Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Highboy - The Beginning

Photo from Norman's book.

Four legs completed, bar the cropping and front apron and black panel profiled.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Rhode Island Progress

 From Norman's book, through the chaos

to four mates waiting to be clothed.

The beginning.

Just the cushion and the back embroidery to do.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Candle Table

First,turn the post.

Machine the slots to take the legs. Use template to achieve 120 deg spacing.

Cut out the legs.

 After turning the top,

and adding the hinge, folding table.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Gek's Embroidery

An embroidery frame.

and in place in the sewing room.

A fire screen,

and in place in the San Fran dinning room.  Lots to do during the lockdown!!

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Rotating Display

For The Gek Contemporary.

The power unit.  A motor and gear box, 1:250, from China plus a further reduction of around 1:3 with a Lazy Susan to carry the display boards.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Gek's Mini Gallery

 Atop the Queen Anne stairs.  The idea is to replicate Gek's painting kit in miniature,

in an attic studio. Now need the bits and pieces, tubes of paint, bottle of white spirit, etc. That will take some time to source.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The Gek Contemporary

Completed and in place.

Friday, January 24, 2020

The Gek Contemporary

 Tile clad,

and lighting fitted.

Friday, January 17, 2020

The Gek Contemporary

A new build, The Gek Contemporary Gallery, a place for Gek to host/hold miniture art. Basic frame constructed, ready to paint. The design is based on the Turner Contemporary on Margate's sea front.

The building has six near identical structures, linked by common areas.  I will stop at one.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Outhouse Completed.

Completed today. This is only half of the structure, the other half to be done during 2020.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Outhouse Progress

Last day of 2019, and the doors and shutters are on, as are the lights. Vent roof cover still need attention.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Outhouse Progress

Tiling done with the roof underway.

A couple of weeks later, tiled and window frames done.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Outhouse Progress

 Main structure completed, including the cooker chimney.

Start made on the 400+ floor tile.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

B & W Outhouse

At last, gotten round to making the servants quarters and the cook house to complete the Black and White estate.

The proofing model for the model, not an exact copy of the original, size wise. Two staff rooms only and shorter over all dimensions.

After a couple of corrections, the walls are up - almost.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Rhode Island Easy Chair

This is the  chair pictured in Norman's book. The chair was made in c. 1758 and is currently in the Metropolitan Museum of Art,  New York, USA

Use jig to form the front legs.

After fretting the back legs using scaled templates, us jig to machine the slots form cross member joints.

Similar techniques used as in the Boston chair to create the frame.

Big difference, of course, this beauty needs to be upholstered.  First attempt, after much humming and awing.

The second crack at it. Better but with room for much improvement. Well, at least the chair looks 'in scale'.  Did wonder as it was being put together.  Looked a bit on the big side, it did.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019


The photo on the front of Norman's book,

from which these miniatures are derived. Even have a tea cup and a silver candle stick !!

Monday, June 24, 2019


Norman's lowboy. This item of furniture had multiple uses from dressing table to dinning room side table, which is what it will be used for in the San Fran house.

Those legs are very slender and so in the model are integral with the 'chests' corners. A jig made for milling out the curves. That new lamp is a boon. why didn't I get one ages ago.

 The scaled copies of the aprons used to guide the fretsaw.

Having pre-cut the  side and back tangs, trim them to fit the slots in the legs.

Glue the side pieces and legs,

before assembling in the fixture.

Ready for the top.

The first frame assembled. Front and draws still to do.

Drawers made and being varnished.

Candle Table

First attempt at turning a table top.Used double sided tap to stick the blank to the the turning plate.

The table is hinged and was used as a place to put your candle before  gas lighting became common place. Need to find some very fine grained mahogany for this piece, Cuban perhaps. But where to get such small blanks?

Goes nicely with the Boston.