Armchair BEA – Day 4 – “Beyond the Blog”

June 7, 2012

“If none of these apply we’d love for you to share a fun aspect about your blog or life that may be completely separate from books!”

Between life, work and kids there is very little left (a man needs to eat and has to sleep). My two little monsters keep me busy and I cherish every moment even when I get mad and the wife needs attention every now and then also.
Sometimes, we even get to talk during dinner or before going to sleep.

The last year saw some great changes. I started a new job and we moved to a new state. I have moved several times during my life but always to a place where I knew friends and had family. This time we moved to a new place with no one but our small nuclear unit.
To be honest it was much more difficult than I imagined – but we survived and we will thrive even though we have to start all over again (we lost a ton of money on our house).

One of the things I had to put on hold was my wood working – which left me more time to read. Below are some pictures of projects I worked on, hopefully I’ll be able to make some more sawdust when we are able to purchase our own home – again.

Disney Autograph Books – Cover

Disney Autograph Books – Back Cover 1

Disney Autograph Books – Back Cover 2

Doll’s Bed (size for American Girls dolls)

Doll’s Chair (size for American Girls dolls)


Various Puzzles

Batman Picure

Robin Picture

Alphabet Snake Puzzle

Various Christmas Ornaments (some for ornaments swaps)

State quarters map.
Made of made of 3/4″ oak, mahogany, purple heart, yellowheart, cherry, poplar, lacewood, American holly and pine. There is no paint on the map, it’s all natural color of the wood. To get a reference for the size, each hole fits a quarter.
Hawaii is made of Yellowheart inlaid into Lacewood.

Fits the 112 coins issued by the US mint (50 states, six US territories x 2 because they were created in two different mints in Denver & Philadelphia).

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  • BluestockingJune 7, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Those are so beautiful!!! You have serious talent.

    Here is mine

    • Zohar - Man of la BookJune 7, 2012 at 11:16 am

      Talent I don’t have, just a hard head to do things until I get it right.
      But I appreciate the comment 🙂

  • SuzanneJune 7, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Those are all amazing but I have to say the autograph books are my favorite.
    Wonderful workmanship.

  • LivianiaJune 7, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Your woodworking is beautiful! I love the state quarters map.

    • Zohar - Man of la BookJune 7, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      Thanks Liviania, the map took me almost 2 years to do (with breaks, other projects, etc. built in). It is about 4 feet x 2feet.

  • Carol WongJune 7, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    I really enjoyed seeing your woodworking projects. I stll have dollbed that my father made for me plus a side table. He loved woodworking. Made a whole set of blockes with squares, rectangles, cylinders and triangles and a dollhouse that I could walk in when I was young. I also have a dictionary stand that my great grandfather made. Even though I never met him, I can think of the love that went into the stand.

    • Zohar - Man of la BookJune 7, 2012 at 3:27 pm

      Thanks for the comment Carol. You won’t be surprised to learn that most of the toys are long gone or “lost” in storage. The bed broke a few weeks ago.

      One of the reasons I made those is so my kids will have something special from their childhood which cannot be bought.

  • HeatherJune 7, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Nice projects! I especially love the state quarters map. The wood you used is gorgeous.

    • Zohar - Man of la BookJune 7, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      Thanks Heather. I actually massed up and copied the plans at 150% and used 3/4″ wood instead of 1/4″.
      Made my job a lot harder but it came out cool looking.
      Hawaii took me months to do, it’s inlaid yellow wood within lacewood. I didn’t realize how tough lacewood is and broke several blades before figuring out how to get it working.

  • Stepping Out of the PageJune 7, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Oh WOW – you are so talented, those are all such beautiful pieces. Absolutely fantastic work. I’m pleased to meet you!

    New to your blog!
    Stephanie @ Stepping Out of the Page

  • Johanna @ A Damsel in Book-stressJune 7, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Dude, you are freaking amazing!!! Those are real masterpieces. Damn! I feel so inferior! I love them, truly. Kudos, sir!

  • JudithJune 8, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Your woodworking is great! What a wonderful hobby to have. I hope you’ll be able to pick it up soon again.

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