Wheelchair Woodworking #15: A restoration & random pics

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Blog entry by Jamie Speirs posted 04-27-2013 05:36 PM 1976 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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

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#1 posted 04-27-2013 06:02 PM

Hi Jamie, a beautiful desk! It looks like it was very well used with lots of love!
What a great thing to do for the student who can now write. You really inspire folks!
Who did the pencil drawing of Robbie Burns in your picture? Love it – and the Cranes.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#2 posted 04-27-2013 06:07 PM

It seems you are keeping yourself pretty busy Jamie. The desk seemed interesting. It’s too bad about the staining where the old hinge was. It looked like some glass rings on the top too. Nice to have a challenge!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 04-27-2013 07:01 PM

Jamie, isn’t it great to be busy!!...............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Jamie Speirs

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#4 posted 04-27-2013 07:31 PM

Anna it was a local artist, I’ll hae a look, it was a house warming
for my Bride when she first set foot in Scotland

Mike I dont do restoration any more, no money in it for the hours
it takes to do. It is going to be a project for Roz to learn on. It will be
stripped to the last piece and then she can rebuild it.

Jim I’m happy when I’m busy, I love my job


-- 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

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#5 posted 04-27-2013 08:28 PM

Hi, Jamie:
Such a nice variety of things you have going on! What a great teaching piece the desk will be. I have always had a fondness for lap desks – although I realize that this is a floor model. I love the style of it though. I really enjoyed seeing these projects on the go. It will great to see them progress. :)

Have a wonderful day! Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#6 posted 04-27-2013 11:01 PM

Your to-do list is very diverse Jamie!
I don’t have that skill, to work on several things at once… Nothing gets done!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#7 posted 04-27-2013 11:11 PM

Hi Jamie
Thanks for sharing this cool desk with us,a very interesting piece.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#8 posted 04-28-2013 12:07 AM

Hope you can find seats and bushings for the faucet? (Tap)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 04-28-2013 09:52 AM

Sheila, yes it is a lovely design. I thought it could inspire.

Mike, the problem is remodeling the house on top of production
means tools everywhere. You have tackled many diverse projects as well

Jim Thanks

Doc, it is a reproduction and all the inards are standard for UK spares

-- 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

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#10 posted 04-28-2013 03:01 PM

Hi Jamie … You really do get some interesting challenges coming into your workshop!! That desk will be perfect for the young lad in his wheelchair … as well as an excellent learning curve for Roz.
You’ve chosen a lovely spot for your Cranes!
With so much going on in the shop … and home renovations too … where do you find the time?! What kind of remodelling are you doing??

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#11 posted 05-07-2013 09:39 AM

Hi Jamie,
Lovely desk, I think there is something wonderful about these, like it becomes a ritual.
Lovely detail with the spiral cut into the leg.
Guess a table like that will be no good with my neck…
The tab looks great, and I envy your tub, have not been in a tub for years.
Glad to see that the crane got company, and a beautiful place to stand, so you did manage to make one. ;-)
Here life is getting into normal, and I will try this week to look at some travel plans.’Best thoughts my dear Jamie,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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