|Project by rilanda||posted 07-03-2012 06:58 AM||756 views||0 times favorited||1 comment|
This is a copy of a table I made when I was at school aged 12years in 1950. The original was made for my mother, which she kept and lovingly looked after until she died in 1983, the ownership then passed to my father. Sadly my father passed away in 2003 and the table now has a new owner, my daughter.
The original table was made in a timber called Rauli which is a south American timber very similar to Steamed Beech. This copy was made about seven years ago for my daughter, (she wanted another one) but Rauli was no longer available so the copy was made from Ash with a book quarter veneered top in Walnut . Incidentally the original table was entered into a craft competition open to all comers and it took first prize, this was the kick that set me on the road of a life working with wood. loved every minute, cant beat working with Gods most wonderful of all material WOOD, and it grows on trees! The original table is still alive and well, still being used for its original purpose and still being looked after, obviously now almost of antique status. I still remember the teacher I had at school each time I look over this table, a brilliant man Mr Woolacot. The original table was made completely by hand all the materials were planed by hand, mortices, tenons, dovetails, and joints for the solid top all cut by hand, no machinery involved.
Cant say that about the copy although I do still cut all my dovetails by hand and I still get that kick when I assemble them for the first time. I still like to veneer using the old traditional method of animal glue and a veneer hammer; the top of the copy table was veneered using this method.
-- Bill, Nottingham. Remember its not waiting for the storm to end, but learning to dance in the rain that counts. If you dont make mistakes, you make nothing at all.