Saturday, October 20, 2018

Boston Chair Prototype Completed (well almost)


Frame minus the stretch spindles, 

three of which for each chair to turn.

Cover the seat pad with leather cloth, and job done. Still need to make and fit pieces between the front legs and chair rails.  Now to make 6 more of much higher quality, if I can(?)  all down to Norman's great drawings.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Seat Side Rails


Jig for profiling and recessing to take seat pad. Also joint tabs cut to angle and cut to length here.  

Front Seat Rail




    • Cut the underside recess using the even profile on the side of the jig.
    • Machine the outside profile.
    • Machine the recess using the profile on the opposite side of the jig.
    • Using the jig saw cut the outside of the rail end tags. Use the cuts in the jig to establish the correct position for the cuts.
    • Finish the tabs by hand using the jigsaw.

    Monday, October 15, 2018

    Master Bedroom Update.

    Picture installed with hangings. What to do about curtains?

    Kitchen Clock

    A first for one of my dollhouses, a working clock.

    No excuse for the cook now, meals delivered to table on the dot!!!

    Monday, September 3, 2018

    Boston Chair Prototype = Cabriole Legs


    The first.  Need to modify the curve on the jig but a good start.

    Sunday, September 2, 2018

    Boston Chair Prototype - The Back


    The first of a few (????) to come with all the jigs and templates just to make the chair back and rear legs.

    Monday, August 27, 2018

    Boston Chair - Back Legs


    With a little jiggery pockery using Arcsoft on scanned drawings from Norman's book to make paper templates,

    I first put together a jig to achieve repeatably for the slender legs.  Since 6 chairs are need for the set, 12 as near identical legs as is practical to achieve is a major goal.

    The jig is first used to mark out with a draftsman's pencil  one side of the legs profile on the mahogany, 3mm thick, before roughing the shape using the fret saw.

    I came across this method of  finishing a profile on Utube in a search for how to make the front legs, more of which later.  Essentially, the pin is used as a guide to follow the profile required.


    Using the jig,

    the cut on the leg is guided by the profile. I found that there was a danger of the jig lifting as the tool sometimes snatches the wood, spoiling the work piece or worse, damaging the profile on the jig - hence the enclosed cutter.  A damaged jig means making a fresh one!!!  Also, a bit safer to use with less chance of catching your fingers. Ouch!!!  Repeat the process for the other side of the leg.


    Dada.......12 legs for 6 chairs.

    The next task is to machine the holes and slots for the chairs' stretchers and seat supports, using the jig turned on its end this time. The positioning of the slots is taken from the paper template of the leg.

    Another jig was made to assist in machining the slots and holes on the inward facing surfaces of the legs, 6 being left hand and 6 right hand for the stretchers connecting the two legs.

    The slots and hole were machined using a 1mm diameter  mill.

    To be perfectly honest, I was very skeptical about being able to turn wood down to a 1mm diameter,  but here is the proof that it can be done. 

    The first try at assembly. So far so good.

    Furniture Making..... in Miniature


    I have a couple of books on how to make miniature furniture but my guide book of preference is by Norman Vandal on how to make Queen Anne furniture....full size furniture that is.

    Each piece has scale drawings of its components which make scaling from a scanned copy down to 1/12th scale a doddle.

    So, for this is the second 'furniture' to make, a Queen Anne side chair to accompany the already made dining table. Will need to to make six of these.



    Sunday, August 19, 2018

    Dining Table

     After a bit more practice, two acceptable, for now, turned table legs

    which together with some 'feet' and a top

    make up the first piece of new furniture to put in the San Fran house. The cockle jars are to keep mentholated spirit, olive oil and the 'pad' in which are used to do the French polishing.  Not quite mastered that to my own satisfaction yet but getting there, sloooowly.