Tuesday, April 25, 2017

mahogany and maple burl chairs

finished up these 8 chairs to go with the big claro walnut table 
and they're off !!! left to be airfreighted to the big island yesterday
they shouold be at home this time next week ..
 
these are contemporary versions of our 'transitional chairs', a design
we ligthly adapted from a beidermeier chair we were hired to reproduce 
back in the early 90s ..
the house has a lot of mahogany in it and it looks good with mahogany
lots of legs and curved rails on the cnc by trevor

fit up the backs first ...
we used to use individual corner blocks, but we have found that 
a cnc mdf sub seat is faster, more accurate, and gives a larger
glue surface for reinforcement ...
before the finish

after

ready to crate
crates .. we added some 'closet dessicant' available from your
local lumber yard to (hopefully) control moisture on the short air flights

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

a long pine console

always nice to have someone else do the design work ...
this piece was designed to make use of some pine planks sawn from a blowdown on the client''s property.. the cabine it is going in will be sophisticated, but rustic, and when we figure out how to finish this piece, i am sure it will fit right in .. the metal work design with the
cross bars under tension is an interesting concept .. sure makes things rigid ... 
as we often do, for an unfamiliar concept like this one, we make a full size mockup
to get down the basics
sam made some sweet double threaded connectors for the ends of the rods and
the cap screw that goes through the tapered wedge to apply 
tension to the rods and stiffen up the structure ...
he got some super long brass shavings while doing the drilling on the metal lathe
so here's the full blown mockup with the holes, wedges and capscrews
 
 we did the real drilling today ..

we've got to do some finish samples now and just a bit 
of tinkering with the lengths of the threaded rod, 
screw on the top, and we'll be all set .. updates as we finish up ...

Friday, April 7, 2017

an english brown oak slab table




we're in the porcess of turning a 19' english brown oak slab into a 14' table 
with a base made from the drop.  this is the first time in a while that we are 
working on a 'design by others'.  it's an interesting, but
different feeling .. more photos and words as we progress ...