Wednesday, May 5, 2021

a few things from the last four months

been working, been busy, but i haven't been writing much this year ...too busy, almost ... here are a few projects from the recent past ... more later

we made a figured cherry bureau, based on one i made in 1988.
surprisingly, i found the original full size drawing in my "archives"
aka, the cellar of the shop

we used some nice figured cherry from our friends at irion lumber in pennsylvania
another version of this design from about 1991
nice cherry!
and a tricky edge inlay i didn't really remember how to do
figured it out eventually though
 looked good when it was finished ... 
just like the original, only with a slick edge inlay 
and a 52" round walnut table that we sent to washington, DC
new design, based roughly on one of our more popular mid century designs
it was actually a slight variation on the design above, which we have made 
at least a half dozen times
essentially, the clients wanted me to invert the base elements,
make a thicker top, and recess the angled aprons
which caused a little head scratching as the aprons hold the top flat,
we had to add a center stiffener and rout the runners into
the bottom of the top by 3/4 of an inch
getting the base to close accurately was a bit  fussy too
but all's well that ends well, though this new design was complicated ...
and we did some interesting repairs to two Victorian era pieces
a couple highlights below
not quite a basket case, but almost
it required fabricating some new dowel joints and some seriously tricky clamping
and three new turned doodads  ...
i am not sure what the technical term is .. drops?
a worthy project i'd say ... it's ready for another hundred now ...
here's the other repair
it had a truly lovely piece of cracked formica on the top when it arrived
and a missing doodad that was fun to reproduce

and we had to get a nice fitted piece of gold tooled leather from 
DCT leathers in toroton canada .. we sent them a pattern and they did a great job
fired up the wallpaper paste and stuck it down ..
back home now ...

we also made a base for a slab of walnut that the client purchased and
had finished in texas.   it was shippped to their dorset home
and we got to make the base with 3 drawers that you see below.
front side, box and runners
back side ...
on site, waiting for the computers and printers ...
more to come soon ...