Once I had the basic concept sketched out I needed to see the thing in the actual space. The height of the table is important for ease of use, aesthetic proportions, and to provide enough clearance along the sides to reach the chair controls. The angle of the table is important to set the angle of the chairs so they fit in the room. Yes, I actually set the chairs and divined the angle. Also important was the arc of the front of the drawers. So after making many real size 2D drawings I ...
Or perhaps the title should be, “Form Follows Tragedy”? Here is the initial chapter of the design and construction of a most challenging project. But why would anyone ever want or need to build such a thing? What follows is the documentation of a two year journey into pattern making, wood bending, form construction, curved veneering, trim inlay, creative joinery, jig design, and the ultimate victory of patience and stubbornness over a project that fought me every step of the ...
Having a nice sound system has always been a priority on my life since I was a teenager in the 1970’s. My tastes in music have changed over the years but I still insist on listening to good quality audio equipment. These days I find myself seldom playing CD’s anymore, instead I either stream music from the internet, play music ripped to my laptop via iTunes or listen to my local FM radio station. So my audio equipment has dwindled down to just an integrated amp , a tuner, and s...
The Marathon: What I learned about refinishing my trash/treasures furniture (My rehabbing journey on
I’m joining the guys who commented on rehabbing my chair. I probably will not rehab for money,because I really want to make what is in my imagination right now. LOL! I use the word marathon in this personal journey (nightmare) as opposed to finishing a race as the metaphor for my unexpected struggles. My Sofa was pretty easy, and more of a mechanical fix. I had also put a touch up water borne stain on the sofa frame. This success made me overconfident and un-expectant. LOL!It’s been almos...
I am posting this because I said I would. It has taken much longer than expected, and it is not to my expectations when I started. It’s a nicely designed chair. I hadn’t sat in it…LOL! It’s going to be my desk chair for the desk to be posted when ever I stop screwing up the finish of the desk top. When it was finished today I sat in it. The back is straight and quite uncomfortable. SIGH! This is a chair I picked up many years ago. I liked the style. A poor man&...
1940’s Art Deco enamel top table This old table was donated to my Furniture Restoration class for me to use with my students. It had been left outside with the metal legs in the ground. They had all rusted out and needed replacing. Problem was, they were bent metal and getting them made was impossible. So, ingenuity was called for. I bought 1” metal conduit from the home center along with some gliders for the bottoms and duplicated the wooden blocks that secured the original le...
Hi All Here is a short slideshow showing a collection of images of The Epic Launch Sit back and enjoy. Cheers Ian
The first dry fit showed some work needed on the tenons. I first cut them a shade long, even though I thought I’d left some room for glue. SO – that means I didn’t get the mortises as deep as I’d planned. But it was just the smallest of adjustments there. I also found that the top of the legs and apron weren’t flush, so again a couple adjustments. But with that work done, and another dry fit to see how it’s starting to come together, it might end ...
What drives your woodworking? I just want to be great at it. I have no idea if I will make furniture, turn bowls, chisel sculptures, or build tiny pieces of art. Each time I see something beautiful that is what I want to do. Woodworking has so many paths. It is easy to recognize that dabbling in everything will lead to a mastery of nothing. The importance of focus keeps me on my path of discovery. When the temptation to stray pokes its head out of a magazine article, I give it ...
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