Saturday, December 29, 2007
Sam the Metalman from Dorset Custom Furniture made these four 'trophies' for the Annual Vew Do Rail Jam that took place at the Manchester, Vermont Applejack Field on December 29th. The event is open to snowboarders and skiers of all ages and all proceeds benefit the Manchester Rec Skateboard Park. They're quick welded sculptures that truly capture the spirit of the event.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Dorset Custom Furniture is featured on the cover of this January's (2008) Woodshop News. Woodshop News is a national magazine that bills itself as 'The News Magazine For Professional Woodworkers'. It is a nice, widely read trade magazine similar in size, shape and feel to the music magazine 'Rolling Stone', and we're very honored to have been selected for the cover story. The article, written by Brian Caldwell, features a brief history of the business with a focus on our fairly recent purchase of a MultiCam CNC router. Woodshop News is available at many fine local building products stores.
Monday, December 10, 2007
This is a continuation of an earlier post regarding mockups and models and shows the actual project in the process. We're now working on the doors based on the decisions we made earlier, after viewing the full size mockup, to make the doors 'lighter' and narrower. To the left is the modified cad drawing showing the new proportions. Jeremy has now completed the rough joinery and is now patching the obvious bad spots in the recycled chestnut that we're using to build them, then we'll add the decorative details to the stiles and rails and add the boards to close off the lower panel openings.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
These pieces all had their seperate design and execution complications, but in the end, they all came out well and all the complications were resolved. One of the nicest details is the angled tops of the wenge cases that are complemented by the recessed, round hickory moldings that set off the recessed again hickory doors and drawers. That stepping in feature led us on quite a hunt to find the proper hinges when we remembered that the client wanted mirrors on the insides of the doors.
The low piece is two sided and only 32" deep so the drawers had to be fairly shallow. We ended up making the door cabinet shallow which allowed half of the drawers on one side to be deeper. The top is faux painted mdf for the photo and the piece will have an onyx top when it gets to NYC.
The tall chest was the most straight forward of the three, but selecting the veneers for a pleasing light/dark pattern involved some trial and error.
The armoire was just like the others, only bigger, heavier, and hair raising to get the two big veneered doors to lie in a plane and close correctly given the lack of case frame structure. Most of the work on these pieecs was done by Mark Granfors before he moved South. Finishing by Jeremy Russell, steel bases by Sam Mosheim and Jim Parsons. Teamwork, teamwork.
This desk had numerous challenges including working with thin curly maple veneer, multiple forms for the drawer boxes and fronts, jigs for cutting the ebony lines on the top and drawer face edges, the diamond shaped side inlays, the curved drawer box joinery, etc., etc.