Larry Ciesla Woodworking

woodworking projects

I've made an in-depth video showing how I build circular frames.  This is a very in-depth video showing all the steps needed to pull off this rather complex project.  I share several interesting techniques including how to do joinery without using clamps, how to use your router to create circles, and many others.
This draw leaf table is a great way to store the leaves for an extension table at either end of the table.  When needed, they simply pull out and the top snaps into the correct orientation.
I created this large oval frame for a friend who is a stained glass artist.  He needed an oval frame to frame a piece of stained glass artwork.  This is the story of how to turn two straight boards into a perfect oval.

Legend has it that Thomas Jefferson designed this bookstand in 1810 and had one built out of Walnut.  Thomas Jefferson was a lifelong reader and learner who by 1814 had accumulated over 6000 books.  I built this replica as a gift for our pastor at the Community Presybeterian Church in Celebration Florida

A set of eight cherry dining room chairs with a basket-weave parquetry pattern in the chair-back.  This was my son Chris's project and he designed the basket weave pattern and figured out an innovative way to make it using packing tape.

Greene and Greene inspired entertainment center made from both solid mahogany and mahogany veneer.  I've broken this project into several web pages that focus on the design process, how to work with veneer, how to create the ebony accents, and a little bit about how to build the stained glass panels. 

I modeled the legs for the small rose table after an iconic design by Sam Maloof.

Here is a small table with Maloof-style legs I made with 10 marquetry roses. 
A friend who is a stained glass artist needed a circular frame for this eagle.  This article explains how to turn a straight board into a perfect circle.

I made this loft bed in the late fall of 2012 for my grandson Wyatt.  From a woodworking perspective, construction of this bed was straightforward.  What is interesting is the fact that there are 101 spindles combined on the headboard, footboard, and two safety rails.  The woodworking challenge was finding a way to precisely cut the 202 mortises needed for the spindles.  Look for a slideshow near the end of this page that describes the jig I built to cut the mortises.

This library bench was a commission I completed in the summer of 2011.  In this article I describe the process I used to create the bentwood lamination for the curved back rest of the bench.

Can a nine year old child do complex italian marquetry?  Check out what my very bright young granddaughter Corina was able to do!

In the summer of 2010 I made five of these glider rockers, one for myself and four for some very good friends of mine.  The rockers are all made from quartersawn white oak with a traditional Arts & Crafts style finish.  After you look at the project, you can read this article that describes how I achieved the finish.

My son Chris made this spectacular side table from Madrone Burl and walnut veneer.  Chris has been working with me in the shop for a few years and has become a great woodworker in his own right.  We both love working with veneer and this project challenged Chris's skill and added a great deal to his knowledge of the craft.

Here are a few photographs of another veneer project from my son Chris.  This is a cherry table made from curly cherry veneer that turned out to be spectacular.

One of the most satisfying things a woodworker can do is to make his own tools.  I've read Krenov's books where he discusses how a handplane, made by the maker, in his own hands is like a finely tuned musical instrument.  I'm not sure I've achieved that level quite yet, but this was an easy project that has yielded a lot of satisfaction.

The original top on this table was ruined by placing a flower pot on it and leaving it for several weeks.  The flower pot leaked water and the top was ruined to the point where there was no way to save it.  I was asked if I could build a new table top and match the color and highlighting of the old top.  I made a new top from cherry veneer and used dye and a lacquer toner technique to match the old top.

During the summer of 2009 my son and I produced four of these chessboard tables to be used as wedding gifts.  This is the second time I undertook a chessboard project, the first with my daughter Julie and this time with my son Chris.

This outdoor rocking chair was constructed using bentwood lamination for the curved backrests and the rockers.  I also included some marquetry pictures of two roses surrounding a butterfly in the top back rest and a vine with ivy in the bottom back rest.  This chair was a very advanced project combining a lot of the skills that I share in the project description.
This church bench was a joint project with my friend Glenn.  The bench is made from red oak and the panels are veneered birds eye maple.

My son and I built this mission style bed from quarter sawn oak.  The footboard marquetry is highlighted here.
Over a long weekend my seven year old triplett granddaughters and I completed three birdhouses and a Christmas manger.
Inspired by an identical project by "Norm" this English Garden Bench is one of the very few projects I've ever built from a commercial plan.  
This chessboard is made from wenge, curley maple, and walnut, this chess table was built by my daughter and I as a gift for her friend.
I built this treasure box as a wedding present for myson.  It was a very complex project that included a curved top veneered with fiddleback anegre veneer.  Check out the link tosee how I built it.
Another project for my son's wedding, this cedar wedding arbor presented some interesting woodworking challenges.
This TV stand is a veneer project and I made my own cherry plywood to build this corner TV stand.
This hall tree was a present for my oldest daughter.
I love to work with my grandchildren in the shop.  Here is a small double bevel marquetry project that my six year old grandaughter Corina and I worked on together.
Check out this set of four dining room chairs made from oak with oak leaves and acorn inlays.
This pair of dressers is a painted project where I achieved a furniture grade white finish.
Built from solid walnut, this fireplace and mantle makes a beautiful addition to a living room.
Designed to fit an existing entertainment center that was expanded to house a modern flat screen television, these doors were built to match existing doors in the cabinet.