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

 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

Lowboy

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

Lowboy

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.

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

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.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Queen Anne Dining Area

 Cosy dinner by the fireside.

6 Boston chairs completed. Phew.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Template Built

Hand finished components to act as templates for subsequent builds.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Chair Components.


Enough for 7 chairs, hopefully. That is, 15 separate pieces make up one chair.  Been a bit of a tester this one.

Side Stretchers.

Two of these per chair. Note to self: don't forget to standerdise  the profile start from the centre end.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Side Seat Rails

Mill out the shapes, including the recesses in the top to take the seat.

Chair Back Assembly

A crude fixture to hold the parts whilst the glue sets.

Rear Splat


Use the preformed press to glue two marquetry pieces of mahogany together to achieve to curve. Sick a scaled drawing of the shape onto the part with double sided tape. Roughly machine around the profile and then finish with the fine file.

Rear Stretcher

 Set the scribes and calipers to the correct dimensions from Norman's drawings,

and turn, trying not to create too many scraped parts.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Rear Seat Rail

 First mill the top curves.

 Use a routing tool to create the side curve.

Finally mill the joint tabs. For this, first even up the ends pieces so that the component can be easily turned to create even tabs.  Tab thinkness, 1 mm.

Chair Top

Use 1 mm mill to make holes to take the rear leg pegs.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Queen Anne Update

Finally decided on the way the bathroom should look.......no tiled walls.  Still to be 'furnished, but getting there.

 Couple of additions from recent DH fair visits. A Japaneses style working mantle clock and next to it, a silver goblet. The later from a Russian silversmith who's son was manning a stall for him at the Arnhem DH fair. Also a bowl of fruit on the table.

Adding to the Chinese style for the main reception room. Also a couple of pots for the Taiwan plants Alice and Mary-Ann gifted me.

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.  

 Use the spacer for right side joints.


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 - Cabriolet 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 trp joint.y at assembly. So far so good.

After fixing the legs length against the jig, use a file to form the 1 mm dia. peg for the chair to