Guild of Oregon Woodworkers

7634 SW 34th Avenue Portland, OR 97219
Bob Oswald W7TCR
Business Name: Bob's Woodshop
Location: Gaston, Oregon
Phone: 503-985-7137

A lifetime of do-it-yourself experience supplemented with nearly two decades of dedicated furniture building, learning by making sawdust is my best style.  The lights are on in the studio at least a couple of hours every day.

Most pieces are original design.  The violin, was built to the specifications of a Stradivarius.

  This little "Radio Cabinet" was built to collect all the accessories that seem necessary in ham radio.  The knobs are a collection of parts from the Gizmo electronics store in Hillsboro, Oregon. 2016
   Maple burl hall table.  Inspired during a table making class by Bill Bolstad, it's an original creation.  It has won a number of ribbons in art shows.

It has been my reference for many future tables

Maple burl top with Peruvian Walnut legs and aprons are accented with Maple burl plugs. 2004

Cherry Bedroom Set
 The project began with a thumbnail magazine photograph, a carpet ad with a bed.  Duplicating the design was a challenge that produced numerous learning opportunities.  Headboard and nightstands have LED lighting.  The nightstands and dresser were designed to carry the arch and complement the bed. All Cherry with varnish & lacquer finish.  2008

The Living Room

Nearly the entire living room has been replaced with custom furniture.  We enjoy a glass of wine in the evening, admiring the beauty of Black Walnut.  It's especially beautiful in the golden rays of the setting sun.

Two end tables with a brass inlay and smoked glass inserts top and bottom  accent are a dramatic presentation.  2006

Bow front sofa table.  Full extension wooden slides were a challenge to make function smoothly.  It was also an exercise in bent lamination.  Black Walnut.   2007
Thirty days to complete, this cabinet has a large amount of "gingerbread" trim that gives it a stunning appearance. Inspired from a china cabinet built for us forty years ago, it surpasses even the beauty of that one. Variable LED lighting makes a perfect night time presentation.

Called "The Mouse House", it's the home for a collection of little ceramic creatures called "Wee Forest Folk"

Black Walnut, glass shelves, varnish finish. 2009

I love this design.  Looking for a different look, the angled-back drawers on the sides came to me.  Difficult to build, they are perfect.  The smoked glass and self closing drawers are a perfect fit to the live edge Black Walnut top.  It's a gentle piece. 2015 
  This curio cabinet was replaced by the one above.  It has a new mission in life as a display for my musical instruments, including the new violin shown below. ~2000

Odds and Ends

  Backgammon goes back to the Egyptians.  It took me fifty years and the internet to decide to learn how to play.  Fun game!
Very challenging getting the points and background with zero gap. 

Curly maple field, Cherry and Black Walnut points.  Holly and Ebony pieces.  Black Walnut frame.  A fine piece of work if I do say so
.   2017
   Nine months in creation, it was finished January 2013.  This photo "in the white", it looks hand made.  Now finished, and beautiful, it looks like any other violin. It plays beautifully. 

A lot of worries affecting sound during construction were put to rest with the first draw of the bow.  Curly maple, spruce and ebony.
 It's just a picture frame.  But it embodies the majesty of the tall ships in the bold border of Black Walnut, inlaid with brass, so prevalent in all ships and especially the tall ships. 2006
A simple project, modified from a magazine weekend project, this printer stand is so practical.  Paper, ink and a variety of forms are now all at hand.  It makes much better use of valuable desk space.  I've built several and each one is fun.  Cherry

Replicating a Gerstner style tool chest was a delightful challenge.  It's made from a single board, stunning in appearance.  Some unknown exotic wood that came from a discard pile. ~2004
The old fashioned wooden bucket was built for a customer.  It was imperative that a copy stayed at home.  Surprisingly easy to build once you conquer the form, the iron rings, a little blacksmithing job, make it perfect.  But you must keep it wet!  

Red Oak and iron.

 A 1900's quarter scale farm wagon. Every part is made from scratch, including all the iron fittings.  It was a great exercise, including learning blacksmithing skills.  The detail is incredible and it's a favorite piece.  It makes a perfect potato chip holder at a backyard barbecue.  

I am very prouc of the scale and realism created here.

Ash and iron. 2010

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