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Karl Brogger

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Thought this would make a good introduction.

I'm 28. Been a cabinetmaker for the past eleven years. Started on my own in 2004, and have been struggling through a very poor housing market since.





























 
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Rob Keeble

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Hi and Welcome to the family Karl. Nice shop you have there all kitted out. Thanks for sharing you find we like pictures here. Hope you enjoy your stay. See you have one of them spinny things there a lot of guys here that will want to see you use that or see what you have done on it.:D
 

Karl Brogger

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Half the time I don't remember to take pictures, or bring a camera to a job site.

Here some of my favorites though









Just made the treads here. The stair case was all steel otherwise











This is just box I whipped up with some scraps laying around the shop. I messed up 6 drawers, and they had been sitting around the shop for the better part of a year.











Fluted column for the some of the metal post's in a basement. "Great Stuff" expanding foam works awesome for getting these to stay in place when you have nothing to attach them to.



























 

Tony Baideme

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I don't know, but I think you guys might agree. With a little more practice, and some experience, this young whipper-snapper might could become a good cabinet maker, don't you think, Larry? :rofl::rofl::rofl:

Seriously Karl, You do some impressive work. Looks like we have another Tod here with us. :thumb:

Welcome to the family. :wave:

Aloha, Tony
 

Karl Brogger

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Welcome, Karl!

That is some fine work, but this one of the exhaust hood I find a bit odd... Seems like a strange bit of empty space there on either side of the exhaust hood...
meh... I like them to be tapered or curved on more than one plane. Gives more depth to them. On the flip side, they're a total pain in the rear to deal with coping the angles, and mitreing the goofy angles. In this case there was supposed to be a stainless chute that ran to the ceiling to conceal the ductwork, but the tinner put the vent in the wrong spot in the cieling, and the pre-made unit would not work. Typically when I do a wood hood, it covers the whole thing. This was a mix n' match deal to get everything to work. What nobody seems to catch is how I screwed up and made it an inch too tall! The reveal on the front edge at the top panel just doesn't look right. By the time I caught it the tile guy had already done the backsplash and I was hosed. Talked to the home owner about it, and gave him a deal on it, so it was put in.

Larry- I have no clue what brand finish is used. I hire out all of my finishing. Its a catalized laquer of some variation. I found a guy who got his start in finishing doing grand piano's. His main gig is furniture restoration. He's bloody expensive, but I have yet to find anyone who can do what he does nearly as well.

For Bob. The bed, the nightstand, and the armoire are all things I made for myself. I bought my first house, (late 2007, just after my best year, and just before housing really fell apart), and discovered I owned almost no furniture.






The caps for the posts were the scariest thing I've ever done on a tablesaw. I don't remember how big they are, but they're about 8x8, and I cut that bevel with the blade all the way up, and canted a few degrees. Did not enjoy it one bit.

(edit)- Theres three things I wish I would have done differently with the bed. (1)The laminated arch should be inverted. Not long after I moved it in I was ironically enough laying in bed watching TV when an ad for a furniture store came on and there was an brief picture with a bed that had an arch at the foot going the other way. Looked awesome. (2)I wish I would've made a beaded panel for the back of the head board. Would've looked much nicer, the last one I made was like that. (3) Should've made the headboard a bit taller, or at least the deck a bit taller. My pillows end up in there far too often.



Thanks for all the positive comments guys!
 
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Vaughn McMillan

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Man, you don't mess around, Karl. :p Nice shop and superb work. I really like the bed, but there are a lot of other exceptional pieces of work among those photos.

Welcome aboard and thanks for the pics. :thumb:
 

Bob Gibson

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I like the arch on the bed, but if it was on my bed it would take my grandkids about 2 minutes to realize that they could use it as a springboard and launch themselves across the room :rofl::rofl:
Beautiful work Karl:thumb:
 

Ned Bulken

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(edit)- Theres three things I wish I would have done differently with the bed. (1)The laminated arch should be inverted. Not long after I moved it in I was ironically enough laying in bed watching TV when an ad for a furniture store came on and there was an brief picture with a bed that had an arch at the foot going the other way. Looked awesome. (2)I wish I would've made a beaded panel for the back of the head board. Would've looked much nicer, the last one I made was like that. (3) Should've made the headboard a bit taller, or at least the deck a bit taller. My pillows end up in there far too often.


Thanks for all the positive comments guys!
Karl,
valuable tip on the headboard, I'm going to build my own bed (again) one of these days, and while that sort of open feel is nice, I think I'll make mine a bit more solid up to about a foot or so, then put the opening.

and as for the up vs down arch at the foot. you're missing the obvious design opportunity... now you need a taller support for the TV! I used to have a tv in my bedroom and it lived on top of a highboy, solved that problem in a hurry!
 
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