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

 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.

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.

To mill the joints, use the vice to orientate using a square to set the vertical.

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.