Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Brown Oak Coffee Table Finished.

OK where were we, thats right, Resin...

Mix 5-1 and pour.

All done.

I stood over this and burst the air bubbles when they appeared, then re-poured to fill the voids to excess.

Wait 24hrs and then sand, starting with 40g Brilliant

Then up to 240g Granat.

Polishing time, I'm using Fiddes Hard Wax Oil.

Little bit different and will look nice in my living room. 
Thanks for looking

Friday, 6 January 2012

Brown Oak Coffee Table II.

Okay didn't get much done on this yesterday because of the power cut, but a bit more progress today..

Started off by running the legs past my spindle/shaper, and knocking the corners off to a 1/2" radius.

This is one of the legs in profile, I still wanted to retain the square chunky look so didn't totally round the legs as I first thought I would.

The end frames were then cleaned up and glued.

The Ebony dovetail keys were then cut out and placed ready for inlaying them.

Bit like a cross stitch once inlayed.

I'm waiting on a delivery of west's epoxy next week, so will update when that arrives.
Thanks for looking.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Sycamore Cabinet.

I wasn't going to post this until after the coffee table was completed, but I have only just got power back on after the storm last night, so today has been a bit of a right off.

Anyway.. this little cabinet is in my bedroom where there used to be an open fire, I don't need an open fire in my room anymore, so thought I would take it out and see if I could make better use of the space. I decided to run electrics for a wall mounted TV to be fitted at some point above the cabinet, plus some cables for DVD/Blueray, etc. So heres what I came up with..

The drawers are traditionally made and run on timber err.... runners , and will be used to hold remotes and my daughters' favorite DVD's. The bottom cabinet will hold a DVD or a PS3. As you can see me and my wife haven't been able to reach a decision on knobs as of yet, I want little walnut or ebony pulls, she wants glass knobs that look like diamonds!!!!!
Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Brown Oak Coffee Table.

OK I thought I would start on my much needed coffee table, as my living room looks a bit stark without one at present, and we are using the floor to rest cups on (its only a matter of time before I spill coffee/tea on my new carpets). The timber for this table I have had for a while, perhaps five years, I bought it with a coffee table in mind, and now is the time to use it. It started as a waney edged board about 7' long and about 20' wide, so giving me enough for a 4' long table top and four legs, plus some rails for underneath.

Cut the top to length.

I decided on showing all the faults to the top, and will deal with them in due course. I thought I would give the ends a bit of a rounded appearance, sort of like a gothic arch.

As you can see some of the splits are quite bad.

Now onto the base, I'm going for a kind of retro 60s/70s look, so have sloped the legs in from both aspects.

As you can see from the photo above, I didn't have quite enough brown oak for the long rails, so these will either be stained to match or will be fumed with Ammonia.

There is a good chance that these will never be seen under the top, as I have set them in a bit.

Thats as far as I've got today, still need to ease all the edges to give a more rounded feel to the table, and I hope to update tomorrow. Thanks for looking. 

Painted Bookcases.

Happy new year to all...Hope you had a good un! As they say around these parts.

These were the last job before the holidays, they are constructed entirely from Moisture Resistant MDF. Which I find to be a much higher quality board than the normal MDF, it machines much better than normal MDF,  leaves a better edge for painting, though you still need to use a sanding sealer prior to paint. It costs roughly double the cost of normal MDF, but its worth the extra cost for a better product. The shelves are laminated from three pieces of 13 mm MRMDF, this gives a very stiff board and will prevent sagging, and the bottom cabinets are to house some filing cabinets that the client wanted to hide.

Thanks for looking.