Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Friday, 14 October 2016

Oakland CA

Start out with trees


To make the frame for a 60's style chest of drawers. The frame below, strapped up with blocks on the corners while the glue dries. 


Mitered corners for that super clean look ...nice, if you like that sort of thing!


And some legs


Retro angled legs at that!


Glue dry and ready for some drawers




Mid century with a hint of gothic

I've been making things...again. This time I made this for Sarah, I hope she likes it!


Turns out the floor in my kitchen is the only flat surface in my house where I could test assemble the bed



I made this from some oak I got from the local saw mill. It started life as slices of tree; like a whole tree cut into 27mm slices. The trees are cut from local forests in a sustainable management program so new trees are planted for each one cut down. This one has been air drying for about 5 years so hopefully it wont move or split.


And I couldn't help doing a little machined quatrafoil in the headboard for a hint of gothic


It's quite a lot of work, but I'm pretty pleased with the end result. I still find it amazing when I look at something like this, that you can start with dull rough timber and it comes out like this. The transformation when you plane it and reveal the grain gives it a whole new life.   


Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Water Lilies








Painting by Rachel.
Composition by Claude Monet. 
Frame in oak with a natural shellac French polish and waxed 


Monday, 12 September 2016

Clamping down!

Here is a small project I've been working on. For the avoidance of doubt, its a bed I'm making in oak. I'm using locally grown and sourced timber from the saw mill down the road. So far I've made and glued up the head and foot boards. If I get some time tomorrow evening I might join it all together.


My table is about that flattest thing I've got and pretty handy for clamping stuff to.



As usual, webbing straps are brilliant for clamping stuff together! When you're not using them for that you can even tie stuff to your roof bars with them :)