Monday, December 2, 2013
As some know, I have a great wife.
As fewer may know, she is a designer wife. She works with web / interactive design, branding, identity, and the list continues. She's darn good.
As even fewer may know, I have started a career path/journey in web development.
Eva designed a new website and I implemented it in code, which is to say developed it.
It is now LIVE at an internet near you!
I've spent the past number of months really diving into the development waters and learning to swim. This is why this blog has seen even fewer updates than before.
I'm not closing my shop door, but am currently not starting any spec furniture pieces. I am fully prepared and welcome commissions (and likely some pieces for the home/Eva).
Things will continue to change around here. I am not turning this into a dev blog, but someday down the road will move it to be a part of my combined professional personality site.
So, don't have a furniture need but do have some design / web needs? We can help you out!
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Also it tears. As soon as there is a dive to the grain "shhhh-crugh!" (is that was a tear sounds like?).
Looks like I'm going to reacquaint myself with the cabinet scraper on this one.
Using the planer was a painfully slow and loud process on a count of the Hickory's hardness.
While I was edge gluing bits to make up the carcass components I worked on the door bending form pictured above. I got a little carried away with the thickness of it, but I'm sure it wont deform under clamping pressure. One could get away with a much thinner form when using a vac press but I'm just going the mechanical route.
I got some sheets of 1/8" Baltic Birch clamped on the form to make the door substrates and moved on to working the main carcass pieces.
This one is made from amazingly tight grained Yellow Cedar, very stable. You can make them any size you want, and the wood edge wont mar your project. You just use one side as a straight edge, you check that against the other half for trueness, and use a hand plane to adjust. Might sound unfamiliar but they are very accurate.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Hello, it has sadly been a few months since last time!
This new project is one that has been in the air for a few months but have just got a real start on it.
This is a project for some good friends and their new addition to the family.
The Bremers were passed down a rocking chair that, I believe, Grandpa Bremer had been rocked in.
The chair was made in Red Oak and included scroll-ish design. They desire a table to go along side it that also acted as a storage piece.
What we've come to is a sort of genre bending cabinet.
It will be about 28" tall. Taller than a typical side-table but significantly lower that I would typically make a vertical storage cabinet.
It will have a bowed front and sides, also include probably a pair of drawers.
I chanced upon some Hickory aka Pecan. There were a few boards of nice clear planks, particularly clean for the species. Unfortunately all that was available was 4/4" stock, and not enough of the same selection for the whole cabinet. I picked up two more boards of a different nature that I thought matched.
Turns out they did not match each other. I had wanted to make solid doors, but looks like I am again forced into veneering the doors.
As I understand the names Hickory and Pecan are associated with different characteristics of the wood. "Hickory" being a more uniform "plain" variety and "Pecan" having more variation and contrast. In that case you could say that the carcass will be "Hickory" and the doors will be "Pecan."
Whatever the case may be I hope they look good together.
The pink tones in the Hickory should make it a compliment to the Red Oak chair. I think I will use some Red Oak for the little stand if I can find a nicely red piece.
Before I went to cutting veneer, I glued up a blank for my bending form. Hoorah!
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Monday, March 25, 2013
Continuing the Amp Stand. I'm shaping the end grain "terminals" a bit. I'm giving them a subtle three dimensional rounding. It will soften the overall appearance of the otherwise straight lined piece.
I cut or splice the veneer in strategic spots and angles to best match color and grain when they are joined. I use my little jointer plane to shoot the edges straight and smooth to make the seam virtually disappear.
Yes, I've grown found of certain bottles to hold my finishes, what do you use?
The main substrate I'm using is Baltic Birch plywood. I've applied some Poplar pieces to the perimeter. It's an old or perhaps "impractical" step to add these edges we call "bake-ins." What it does for me is to give me a solid wood edge to work with when planing and joining the edges. It works more easily, creates a stronger joint, and simply allows for higher quality results.
You don't need a ton of glue, its not gravy. But a little extra is usually preferable to being too thin.
Pre-finishing continues, some uncomfortable angled glues-up will follow next time.
Monday, March 18, 2013
This one is furniture of a bit different kind. I'm making an Amp Stand for a guitarist that has spent many years honing their craft and gear.
This is the mock-up on the left and the pieces for the finished product to the right. Kind of funny how much it looks like a chair. That's what happens when a furniture maker designs and amp stand heh.
This drawing represents the main rail, that the amp's bottom will sit on, and the connection to the front leg. There is to be a through tenon in the main rail so room for joinery from the leg is tight. I decided to opt for three dowels. In this case it is a more effective use of space than a tenon.
On to the through tenon mortises. I was a bit nervous about this because it has been so long since I've done free-hand mortise cutting, and it's a fairly big bit at the end of a rail. Luckily this Walnut is working nicely and the process quickly came back to me.
Taping your work-piece to a backer board prevents blow-out and adds stability to your work-piece.
I'm feeling pretty good about my rate of progress thus far. I hope I haven't jinxed it!
Monday, March 4, 2013
It is an addition to Eva's tiny bathroom remodeling, which as you may see is still not complete. I've done my part, and am fairly pleased with it.
May not be my finest work, but hey, it's a pretty nice bathroom medicine cabinet!
I've been away from the blog a bit. I hope to get back at it with some more projects.
Next, I'm looking to build an Amp Stand for a nice little combo amp. More on that later!
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Yep, I'm engaged. Phew!
I had the ring commissioned from Britta Lynn Kauppila. She's a wonderful metal smith working between Duluth and Minneapolis. I couldn't have been happier with the ring. Eva says the same.
Friday, January 4, 2013
Enkel - Simple: uncomplicated, clear, obvious.
It seems as time passes it becomes increasingly difficult to find the tried and true, obvious goods which memory or inkling recalls as ought to be.
The labor required becomes seen as too costly. The solutions are not fresh or novel. The growing desire for more goods rather than better ones. There are numerous reasons for this drought of obvious goods. I can’t be the only one who finds it frustrating and a shame.
Always interested in craft education, I figured I’d give a try at a very approachable product for just about anyone, not to mention an obvious gift good. Perhaps something to use in the new year and beyond?
It just may look something like the one your grandfather made back when.
The Enkel Board is made using a laminated edge-grain construction. This makes the cutting surface harder and the board more stable. The rectangular shape maximizes use of space and simplicity of storage. Both sides are equally useable without feet or other gadgets. Simple application of mineral oil is food safe and keeps the board healthy.
In the pursuit of excellence, each board is purposefully selected from raw material and carefully reconstructed to maintain the integrity of the lumber, given near obsessive surface quality, and hand softened edges.
All Enkel Boards are ¾” to 13/16” thick. Large boards measure between 10”x19” and 11”x20”. Small boards measure between 6.5”x12” and 7.25”x13”.
I like to use air-dried Maple particularly in this case for its warmer color which works better with the mineral oil. Also for its added variation in colors which makes for more interesting pieces. In this case, the small board pictured exhibits a bit of spalting.
Nicholas Nelson's Etsy page. If there seems to be interest, it's something I may put together between projects or to order.
Happy New year!