Thursday, December 27, 2007

Ep14 Carlo Mollino 05

Well Carlo has us in amongst his work and it is wonderful. This episode the 5th in the building of a Carlo Mollino Coffe Table is loaded with different approachs to woodworking. It will open and fill-up your furniture designer's tool box.

I am hoping that as you watch you will see new options that you can use in your own work. An approach to clamping, using a router on curves more efficiently, and understanding that you must look for curviture.

It's been a while so enjoy and savor some new woodworking options!!!!!!!

Formats available: Quicktime (.mov)

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Curves have to be Square

Well I've recieved some e-mails and a heads-up on a post over at, so I thought it best to fill us in on where we are with Carlo's table.

We're moving along quite well. Of course video will surely follow.

Although I wish I could, I cannot work exclusively on our Mollino and it's a piece that has an exceptional story.

When Gigi and I have completed this next step, you will find that like Carlo, this piece takes you out of your woodworkers comfort zone and demands you be a "mechanic". This is a very important aspect to this build; a topic rarely discussed and one we cannot leave out.

As we discussed Carlo Mollino earlier in our episodes, this build is not about experimenting, but experiencing, and I am having a blast building this piece. The lines that emerge and the site lines that are created are sinuously beautiful. Carlo's table is not your father's Oldsmobile.

There are many ways which I have mentioned in video that this build could be completed, but to me its a 1957 Cadillac convertible, long in chrome.
I'm not going anywhere and to quote Fred Astaire, "It takes time to create something memorable".
So sharpen all your hand tools, there's shaping to be done.
Meet you at the saw........Neil

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Ep13 Carlo Mollino 03

Furniture design can take the form of many different shapes. In episode four of our Carlo Mollino inspired coffee table, we find....our...shape.

From a picture to full scale drawering, to the construction of our bending form, you'll see our bending ply take a shape Carlo Mollino would be proud of. One of Birds-eye maple the other of Plum Pudding Mahogany.

Enjoy and let me know what you think!!!!

Carlo would.

Formats available: Quicktime (.mov)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Ep 12 Carlo Mollino Design 03

In this the third installment on a furniture design inspired by Carlo Mollino, we prep our bending ply, build our bending form, and construct a fixture for a machine operation, specific to the router.

This woodworking podcast presents alot of woodworking material, you'll witness how traditional woodworking meets contemporary materials.

The episode expressed an opinion on how a furniture design is mentally pushed forward by always having a prepared solution.

This Carlo Mollino video continues to encourage and push the Basement Garage woodworker to explore furniture design.


Formats available: Quicktime (.mov)

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Ep 11 a Carlo Mollino Design 02

Here's our second episode on the Carlo Mollino inspired coffee table. Our homage to the charismatic Italian Architect and Designer from Turin Italy.

We start with a snap of furniture history and begin to develope the atmosphere that Carlo was trained in and worked arounded.

Construction engineering is dealt with in this Mollino furniture design and a present day solution is found. Our bending form template is completed and we press our 2-ply, the answer to our construction issue.

This Carlo Mollino form just gets more exciting.


Saturday, September 22, 2007

Ep 10 Carlo Mollino 01

So welcome to the world of Carlo. Carlo Mollino that is. This is the first Episode of interpretting a glass top coffee table, inspired by Italian Designer Carlo Mollino.

It's a bent plywood piece that we'll produce with a finished surface of Bird-eye Maple and maple trim.

Furniture design moves forward and stalls then forward again only to stall, Carlo Mollino was a Furniture Designer always in forward position.

Come along for the ride as we investigate the life and interprret one of his famous pieces. It's a complex build but Carlo wouldn't have it any other way.

So hop in the Bisiluro and lets go!!!!!

Formats available: Quicktime (.mov)

Monday, September 10, 2007

Ep 9 - Lingerie Finale

Well we've come to the end of the Contemporary Lingerie Cabinet.

In this Episode we evaluate the entire finished case, we revisit some of the important design elements, discuss how important they are in the final appearance of the Quarter Sawn Ash Lingerie Cabinet, and answer some e-mail questions.

This is a Modern piece of furniture done with a minimalist approach so there is nowhere to hide poor craftsmanship. The cabinet is a very, very good build.

Enjoy and look forward to our next project as we investigate Italian designer Carlo Mollino.


Monday, August 27, 2007

John Niero - ICFF

Here's an excellent interview with a young furniture designer showing at the 2007 International Contemporary Furniture Fair.

The interview presents a very creative designer who plans on using the process of Rotational molding, which exposes us to a second manufacturing process available to furniture designers.

Our Contemporary Lingerie Cabinet is complete and you'll get your first look at here. The build had an excellent end result and needs its own post.

I'm back from vacation, a nice bareboat cruise through the Pacific Northwest, summer is ending and it time for a new peoject.

Enjoy this interview and look for the Lingerie finale and the start of a new project.


Wednesday, July 18, 2007

WOOD Magazine Featured Project

The cradle you see on the cover of the September 2007 issue of WOOD Magazine is my winning design from WOOD Magazine's  Build-a-Gift Contest.

Kevin Boyle and the editors at WOOD did a fabulous job. The magazine write-up is excellent, complete with full scale templates. A slide show produced by the editors is also availble for viewing, at the WOOD web-site.

The video we've produced here, goes through the design progression that lead to being the featurer project. As you continue to build, you will find you have designs at the ready.

Enjoy and please share in my excitement.


Formats available: Quicktime (.mov)

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Lingerie Cabinet Ep08 - Final Finishing

Back to our Contemporary Lingerie Cabinet and Webisode08. Here we've disassembled the case, labeled parts, final sanded and final finished to match our Finish Sample from Episode07.

It's a well executed episode that turns sample finiahing into reality.


Formats available: Quicktime (.mov)

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Karn, Me and D.J. DePree

As most follow and look to Sam Maloof, James Krenov, or Nakashima for their readings and inspiration, I look to the ground breaking furniture manufacturer, DJ DePree who lives on through the firm he created; Herman Miller.

I'm very excited to present this interview with Karn Adams a Retail Development Specialist at Herman Miller and hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I did.

D.J. DePree is our greatest furniture manufacturer.

Enjoy the history and answers that Karn so wonderfully provides.


Formats available: Quicktime (.mov)

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

ICFF - Aimee Less Interview02

Aimee less is a designer living in California. Her interview provides nuggets of information on design thought specific to her shell chair...The Derby.

Enjoy this interview on seating from the International Contemporary Furniture Fair.


Thursday, June 7, 2007

LumberJocks - Thorsen Challenge Entry

Here's our entry in LumberJocks Thorsen Side table Challenge.
I know we were going to build it together but my time and the challenge deadline forced me to just go for it.
The objective of selecting this challenge at the Lumberjocks forum however, still remains the same..... to see other woodworkers work!!! You will witness that as I expected, excellent CREATIVITY occurred.
So now is the time to wonder over to Lumberjocks and have a look at the craftsmanship of fellow on-line woodworkers.

GO TO: LumberJocks

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

ICFF - L. Mackler Interview01

This is the first interview from the 2007 International Contemporary Furniture Fair held in NYC.

The interview begins with a short introduction and feel for the ICFF, how and why I selected Laurence Mackler, the interview, followed by a short encapsulation.




Sunday, May 27, 2007

International Contemporary Furniture Fair -ICFF 01

On May 19th and 20th, 2007, Gigi and I covered the International Contemporary Furniture Fair also know as the "ICFF".

Thanks to Kara Tobin of Tobin and Tucker; our access to exhibiting designers provided for exceptional information that all of us can think on.

Hopefully with each of the following episodes, I will get you the feel of this prestigious show.

I selected exhibiting designers that I fealt had something to offer. My judgement proved itself when I learned "HIDA" won the Craftsmanship award. I probably have the only interview. It is in Japanese and is in the process of being translated.

Enjoy this opening taste as I prepare our interviews for posting.Â

Formats available: Quicktime (.mov)

Friday, May 18, 2007

Lingerie Cabinet - Finish Samples and Drawers Episode 7

Back again for another webisode of Building a Contemporary Lingerie Cabinet.

Of course we start with taking care of the buisness of woodworking then proceed to make color samples for the finish on our piece. We'll go through the process of finding a finish we like, beginning with shellac, and even enter the realm of testing for a custom finish.

From Finish Samples we move to edging the drawers, where we'll address design elements and wood selection that will aid in finishing efficiencies.

The case takes a life on this webisode......ENJOY!!!!!


Formats available: Quicktime (.mov)

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Lingerie Cabinet - Veneering Faces Episode 6 Part 2

Webisode 6 continues to completion in this, Part 2 of Veneering Faces.

We start by cutting the veneer backer and end with a loaded vacuum veneer press.

Our Contemporary Lingerie Cabinet is beginning to enter the final stages of construction. It won't be long until finishing.

Alot of information between both parts, soak it up.....and ENJOY!

Formats available: Quicktime (.mov)

Lingerie Cabinet - Veneering Faces Episode 6 Part 1

Here in Webisode 6 we get a solid introduction to Vacuum Press veneering.

Episode 6 is done in 2 parts.

Part 1 starts at the veneer press and concludes with the Quarter Sawn Ash drawer face cut, jointed, and taped for final fitting.

This modern lingerie cabinet demands a good eye for design elements and of course they are center in our continued discussion.

It's a solid learning vehicle, full of information that should take some mystery out of veneering..........ENJOY!!!!

Formats available: Quicktime (.mov)

Friday, April 6, 2007

Lingerie Cabinet - Drawer Building Episode 5

Here in Webisode 5 of Building a Contemporary Lingerie Cabinet, we layout, machine and assemble our cabinet drawers.

Of course, design elements and shop efficienciesare forefront.

Our cabinet keeps moving closer to completion......ENJOY!!!!!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Lingerie Cabinet - Skirt Feet and Top Episode 4

We find ourselves in Webisode 4 of Building a Contemporary Lingerie Cabinet, machining parts to attach our polished aluminium feet, properly skirting the cabinet base for higher quality, cutting our Back Panel and edge banding our quarter sawn ash top.

We'll prove our square cabinet glue-up and further test our glue-up skills when edge banding our top.

It's an intense episode. Enjoy!!!!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Lingerie Cabinet: Dry Fit then Glue - Episode 3

In this the third Webisode of "Building a Contemporary Lingerie Cabinet", we'll start by addressing our building "QUALITY" and how we should be aware of, and use, "Design Elements". Followed by a quick demonstartion on rounding our tenons, we then dry fit our parts and Glue-up our case.

We'll find our elusive "Square" carcase and leave the hardest part behind.

After this webisode, it's all about the "dressing".

Monday, March 5, 2007

Building the Ash Lingerie Cabinet - Episode 2

In the second webisode, we create a visual with a dry clamped mock-up of all machined parts to date.

Starting with the clean-up of the edge-banding, we then machine the end panels, bottom, mortices, rail tenons, and dry assemble complete with legs, our Contemporary Lingerie Cabinet.

The piece begins to take shape!!!


Thursday, February 22, 2007

Building a Contemporary Lingerie Cabinet

The first installment in the Design and Construction of a Lingerie Cabinet.

Dimensional Sketch below.

Contemporary design elements, the likes of quarter sawn ash veneer, ebony drawer pulls with a polished chrome highlight and complimentary polished aluminium feet, make this build unlike others.

Webisode 1 will expose you to the thought of mixing the medium, panel glue-up and machining of edge banding.

The Ash Lingerie Cabinet project will expose you to a building style that will open up your future woodworking experience.

DIMENSIONAL SKETCH - 6 Drawer Lingerie Chest

Here is a dimensional sketch of the Contemporary Lingerie Chest.

Webisode 1 is directly above.


Thursday, February 15, 2007

a Nice Start!!!!

Well we're off to a good start.
We've gotten excellent feedback. Subscribers have begun to show up.
And we got a comment from Matt Berger the online editor over at
Fine in the First Blog post. He mentioned we'll be linked to his site. That's very good.
All in all...............a nice way to begin...........more on the way.


Tuesday, February 13, 2007

more than just a Valentines Day gift!!!!

Take a look and see the steps to spindle turning a vase for Valentine's Day. No matter what the occasion, this is a gift fit for all..... Just change the flowers!!!!!

Furnitology and me Introduction

Hello and welcome.........this video is intended to introduce myself and to establish the substance of my woodworking history. Enjoy, leave a comment about DJ DePree, and subscribe, I will do my best to provide you with a solid woodworking experience.

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

First Blog Post

Hello woodworkers and those interested in woodworking, Furnitology Productions' educational blog starts today!!!!

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