|Project by rilanda||posted 656 days ago||1695 views||3 times favorited||12 comments|
Made for my daughters in-laws and to celebrate the millennium. This piece of furniture was made in English Oak that had been selected for quarter sawn timber. The internal insert was made from Sycamore the central support was carved with the lettering AD 2000. The front panels were linen fold and were made using a router using a special cutter supplied by a British company. The panels were grooved into the door members and then finished with a detailed bolection moulding. I have included my original design drawings to illustrate the origins of this piece and as you will see although the piece remained pretty much the same as the design, changes were made along the way. It was designed to fit into a given position and it was also designed to be viewed all round, hence the reason for the back being made from T & G boarding that was invisibly fixed fro inside the unit One problem with bureau’s where the top panel is lowered to provide a writing surface is; if the lopers (support arms) are not withdrawn to support the top excessive force can be applied to the hinges, causing serious damage to the door or the internal top. With this in mind I designed and made my own operating mechanisms from brass (see photo), but firstly making them in Plywood to prove the movement. These mechanisms operated the lopers when the top was lowered and conversely withdrew them again when the top was returned to its closed position, this eliminated another problem; that of walking into a loper that had been left in its withdrawn position.The piece of furniture contained 3 secret compartments (not being revealed otherwise they don’t remain secret ha ha). The writing surface was fitted with a green leather skiver that had been embossed with a gold border. The unit was stained with a water based stain and finished with a fortified brushing french polish. I see this cabinet quite frequently in its home and it is still working perfectly and it has pride of place in the household. Age has added to the attractiveness of the Oak which has now really come alive and seems to be glowing. English Oak is not the easiest of timbers to work with, indeed it can be extremely difficult with its constant change of grain direction, but the end result is very rewarding and pleasing to the eye. It is a piece I will always remain proud of and it was published on the front cover of a British woodworking magazine. Taking about 6 weeks to design and produce working drawings for the cabinet took about 16 weeks to make. The actual photos of the cabinet were all taken in my very small 15 feet by 7 feet workshop, not a lot of room in there but enjoy every minute I manage to be in there, LOVE IT
-- 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.