John began his formal training as a cabinetmaker at Dave's Woodworking in Watertown, SD back in 1979. He also worked at Shaw Lumber's architectural millwork shop in St. Paul, MN, before striking out on his own. Many of his casework projects have been for magazines, and here are a few examples.  

The quartersawn sycamore and black walnut kitchen (at left above and center) appeared in American Woodworker. The oak corner cabinet (above center) was built for American How-To magazine. The seven foot tall white oak linen cabinet (above right) was for an issue of Woodcraft, as was the toolchest at center right. The kitchen dining booth (bottom right) was for American How-To magazine, and the small apothecary cabinet below appeared in Woodworker's Journal.



The Black Hills Library shown at left was built in 2018 with local species of softwoods, and carries a profile theme through the top rails and the toekicks. The door panels and cabinet backs are stock pine beadboard, and the corner blocks and fluted moldings are over-the-counter items, too. The window seat is a 2" thick slab of local Ponderosa pine, and the finish is a clear waterbase poly.



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