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Blog series by bfd updated 2185 days ago 5 parts 7006 reads 45 comments total

Part 1: The design

2243 days ago by bfd | 7 comments »

> > This is my latest project which I am about to undertake. It is a Tea Cart that was sketched by my client. She wanted an Alvar Aalto inspired tea cart and she designed this piece and asked me to build it. There will be a lot of challenges here for me. The biggest challenge will be the bent wood lamination. The client has selected quarter sawn white ash with a slight fiddleback figure to it. The top tray will be ash with white glass mosaic tiles while the bottom tray will be all a...

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Part 2: The Wheels are in motion!

2225 days ago by bfd | 11 comments »

The first order of business was to start on something simple for this project…Cutting the wheels. Since the client wanted painted wheels I decided to do them out of MDF since it will be stable and paint out very well. Using my homemade circle jig I set the jig to cut a 14”DIA circle. Taking a light 1st pass I go down to about 1/4”. I then took my jig saw and followed just inside the outer edge of my router cut to remove the bulk of the material. I then followed up with m...

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Part 3: Refining the laminations and underwater basket weaving

2208 days ago by bfd | 5 comments »

Did I mention how over my head I am with this project? Well after taking a week off from woodworking between a trip to Vegas and not being able to work in the shop due to the smokey air in the Sacramento area I am back to work. Now that I have the laminations glued up I needed to figure out a way to trim them down to finished width. I intentionally glued the laminations up at 3 1/2” knowing that I needed to yield a 2 1/2” wide leg. This was a challenge since I couldn’t u...

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Part 4: Fixing a routing mess up.

2201 days ago by bfd | 8 comments »

So seeing how woodworking is largely based on problem solving I tought I would post this to show you a recent problem that I had to solve. When I was routing the edge of one of my bent laminations I accidently nicked the sides leaving a nasty gouge. My heart sank thinking how much time and money I have invested in these laminations so far. Knowing that if I replace one lamination I would have to replace both since that they are matched from the same flitch of veneer and I would seriously ea...

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Part 5: Making progress ... I think

2185 days ago by bfd | 14 comments »

> So here is a quick update of where I am at. I have been busy building the upper and lower tray as well as figuring out the wheel connection. here are the two tray bottoms veneered > > I cut box joints for the tray sides. > I then biscuit joint the sides to the bottom. I place two sides in the vise at a time to create a more stable surface. > > Here is the lower tray assembled > and the upper tray which I tiled with 1” square mosaic glass tile> I th...

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