Here's My Woodworking!
by Phil Rasmussen
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Having grown up on Danish Modern furniture, which is an offshoot of the Shaker style (so I'm told), I've come to enjoy the unadorned furniture of our American heritage. I recently had the opportunity to make a coffee display/curio table to fit into a living room with Mission style furniture in it.
I draw attention to the coffee table because it would display artifacts from the owner's past. I decided to use a lighter wood than the standard quarter-sawn oak found in Mission furniture. Also having a preference of using two contrasting woods in my furniture-making, I chose to make the table out of birds-eye maple and black walnut for accents.
I like to make mission and shaker style furniture with a twist. I usually use woods other than the traditional oaks for my projects and will usually use a primary hardwood and a secondary contrasting wood for highlights. For example maple with walnut. This approach has become a signature for my furniture making. In addition to furniture I also make home decor items and turn pens.
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