|Project by vipond33||posted 09-17-2011 07:47 PM||2415 views||5 times favorited||5 comments|
This piece is taken from the fascinating book “Making Swedish Country Furniture and Household Things” published in 1976 (1990) by Hans Keijser. In it there are detailed drawings and photographs for 35 ordinary items that would have been made and used in the 18th and 19th centuries. Some pieces resemble early American or Canadian styles though most have a distinctly European flavour. The book is still available and even if you don’t buy it I encourage you to read the introduction by the author at http://www.amazon.com/Making-Swedish-Furniture-Hans-Keisjser/dp/0881790230
He has some interesting things to say about our modern approach to woodcraft as compared to then.
I have deviated slightly from the plan for this tree to suit my skills and sensibilities, most notably in the base. The original plan called for diagonal braces running from the base to the centre column. I thought them to be quite unnecessary and they were eliminated in favour of a more graceful look.
Done in mahogany, all cross pieces are half lapped, with the column through mortised into the base and through mortised into the upper crosses with a stepped tenon. The clothes hook ends were hand cut with a knife while the base profiles were machined with a router and eased with a plane, chisel and file. There are adjustable feet underneath as this unit can be quite unstable because of the height. Two brass side hooks serve the younger set and the finish is Tried and True with Watco dark satin wax.
I made an interesting discovery about proportions and perspective after construction (but before finishing). When complete, the front of the legs looked much too large even though they were identical in width to the centre portion as planned. They looked like oversize bear paws and were quite disturbing. It finally came to me that the foreshortening of my vision was the culprit. I reduced the width of them by 1/16” on either side and it was suddenly perfect.
Another interesting discovery was made when I took it home. At first I thought, what am I going to use all these hooks for? Now it’s a case of why isn’t there any more room here!!?? They had some good ideas back then for this is a supremely useful item in the home whether in the bedroom or front hall.
23 1/2” x 23 1/2” x 70 1/2”
Build on LJ’s.
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