Greetings My Buddies, well this week a got an interesting item brought into the shop by Roz
It is an Edwardian Masters Desk. It looks as though great attention to detail was done by the original maker
I’ll post photos and describe them as I go through them
The Desk belong to Roz’s brother in law who is a teacher at one of the local high schools. He has an interesting student that has some physical disabilities with his arms. Between us I made a slant/writing slope. The wee lad can finally write after years of only a key board. I believe he can also draw. The cost was about a £/$ in materials.
I dont have a picture of it as it was more about getting the job done and I would not ask for it back for such a trivial picture but Alexander might send me a picture. I wander…...............
Yes the desk, well they don’t want it tampered with they love it warts n all, it’s problem is that it has a 25 degree list on it all the joints are loose
This is looking into the desk, notice the delicate lid stay
This is the desk top, notice the miter inserts.
I’m trying to show the miter insert, my pics are not that good though
Nice dovetails they should come appart fairly easily. Oh No, the Jinx button. I had better look out the CA glue :)
A nice flourish you can see that it has been outdoors in the rain and sun, I think I’ll feed them with double boiled BLO that should retain the patina and feed the wood
The front of the desk
These hinges have abviously been replaced as they dont match the bead, the bead radius should match the hinges radius. The original hinges were also steel not brass, you can see all the black marks from the original hardware which makes me think it may have been a home made desk as steel and oak are a big no no. Saying that though I’ve an Oak table that I’m busy with that I will be using steel nails and vinegar washed for a special effect. I’m a wee bit nervous though.
I got this nice bronze tap no age to it but works great, I made a OTT box to fix them to. I think it came out rather well.
This is the Crane that Mads sent me and mine in purple, I need practice.
24 calve stretchers
My first scrollsaw project is gathering dust as I changed my mind on the axle and support from Stainless steel to brass and I’m awaiting the 1/4” brass rod. I think it will look much better with that.
I’m also trying out my new finish mixture, it penetrates well and only boosts the grain depth. It is a very sloppy mix, I’ll use up a gallon then decide if it is a good choice.
-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe