I guess I’ve been poking along on this project long enough now. Here are some more pictures of my progress for you.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Sawing the Fonts, & backs of the drawers.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I drilled holes at the drawer bottoms, because of the short sawing radius. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Gluing the drawer fronts, & backs. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~...
Below the coffered panels are the skirt panels. These were in better shape than the coffered panels and had a “rope” mould along the top edge. The rope mould was mostly new construction, ( poorly done ) and was replaced with new mould that I ran and distressed. It started to look like this was at least the second installation of these panels because some of them were cobbled together and mis-matched. It became easy to find where they originally belonged, because their length match...
First, let me say that this project was not an historical renovation. I tried to approach it that way as much as I could, but we did not have an unlimited budget and the client wanted the job done as soon as possible. Ok. I will start at the top and work my way down.Below is one of the few pieces of the original crown that survived. I believe that the original ceiling must have leaked, or been damp, because the crown and coffered panels needed allot of work. We did not have the time t...
We did not have enough space to layout the entire room on the floor, so once I got a sense of how things went together, I measured everything, assigned a number to each one of the parts and plotted all the pieces on the computer. Much easier to drag around and piece the puzzle together. (also much less likely to break some very old and brittle wood) 17th century meets 21st century. :) Some of the notes appear below. -- Then a rough draft layout by our designer. (click to enlarge) ...
I thought I’d share some of the other things my wife and I make in addition to woodworking. My wife does Intarsia and pyrography (wood burning) and I also do leather work and small carvings Laura’s Bass Laura’s Pelican Laura’s Wolf Celtic Belt Purse with detachable shoulder strap Celtic Belt Case Seahorse Handbag Little Priest Friendship Cane Segment (front) Little Priest side view
We never thought at the time to chronicle this project with photos, so I will try to muddle through with the few I have. I wish we got a photo of the pile of lumber and panels when they arrived in our trailer, but I can tell you that the site of them caused me to think – - &$#)@ WHAT ARE WE DOING !!!!—- :) Below are some shots of some parts layed out on the floor in an attempt to make some sense of it all. Click on the photo to get a full size view. Above is an attempt t...
This was an interesting project that I worked on a few years ago. The photo above show the panels in the original room at Henwood Priory, Warwickshire, England. It is the only thing I had to go on. One wall had a fireplace that someone must have blacked out before the auction because it was not part of the sale.( a note: the photos that I use in this blog are rather large so you can see some of the detail. just click on them to see the whole photo and click again to see them actual size )...
You may not know it, but my little wife, (”Bairbre”), that’s Irish for Barbara. She has a wee bit of Irish in her blood. But I think her heart is 100% Irish. You all must have seen the, Click here> Irish Claddagh, I carved for her. Now I’ve decided to make her a Shamrock shaped box, for this years St. Patrick’s day. The finished dimensions are: 7 1/2” High x 7” Wide x 4 Deep. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I...
Can anyone give me some tips as I would like to carve a number plate for my house in the up coming week can you please tell me what type of carving chisels I will need for the job and the best finishes to apply and all the tools I will need
I was at the shop this morning finishing up some alder columns that ship out to Ventura, Ca. on Monday and on a whim a project came to mind. I messed up one of the columns while I was making them (got the diameter to small). So I had to remake it since I needed four to go to California. I started thinking about what I could do with this chunk of alder. I figure I might as well use it for something since I have it, right? The post on the far left is the one I’ll be using. I’ll have...
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