With all of that koa and etimoe veneer in my shop, I was eager to get started. There was one problem. I built my vacuum press from Joe Woodworker’s Directions while I was still living in the states. I had hoped I would be able to run it on a transformer. The only problem with that is that the electricity here isn’t only different in voltage, but in frequency as well (cycles per second or Hertz (Hz) is the second number in 110/60). I spoke with Joe to ask him if I would have any luck runn...
I made this cherry match veneer round piece with compass point in a veneering class a couple of years ago. I’ve had it stored away ever since. I’m having trouble visualizing the piece of furniture (purpose, design, style, etc.) that needs to be built around this piece. It’s been perculating in the back of mind and consciousness for a long time and nothing has yet materialized. I thought I would toss these pictures out there and see if any of you might have a thought ...
This past weekend was a big event for the Roswell family, as we celebrated my Mom’s 80th birthday. Plans began early in the year and resulted in a family dinner on Friday night, with my younger brother surprising Mom by flying in from Arizona (after a lot of lies about why he couldn’t make it) and with my son and granddaughter flying in from BC (it didn’t even cross Mom’s mind that he would make the trip). We also had a bonfire breakfast Saturday morning (for the past ...
I thought I would include a few more photos, showing the construction details. I’m not sure why I always end up with the photos in reverse order, but maybe you should start from the bottom! Completed top, waiting for the edge shaping and butterflies. My stepson, Evan, inspecting our work. Lee and Evan installing 1/8" thick, Wenge edge banding. The underside, fitted and stained. The holes allow attaching the top to the frame. Evan measuring for the stainless inserts...
It’s been a while since I posted any projects, so I figured I’d better do so before you all forget my name. I previously posted a Library stair unit, and this table is the accompaning piece of furniture to that. The client needed a conference table, but he also wanted a workbench, as he was prone to dismantel his computer occasionaly, in name of improving it. He was a fan a George Nakashima, so he wanted the table fashioned in his style. My design seemed to ...
This past Friday (August 31, 2007) my daughter, (our Canadian Film Crew, / chauffeur) “volunteered” to drive me to Toronto for a personal tour of Ted & Norah’s new location for their Roarockit business and skateboard school. The first part of the interview is found here First of all, I have to say that the travel gods were with us as the trip took us less than two hours, with no traffic jams. Wow. Anyone who has driven to Toronto knows that this is not a common occu...
What a surprise I had when I started preparing for this interview and I found that the company is located in Toronto, Canada – not too far away from me! Yippee! (Thanks to Roarockit for the original image and to Douglas Bordner, our pixelator, for the photo editing to include MsDebbieP)Ted Hunter and wife, Norah Jackson, started the Roarockit company not too long ago, in an effort to make veneering accessible to everyone. The HistoryNorah and Ted, who has been teaching at the Ontario Co...
After my detour to make this box, I’m back to working on the box that is the subject of this blog series. Today I worked on the small details of the trays. The longer I make boxes the more I realize that it’s the small details that distinguish a well made box. Unlike larger furniture pieces, boxes beg to be picked up and examined closely and in detail. There is no such thing as a hidden back or bottom; all surfaces need to be treated with equal importance. The series of p...
Well, I completed my journey and this is my story. I decided to use the maple veneer Karson gave me for the border of the chest board. Here is a picture of it taped up from the back: The next task was to completely tape the seams with the three hole tape as seen here: This was a somewhat tedious job because of all the seams. I felt that the mitered corners came out quite well and I was getting excited about finishing the process of gluing it up. I did a test piece with some ...
When using some veneers, they must be flattened prior to use. This is especially true of burls, crotch and stump veneers. Flattening them really isn’t a big problem, it just takes a little time, and a flattening agent. The main steps are to spray the front and backs of the veneers. Once the are sprayed, they are placed between plattens and some sort of absorbent paper. Some people use newspaper, but I ‘m always concerned about print showing up on my veneer. I us...
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