For those of you who have never attended a Furniture Interest Group (FIG) meeting, attending members discuss their woodworking interests either in the form of providing advice and experience or seeking advice on anything concerning furniture woodworking. Located at a different member’s house on a monthly basis, the meeting is open to all members as an open forum. For background to this article, it’s not unusual for a few members to bring designs, assemblies, or easily carried pieces for discussion.
At the most recent meeting the normal protocol proceeded and circled from one member to the next offering insights, advice, questions, or status on current projects big and small. But small was as small as it gets when Tom Shirley presented a simple but clever piece pictured above. The picture shows two flat pieces folded into each other to make a smartphone stand. Folding it differently, one can change the display angle. Made of tiger maple and finished with warmed BLO mixed with beeswax, the piece caught the members by surprise because cabinets, tables, chairs, tools and jigs are the discussed norm. Tom designed, built and posted his creation to Lumberjocks.com. He used some scrap pieces and built it with hand tools. If you have a container of scraps and wonder what you can do with it, you might consider making something small, useful, and quick. And it makes for a nice gift too. Thanks go to Tom for bringing this to our attention. For dimensions and other pictures click here.