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Dan Alleger Custom Woodworking

7513 Leake Ave, New Orleans, United States
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For tons of photos and info, visit the website: http://www.danswoodworking.com  Timeline PhotosThis old buffet cabinet had been painted at least 6 different colors on top of the original black lacquer finish.  It required a lot of hours to get the wood in a condition that would accept a new color and finish.  Some updated hardware gave it a much more contemporary look.  Talk about heavy... there are steel bars running under it for strength.  I won't miss moving this around the workshop!  Thank goodness for the old Radio Flyer.This old trunk came in looking pretty rough.  The top was warped and separated, the interior was plastered with old paper, the lid to the interior compartment had a chunk missing, and the bottom was broken.  It's always hard to know how much is too much when going for a rustic look during restoration, but I think this maintains its charm without looking brand new.
Now it's on its way to becoming a coffee table.These look like normal rush seats, but they are not.  Normally this pattern is created by weaving one continuous strand around the frame.  These required 4 strands to be woven at the same time - two going up and down, and two going side to side.  The end result looks similar, but it ends up being a greater challenge!  The new rush is much stronger and will last much longer.I get to deliver this beauty this morning, just in time for Thanksgiving dinner.  I ended up reworking all the joints on this as it had tiny little tenons and a bunch of glue blocks that weren't keeping it together.  It was very creaky and wobbly.  Now it's solid, beautiful, and ready for the big feast.  As an added bonus, my son is going with me on this delivery.I finally finished and delivered the Maloof inspired sculpted rocking chair to match the baby cradle I finished a few weeks ago.  These chairs are a great challenge to construct, and extremely comfortable to sit in.  My customers were very happy, and their beautiful baby girl seemed equally pleased to lay in the cradle and be rocked in the chair.Timeline PhotosThis huge chair/barstool had poor quality rush material on it.... very common on imported chairs from places like Pottery Barn.  I replaced it with pre-twisted natural rush.  The challenge here was that there was only an inch of clearance on 3 sides to pull the material through, so it took a considerable amount of time and planning.I'm catching up with a few smaller projects before starting the next baby cradle construction.  This is a little bentwood rocking chair that the client used when she was a child.  Now her daughter will be able to use it as well.  My caning process sure gets slower when I don't do it for awhile!This dresser was a mess... split sides, full of dirt and foul smelling.  Everything came apart and was sanded and sealed, new dust panels, complete interior and exterior finishing.  Some pieces don't really reveal just how much work goes into bringing them back!I successfully avoided the Hurricane Katrina celebrations, but didn't escape it entirely.  I suppose it's appropriate that this table came in for restoration last week.  It survived the flood and has waited 10 years to get a new life.My custom baby cradles are one of my specialties.  Every one is different and I encourage the customer to add their own personal touches to the details.  This one features Celtic carvings on both ends and is made of mahogany.This custom baby cradle is made of walnut and bound for Illinois.  Got to carve some new designs into the ends of this one!  Baby isn't due for 2 weeks, so getting it out just in time.I've had so many tables like this here.  Some are nice, and some are clearly fairly low quality.  This was the latter, but it did turn into a beautiful little table.Carving, carving, and more carving. I'm almost done carving the Celtic knot details for a custom baby cradle... A pretty great way to spend a morning!I have some difficult challenges, but making hip braces always humbles me.  Just finished the rough shaping on this one.  Now to make a mirror image.The material used on these two chairs was so weak that it just fell apart.  The chairs received new fiber rush seats which are much more durable.Making spindles for the next cradle.  This is the bag of shavings at the end of turning 40 spindles.  It's taking shape!These four stools were refinished to match new kitchen cabinets, and three of them needed new hand caned seats.

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Tuesday
09:00 - 15:30
Wednesday
09:00 - 17:30
Thursday
09:00 - 15:30
Friday
09:00 - 17:30
Saturday
12:00 - 15:00

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I successfully avoided the Hurricane Katrina celebrations, but didn't escape it entirely. I suppose it's appropriate that this table came in for restoration last week. It survived the flood and has waited 10 years to get a new life.

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This custom baby cradle is made of walnut and bound for Illinois. Got to carve some new designs into the ends of this one! Baby isn't due for 2 weeks, so getting it out just in time.

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Making spindles for the next cradle. This is the bag of shavings at the end of turning 40 spindles. It's taking shape!

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These look like normal rush seats, but they are not. Normally this pattern is created by weaving one continuous strand around the frame. These required 4 strands to be woven at the same time - two going up and down, and two going side to side. The end result looks similar, but it ends up being a greater challenge! The new rush is much stronger and will last much longer.

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Some days I'm lucky enough to have my favorite helper join me.

Some days I'm lucky enough to have my favorite helper join me.
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These four stools were refinished to match new kitchen cabinets, and three of them needed new hand caned seats.

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The material used on these two chairs was so weak that it just fell apart. The chairs received new fiber rush seats which are much more durable.

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I'm catching up with a few smaller projects before starting the next baby cradle construction. This is a little bentwood rocking chair that the client used when she was a child. Now her daughter will be able to use it as well. My caning process sure gets slower when I don't do it for awhile!

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I finally finished and delivered the Maloof inspired sculpted rocking chair to match the baby cradle I finished a few weeks ago. These chairs are a great challenge to construct, and extremely comfortable to sit in. My customers were very happy, and their beautiful baby girl seemed equally pleased to lay in the cradle and be rocked in the chair.

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My custom baby cradles are one of my specialties. Every one is different and I encourage the customer to add their own personal touches to the details. This one features Celtic carvings on both ends and is made of mahogany.

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