I had planned to get all three pieces of furniture to the same stage (the upholstery on) before applying the “gimp” which is a decorative flat braided trim that hides the nail heads. But I decided I needed the sense of accomplishment today that comes with “finished.” So naive as ever, I thought I would just whip out finishing the chairs and then move back to the settee – expecting to still make significant progress on the settee. Gimp goes on with hot glue ...
I really like the Stanley Bedrock style planes and on a whim bid on and won this plane last week. I will be replacing my current #3 with this plane in my bench plane set. If you have followed the blog, I set a goal of putting together a full set of Stanley bench planes. The set is now pretty much complete with a little tuning planned. For example, I would like to replace my Sargent #8 with a Stanley 8C or perhaps a Bedrock 608 and have been slowly looking for one. Also, I still need to r...
click pic for larger view The seat is covered – a little lumpier than I wanted, but doesn’t look too bad. I think the pleated back (see before pics) is going to be quite difficult and that’s next.
Jute webbing is criss-crossed over the bottom of the frame and tacked in place. Springs are attached (tied) to the webbing. I saved the jute webbing with springs intact and just replaced them in the new frame. I did pull the jute tighter than it was when it was removed. Use had stretched it a bit. The springs are tied together and to the frame to “fix” each spring to a spot and to give the seat it’s general shape. I did remove the original ties because I had ...
A customer has been providing regular “projects” that I’ve been accepting as “learning experiences.” This showed up in my driveway when I was taking a shower last Saturday. I think I’m going to have to get more expensive! It will be a while before I get to it. But I thought I would take and post pictures while I had the camera out. Anybody have a picture of what it might have looked like before sitting out in the weather for the last ??? years? I thi...
I glued the carvings on the new shaped front apron. I found Minwax Rosewood Gel Stain that I think is going to work. I’ve applied two coats of stain. As you can see, I need to get a couple of shades darker. Side Rail
Front rail is tenon and mortise on both ends Side rails – fronts tenon and mortise. backs are doweled Back rail – dowels on both ends Basically I put it back together with the joinery that was used originally – theres enough room to pin the tenons from the inside – I may do that yet Using laquer thinner and an x-acto knife to scrape, the carvings cleaned up nicely
click for larger picture The challenge was to get these applied carvings off intact so I can apply them to the new rail: 1. I sliced the carvings and some of the wood from the old rail off with the bandsaw2. I put a big pot of water on the stove to boil with a fry pan splatter screen on top.3. I set the two carvings on the splatter screen in hopes that I could soften the glue and steam the backer wood off the carvings. After gingerly and patiently sticking a sharp pocket knive b...
click pic for larger view I was able to use the same block of wood that I used to form the front rail. I cut the front rail shape off center in hope I could make that work.The other completed laminations are in the backbround with the original piecesstarting to get excited about the joinery and reassemblyprobably ought to consider the refinishing of the rest of the original pieces firststill have to try to remove applied carvings from the original front railmy research says moist heat...
click pics for larger view Side rail lamination with dry rot side rails – stack of laminates for the other side rail sitting in front It just keeps getting better! [IMG] Old repair: Need to laminate a replacement for this old curved back rail next:
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