Commissions by Mike Childs
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Woodworking Oakland 1976 - 1980
When I arrived in Oakland, all I had were my hand tools. Having sold all my big, heavy equipment before I moved, I had no money to buy anything, so I borrowed tools and shop space, and went to work. The first project was remodeling a house in Berkeley. The jobs included sealing a skylight 3 stories up, refinishing a floor, building a cabinet/enclosure with custom shutter in a kitchen, hot tarring a roof, and more. The second project was building a hand cart for a sidewalk flower vendor, including steel bands on wooden wheels. A variety of jobs followed: covering walls and ceiling with redwood, wine racks, custom traveling cases for color consultants, an oak mantle with hand carved calligraphy, a tiled Roman tub bathroom complete with plumbing, electrical, floor and walls, a salad bar shaped like a boat, moldings and glass for the deckhouse of the largest wooden boat built in the Bay Area in recent history. To qualify for a position that was opening up at Laney, I received a certificate to teach woodworking at community colleges
A Roman tub for a large man with a bad back. It was an outdoor space that had been roofed over. My partner and I did the rest: floor, plumbing, walls, and ceiling. I designed and built the tub using plywood covered with epoxy and Spanish tiles. I also tiled the walls and ceiling above and surrounding the tub.
The windows for the deckhouse of this 70' fishing boat were difficult to make. The strips above and below them, inside and outside, were 28' laminations of three layers of mahogany, requiring roughly 1500 screws.
The cabinet was custom made for the kitchen to create storage and to hide a water heater. The linoleum floor was pulled up, sanded and refinished. New linoleum was laid. Salvaged weathered wood laid in a herring-bone pattern formed one wall. I worked on that house for 3 months.
This job was so large that I farmed it out to five other woodworkers. It's the complete furnishings for a hobby shop in Danville, CA. I designed it with fir and pine plywood, with hardware, sliding glass hardware and locks from a well known supplier to ensure it met commercial standards.
"Salad Bar" built for the Via Veneto, a restaurant in Oakland, out of recycled wood, plywood, and plastic laminate.
The job also included laminate covered fixtures for the bathrooms
A new deck and windshield for a older powerboat. Lots of tricky angles and curves
Two identical travel cases for color consultants, stackable for negotiating airports, with felt covered trays secured with wing nuts to keep the swatches from moving,
detachable legs that fit under the bottom drawer and either recessed pulls or flush handles in order to fit into the snug,
custom, fiberglassed boxes.