full names and birth dates of each grandchild who rides the horse. The family tradition is that the rocking horse custody remains with the parents of the last grandchild born until he/she outgrows it. It is then passed on to the parents of the next child in line. As of 01/01/03, there were 5 brass plaques on the rocker. The intent is to keep this heirloom rocker moving down the family tree and it's sturdy enough to last hundreds of years.
2/24/2003 Click on image to see closeup.

Marble Tower

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Bill made this marble game, primarily from poplar, using plans obtained from the Meisel Hardware Specialties catalog. This project took two months to build, as several parts had to be re-made before they were acceptable. For example, the troughs at the top had to be custom cut to fit various angles on the tower, which continually increases in diameter from top to bottom. A key feature of this project is that, once primed, marbles are automatically fed, one at a time, into the trough. Ten marbles rolling over the course make plenty of noise and fascinate the grandchildren and neighborhood kids.
2/24/2003 Click on image to see closeup.

Penguin See Saw

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Bill built this toy from plans provided by our own Gene West, who had earlier brought one to Show & Tell. As it rocks back and forth, the arms and legs swing freely. A heavy oak counterweight is key to its functionality.
2/24/2003 Click on image to see closeup.

Toy Dog

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Bill made this toy dog for his granddaughter. It's a simple bandsaw project. Plans for 84 different "layered animals" can be found in The Winfield Collection catalog.
2/24/2003 Click on image to see closeup.

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Kneeler Assist Bill built this kneeler to fit a standard kneeling pad. The nice feature is that the 18" high sides provide a lot of assistance in getting old bones back up. (An improved version would have an arched support under the crosspiece, so it would be more stable on grass and dirt.)
2/22/2003 Click on image to see closeup.

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Oak Wall Clock
Bill built this smart Walford oak wall clock for his daughter, Lynn, from plans obtained from the Meisel Hardware Specialties catalog, Sealed, no stain, finished with semi-gloss Varathane.
2/22/2003 Click on image for closeup.

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Bill Gourlay designed and built these garage storage units for his son, Tracey, with a poplar frame, adjustable shelves and Luan plywood doors.
2/22/2003 Click on image for closeup.

Porch Railings

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Bill designed and built this 52' long redwood porch railing from porch dimensions provided over the telephone by his son, Bob. It's 52 ft. long and has two 90 degree turns. Bill built it in his own backyard, disassembled it in sections, and transported the completed work to his son's home in Long Beach, where, much to everyone's surprise, it fit perfectly, without alterations. Amazing.
2/22/2003 Click on image to see closeup.

Window Planter Box

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Bill designed and built this 7 ft. planter box for a neighbor from birch plywood and poplar hardwood. Drainage holes were drilled in the bottom. It's installed below the neighbor's second story window, complete with potted artificial flowers, which are replaced every 2 years. Painted Forest Green.
2/22/2003 Click on image to see closeup.

Birdhouses

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Bill designed and built several birdhouses for his backyard. The "church" has a round, simulated stained glass window painted on the back. Two octagonal birdhouses are shown, a one-story and a two-story. The cupola arches were routed with a 3/4" straight bit and the top finial is from an old lamp. The inner (green) octagon has the holes in it and the outer (white) octagon has arches. Bill made a jig to cut out the arches. The inner piece is partitioned. It slips inside the outer piece and may be removed for cleaning (if a bird ever takes up residence). There's about an 1/8" clearance all the way around. The one-story is about 15" high and the two-story about 24" high. These are real conversation pieces. The third picture is a collection of birdhouses and a feeder.
2/22/2003 Click on image to see closeup.

Utility Caddy

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Bill got this very practical idea from a TV show. It's a standard green aluminum (no rust) mailbox purchased at Home Depot, mounted on a 4 x 4 green wood post, to be set in the ground 18" deep. Bill painted the rosebuds and vines. This utility piece is intended for backyard use as a tool caddy, to hold garden tools and gloves. It was made for a Childhelp USA charity auction and sold for $200. Bill made a similar tool caddy for his own backyard and it is in daily use. Nice conversation piece, too.
2/22/2003 Click on image to see closeup.

Redwood Turtle

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Bill designed and built this fun backyard turtle for the grandkids to play on. It's about 30" long; the body is about 24" across; and it's about 15" tall. The back is constructed of rings, whose elements were biscuited together and bandsawn to shape. Then, the rings were glued and screwed together. Hexagons on the back were made with a Ryobi reciprocating tool.
2/22/2003 Click on image to see closeup.

Redwood Air Conditioner Surround

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Bill designed and built this piece to enclose an air conditioner compressor in his son Scott's backyard to make it more attractive and partially reduce the sound level. Mortise and tenon joints were used.
2/22/2003 Click on image to see closeup.

Redwood Planter Birds

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Bill designed these decorative redwood bandsaw birds, composed of two wings, a body and a 1/2" dowel (which will need to be replaced after several years). As you can see, they were a popular item and Bill made several in assembly line fashion.
2/22/2003 Click on image to see closeup.

Redwood Round Table

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Bill designed and built this redwood plant stand for the patio. The top was bandsawn using a homemade circle-cutting jig.
2/22/2003 Click on image to see closeup.

Redwood Seagull Sculpture

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Bill created this piece of sculpture on biscuited, redwood 2 x 6's using a Ryobi reciprocating tool. It is mounted on his backyard fence.
2/22/2003 Click on image to see closeup.

Redwood Post People

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Bill built and painted these "post people" using plans obtained from the Meisel Hardware Specialties catalog. There's a nautical group and a Christmas group. Notice that the Pirate has a parrot on his shoulder and the old Fisherman in the yellow slicker has a pipe in his mouth. Parts were cut on the bandsaw. Antlers on the reindeer are just twigs. The old Fisherman has been sold. The others remain in protective family custody.
2/22/2003 Click on image to see closeup.

Merry Christmas Reindeer

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Bill built this piece from plans and parts obtained from a catalog. The red bulb noses flash. Bill added casters to the bottom to make it easier to move around.
2/22/2003 Click on image to see closeup.

Santa, Sleigh & Reindeer

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Bill built this three dimensional outdoor display of Santa in his sleigh, pulled by 3 Reindeer climbing toward the sky, from plans obtained from The Winfield Collection catalog. The 3D is what makes it interesting. The reindeer are mounted on aluminum conduit and the reindeer hips and legs may be disassembled for storage. The spring-loaded snap-on, snap-off joints make it easy. (Bill keeps a smaller scale model of the joints in his workshop as a sample.) When fully assembled on the lawn as shown, it is about 32 ft. long. To raise the plywood sleigh off the wet grass, it is always set on redwood 2 x 4's.
2/22/2003 Click on image to see closeup.

Barbecue Storage Cart

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Bill Gourlay built this rustic pine storage cart to a neighbor's specifications. It was finished by the neighbor and purposely made to look weathered. The top working surface is hinged and opens for storage of barbecue and/or garden tools.
2/21/2003 Click on image to see closeup.

Decorative Green Table

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Bill designed, built and painted the flowers on this decorator item. Made from birch plywood and poplar.
2/21/2003 Click on image to see closeup.

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Bill designed and developed this four piece oak bedroom set for his daughter, Lynn. It is made of oak and oak plywood.
8/27/2002 Click on image for closeup.

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Chest of Drawers
A large chest of drawers as shown at the left. Behind the door in the large chest are shelves for sweater storage. It has a solid brass door catch.
8/27/2002 Click on image for closeup.

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Two Night Tables
All four pieces are finished with two coats of Minwax Sanding Sealer and two coats of Satin Varathane.
8/27/2002 Click on image for closeup.

Bar Setup

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Bill designed this bar setup for his son, Tracey. It was made from solid oak and oak plywood. The 6" wide molding around the top (obtained from Conejo Hardwoods) fits the elbows nicely. It consists of a back bar, which was built inside a closet, and a standalone 6 ft. standup bar which sits about 3 feet in front of the back bar. The back bar has a dry sink set into a 3/4" solid oak patterned counter top. Stemmed glasses hang from the support installed above. Side panels are solid oak and oak plywood. The mirror completes the topside. Below the bull-nosed counter top are three drawers and three raised panel doors. Note the framed hole in the wall for the TV (on a hidden closet shelf). The working surface of the bar is solid oak. Behind/below the bar is a 2 cubic ft. refrigerator, a utility drawer, a drawer for wine bottles, and a shelved storage area with a flat panel door.
8/27/2002 Click on image for closeup.

Backgammon Table

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To complement this setup, Bill made an oak backgammon table, with an inlaid veneer game board (purchased from Constantine), surrounded by 1/8" inlaid brass. It has a drawer for holding the game pieces. The legs are tapered on the inside faces.
8/27/2002 Click on image for closeup.

Bill's Office Furniture for his son's office

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Computer Desk
Bill designed an office layout for his son's office to match one seen in a model home. This oak desk (30" high x 36" wide x 72" long) is Part 1 of the project
8/27/2002 Click on image for closeup.

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It features a keyboard tray that stows, pulls out, adjusts in height and swivels 360 degrees. The left end of the desk butts against a wall. The picture to the left shows the keyboard tray in operating position and the enclosure for the computer.
8/27/2002 Click on image for closeup.

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He designed and built this oak wall unit as Part 2 of the project to create an office system based on a model home design for his son.
8/27/2002 Click on image for closeup.

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The unit is 12" deep x 41" high x 96" long and it hangs on a wall above the desk built in Part 1. This heavy unit is hung on the wall with a six ft. long overlapping aluminum bracket, using stainless steel screws for sheer strength.
8/27/2002 Click on image for closeup.

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Credenza
Bill designed and built this seven-foot oak hardwood and plywood credenza (16"deep x 30"high) as the third part of his son Bob's office. As in most large pieces of furniture he builds, Bill made extensive use of biscuit joinery. The ends of this piece are recessed, flat panels. There are 4 drawers with 100% full extension slides and 4 recessed, flat panel doors with spring-loaded hinges.
8/27/2002 Click on image for closeup.

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Inside each cabinet are adjustable shelves. Originally sanded down to 220 grit, it was finished with two coats of Minwax Sanding Sealer, sanded with 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper between coats. Then, 3 coats of semi-gloss Varathane were applied, scuff-sanding with 1500 grit wet/dry sandpaper between coats. Finally, it was polished with Minwax Finishing Wax.
8/27/2002 Click on image for closeup.

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The last picture shows the office floor plan Not shown is the solid oak bridge (16" x 38") that connects the credenza and desk, forming a U-shaped unit. The edges of the bridge were routed as a mirror image of the edges on the desk and credenza to make a flush fit, and it is screwed to the wall studs for primary support, using 2" screws and large fender washers.
8/27/2002 Click on image for closeup.

Headboard plus a Before and After Chest

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For this bedroom project, Bill created a queen size oak headboard and remodeled two large white mahogany chests and two matching night tables for his son. The "before and after" photos of one chest are shown at the left. The well-built mahogany set was the elder Gourlay's very first bedroom set. It was stripped and veneered with 1/8" thick oak. New drawer pulls were installed. All of the pieces were sealed and finished with satin Varathane.
8/27/2002 Click on image for closeup.

Desk

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Bill designed and built this student desk for his granddaughter, Bailey, using poplar and birch plywood. He painted flowers on the drawer front and smaller ones at the corners of the desktop. The finish is semi-gloss Varathane.
8/27/2002 Click on image for closeup.

Storage Cabinet

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The storage cabinet has shelves for school supplies and writing supplies. It has an oak plywood carcase with a solid oak faceframe. The door was acquired from a builder's surplus, already assembled, and free. Again, the finish is semi-glossVarathane.
8/27/2002 Click on image for closeup.

Oak Bathroom Furniture

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Bill designed and built two of these oak bathroom vanities and the oak shoe storage bench for his son, Tracey. The large drawer at the bottom of the vanities accommodates an ample supply of t.p. rolls. The bench includes full extension drawer slides and is a convenient place to sit while changing shoes. As in all of Bill's projects where oak plywood and oak hardwood are joined, biscuit joinery was used extensively.
8/27/2002 Click on image for closeup.

Bookcases

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Bill designed and built these 4' wide bookcases for opposite corners of his family room. Faceframe rails and stiles have a routed beaded edge. Then, Bill installed custom crown molding. Before installing the molding, he nailed some 1 x 2 pine furring strips on the walls next to the ceiling. This provided a nailing bed for the crown molding, such that it could be nailed (with a nail gun) at an angle through the thicker center part of the molding. It also kept the molding from splitting. Tip: prime and paint crown molding before you put it up. It's lots less work and a simple touchup is all that's needed. Crown molding installation is a two person job, and Bill was ably assisted in installing it throughout the house by his wife, Jean.
8/27/2002 Click on image for closeup.

Fireplace Mantel

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Bill designed and built this poplar fireplace mantel for a neighbor's daughter. (The board at the bottom of the legs is just a temporary brace for transporting it.)
8/27/2002 Click on image for closeup.

Desk

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This 400 hour project was designed by Bill. It is 59" wide, 44" tall and 16" deep. It can be disassembled into 3 major parts. There are 11 drawers, including the pencil drawer below the drop front, which has no drawer pull. The antique replica drawer pulls were special-ordered from the DoIt Center. Each pedestal includes a lockable file drawer. All drawers have steel ball bearing slides with 100% full-extension. The unit was sealed and stained with MinWax Golden Oak stain, followed by 3 coats of Varathane. Finally, I waxed it with Minwax Finish Wax.
8/27/2002 Click on image for closeup.

Knockdown Display Units

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Bill Gourlay designed and built 6 of these unique poplar "window covering display units" for a commercial client for shipment to showrooms around the state. There are 6 display windows in each triangular unit and 3 full-swivel casters on each. Modular units are joined with threaded brass inserts and machine screws. When knocked down, they are easily packaged in custom cardboard containers for shipment. Bill provided detailed Assembly and Disassembly Instructions (text and graphics), along with stubby screwdrivers with each unit. Two units are shown here.
8/27/2002 Click on image for closeup.

Entertainment Center

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Bill recreated a model home feature in this beautiful entertainment center. It was made from poplar with birch plywood raised door panels and melamine shelves. Primed and painted in semigloss white. The TV is on a track that allows it to pull out and swivel. Hardest part was taking detailed measurements at my daughter's new home and building it off site in modular units. The builder wanted $1500 for it. Bill created it for about $350.
8/27/2002 Click on image for closeup.

Entertainment Center - Mirror Frame - Fireplace Mantel

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Bill designed and built these three oak pieces in 2000 for the family room in a son's new house: Entertainment Center (custom-built to fit an existing 4' x 8' alcove); Mirror and Frame (rails and stiles are 1" x 4" red oak, 54" square); and the Fireplace Mantel (approx. 8" deep x 12" high x 6 ft. long). It took 2 extension ladders and 2 people to mount the heavy mirror, with overlapping aluminum tracks.
8/27/2002 Click on image for closeup.

Music Studio

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The client had a need for custom-designed furniture for her studio, where she composes and arranges music. The design requirement included a desk to bridge two existing end tables, to support an electronic keyboard, and a cinema display table to support two large 23" cinema displays. The bridge was made from walnut, poplar and birch plywood and has a pullout at the front and the back. The display table is solid walnut with a tung oil and waxed finish. These two units are shown separately. Then, the working unit is shown from the rear and from the front.
8/27/2002 Click on image for closeup.

Computer Room Furniture

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Bill's son had a need for home office computer room furniture and provided general specs for two oak desks, a table, a closet shelf cabinet and a TV wall mount. One simple desk was made for the closet, whose doors were removed. All of the furniture had to be of a knockdown design. (The two file cabinets under the tapered-leg table were purchased previously.) If you click on the small image, you will see other elements.
8/27/2002 Click on image for closeup.