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Blog entry by tdv posted 06-10-2017 03:40 PM 562 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have long admired Sheraton furniture, I believe in America this inspired an impressive “New Style” called “Federal” I have always wanted to build a piece and having admired the skill of many of the builders of fine projects on this site. Now retired, I thought it was time to fulfill this ambition so I have at last made a start. I’ve decided I’ll inlay my designs rather than veneer, Paul the Shipwright is an absolute master with a Chevalet and Lumberjocks like Les Hastings with the beautiful furniture he builds and Sheila Landry who has phenomenal scrollsaw skills sadly I do not! But possibly with a miniature router and my hand tools I can try to produce something like the table that is currently living in my mind. So Here’s the start!

After cutting and tapering the legs I had a practice on some scrap to get the hang of using the Steve Latta Stringing tool this was a wise move as it’s easy to make a mistake and let the tool follow the grain. I found the trick was to put pressure on keeping the tool face in contact with the work piece rather than pushing the cutter into the wood. Patience and short strokes worked for me.

I made myself a cutting gauge from some scrap “Mopane” (very hardwearing) brass and a couple of brass thumbscrews kindly sent to me from my buddy MAFE thankyou my friend. I fitted this with a scalpel blade and made a guide board for cutting my maple veneers. I’m having difficulty finding thick Holly veneers in the UK. so any info on that would be gratefully accepted.

Having cut the veneers and glued them in I planed off the excess and worked on the curved stringing.

I now have four legs that require some more adornment.

I love curves and elliptical designs in furniture especially the oval fan inlays but as I’m not veneering I thought I would simplify it and inlay some beautiful figured Maple and let the wood do the work for me :) I made a template and marked out my design using a router for consistent depth and finishing by hand I made the pockets for the ellipses. Then using the template I cut out the inlays about 3/16” thick.

I drilled the base of the pocket into the mortice to eliminate the hydraulic effect and allow the insert to bottom out.

Then glued in the inserts and cleaned up the squeeze out in the mortice socket.

Now I have to pluck up courage to take my gouges to 3 weeks work and attempt to inlay some Fuschia drop flowers into the legs. I first made a card template with info on the gouges used and a pleasing spacing of the Fuschias (by the way these are not actual sweep sizes I just marked each gouge with a “Sharpie” in order of use) I then taped it to the leg and marked each flower out with a pencil as a guide for cutting.

So this is where I’m up to so far, two sides done six to go. I need a holiday!! See you soon and thanks for looking

Trevor

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK



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#1 posted 06-10-2017 04:07 PM

Look forward to seeing it Treavor.congrats on your retirement.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 06-10-2017 04:35 PM

Here’s a copy with links of your photos ,when Cricket gets you all set up she can delete this.

I tried but the photos did not stay.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#3 posted 06-10-2017 04:45 PM

Here’s a copy with links of your photos ,when Cricket gets you all set up she can delete this.

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I have long admired Sheraton furniture, I believe in America this inspired an impressive “New Style” called “Federal” I have always wanted to build a piece and having admired the skill of many of the builders of fine projects on this site. Now retired, I thought it was time to fulfill this ambition so I have at last made a start. I’ve decided I’ll inlay my designs rather than veneer, Paul the Shipwright is an absolute master with a Chevalet and people like Sheila Landry have phenomenal scrollsaw skills sadly I do not! But possibly with a miniature router and my hand tools I can try to produce something like the table that is currently living in my mind

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 06-10-2017 07:08 PM

Hi Jim I don’t know what happened to the photo’s or the accompanying commentary there was about 20 pictures any ideas?

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#5 posted 06-10-2017 10:35 PM

Sorry I thought I deleted my third post

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#6 posted 06-12-2017 04:52 PM

Hey Trevor, that looks really nice.
That kind of work has always scared me. You have given me hope to try it.
And you did it justice. It looks wonderful.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 06-12-2017 05:11 PM

Thankyou Steve, very much for the kind words. I’m learning and after all “Every day’s a school day” You should try it, I know your skills would cover it. The great thing about Lumberjocks is there are so many talented people here who inspire me and always give great advice!
Trevor

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#8 posted 06-26-2017 06:36 PM

Wauuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!
You are second to none in this, so be more than proud.
Really impressed by the crisp cuts you managed to make.
Wonderful to see that the brass I send you, got a life in a tool now, big smile here.
And yes what a beautiful tool!
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 07-02-2017 04:39 PM

Thanks Mads, I appreciate your kind words (and the brass

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#10 posted 07-06-2017 11:32 PM

Congrats on your retirement. I highly recommend it. I’ve been practicing it for 11 years now, and I’ll never get tired of it…lol These are very jazzed up, and I like them. Super nice work. Very awesome

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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