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.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

San Fran - Stairway

This has been quite a challenge,

 but the ground floor now has access to the first floor!!!

Couple of tiny, tiny jobs to do before totally satisfied with it, then time to make the furniture.

OK, this one just for Swi.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Lights On

A couple more lights to install but mostly up and lit.

Now the 'couple' installed

Must remember to order some more picture rail.  Blue tack looks just a tad tacky.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Potted Flowers.

Finally, the hydrangea flowers I acquired at the Milan DH fair in February are assembled  and 'planted' in one of the terracotta pots supplied by Oretta.

Monday, April 30, 2018

San Fran House - Outside Walls

Front completed

Right side completed.

Left side completed.

Rear.  Chimney bricks need grouting, dormer window need cladding and chimney top needs attention. Other wise, also done job

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Black and White at Night.


There are still works to be done on this house, but San Fran taking priority at the moment.