John Stout's Projects
John Stout


John made 2 Dovetailed Trays for the 2x4 Challenge.
John made 2 Dovetailed Trays for the 2x4 Challenge.
Dec. 2008.


A new front door with his signature sun burst pattern.
A new front door with his signature sun burst pattern. Nov & Dec. 2007.

A beautiful side table. Dec. 2006.

Walnut Headboard with redwood slab accent in middle.
Walnut Headboard with redwood slab accent in middle. Dec. 2005.



Dec. 2005 Japanese Oak Remade Table.
Dec. 2004 Another of his beautiful jewelry box creations.
March 2003 The box top is a relief carved sunburst representing perhaps 80,000 sunny days. Inlaid at the focus of the sunburst is the ubiquitous California native, the hummingbird. Apart from the Oak, other woods used come from around the globe (walnut, birch, cocobolo, and ebony); representing the geographic roots of many of the present population. The ebony upper perimeter molding was shaped using a router, and the metal hardware is mostly solid brass. A padded tung oil/urethane finish on both external and internal surfaces preserves the natural color of all the woods used.
Dec. 2002 This is a beautiful budsidan which is a Buhdist shrine or prayer cabinet in which the Gahonsan (prayer scroll) is hung for safekeeping, and which is also used as an altar during the chant. The "budsidan" is made from "guanacaste". This is a Phil.mahog like wood more commonly called monkey pod or raintree. It comes from Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico.
Dec. 2000 Glass Topped Walnut/Cocobolo Coffee Table. Construction is in American black walnut with African ebony stringing and cocobolo crossbanding on the inner edges of the top surface frame and on the lower edges of the skirt. Cabriole (queen Anne) legs are Louis IV style, mortised to the skirt. Skirt is serpentine in planform, made by re-gluing resawn 4/4 boards in a serpentine form pressblock (Jig). Finish is the same system as the jewelry box.

Glass top and its walnut frame follow the same planform as the serpentine skirt. Glass is 1/4 inch plate glass cut to form using a wet diamond tile saw, and hand polishing the edges with an Arkansas oilstone (which I've owned since 1964).
04 And here's a beautiful Queen Anne style table.
03 A beautiful Queen Anne style TV cabinet.
02 The basic box is constructed from Honduras rosewood, using half blind dovetails cut on a PC 7000 Omnijig. The top is strongly domed, and the sides are a simple ogee shape. All cuts, both concave and convex, were done on the table saw and sanded using profiled sanding blocks.

Top and bottom edges are strung with African ebony, and overlaid with black lace (dressmaker's seam binding with the self edges trimmed away). A commercially available rose or humming bird is inlaid off-center. External finish is cellulose lacquer (about 30 coats) which is cut with #2000 grit wet/dry SiC paper and buffed to a high gloss.

Three interior storage trays are cut from American black walnut with Honduras rosewood dividers. Internal surfaces are lined with velvet, and all metal trim (hinges, lock etc) is polished brass by Brusso.
01 John Stout's western and eastern walnut cabinet. It has glass shelves, beveled glass in the doors and about 50 coats of laquer for a stunning finish.



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