|Project by Div||posted 02-13-2011 10:50 PM||2495 views||8 times favorited||23 comments|
It has been a while since I posted a project so I thought I’d show my LJ buddies some of what I do to pay the bills. Most of my “commercial” work goes out the door without being photographed but for once I remembered to take a photo!
The “brunette” kitchen stools were done in Kiaat (Pterocarpus angolensis), also known as Muninga, Mukwa, Brown African Padauk and a few other names. I love this timber. It is a pleasure to work with and reminds me a lot of Burmese Teak. It also has high decay resistance and dimensional stability. Kiaat can have very attractive figure.
The lonely blonde was made with Maple. Why only one? Well, my client ordered 4 of these Maple chairs at the end of last year. They liked them so much that they wanted to add another one. Then they decided to order 6 more for the other kitchen while we were at it. Yes, this house has 2 kitchens and it is only a vacation home that gets used maybe 3 or 4 times a year!
The different woods have to do with the decorating scheme devised by the interior designer. She has her ideas and I suggest appropriate timbers. The chair design is collaboration between us. She decides on the style and I will come up with drawings and structural design. The Kiaat chairs will match a huge wall unit I have to build somewhere in the near future.
Let me tell you what happens when I have to do the same thing over and over. Gremlins pay me a visit, that’s what! I ended up having to make 7 Kiaat chairs and am now the proud owner of one somewhat crooked version. I dunno, there must have been a sudden change in humidity or something. I think it affected my tape measure! I must have cut one mortise slightly wrong. Maybe Mr. Gremlin moved my pencil line? Only after the glue up did realize that one chair was out of tune. $%#@!!
-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."