Planning my next project

18 Mar

With my sideboard swiftly nearing its end I have already started thinking about my next project. I hate down time and this one will involve investment to make so I thought better start thinking about it sooner then later.
It is a school project however because I am involved I a mentoring group with garret hack, I will be working on the design and some construction details in depth with him.
The piece will a be a tall case clock. I am going to be basing it off of a few different examples of English clocks and Simon Willard clocks that appeal to me. I will be mixing elements, changing proportion and adding in details of my own. I am really honored that I get to make this piece at school alongside lance Patterson who is a master clock maker, as well as designing it with garret hack who I view as a master of contemporary federal design. A real wonderful opportunity which I hope you will all follow me in!
Here are some photos of some clocks and elements inspiring me.

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A simple veneer shooting board

16 Mar

A simple way to shoot straight edges on veneer fast and easy! I made a shooting board essentially that hooks on my bench. It’s long because I am typically shooting long lengths of veneer for stringing and inlays using my low angle jack or in some cases a number 7.
In order to hold the veneer in place I have glued 100 grit sandpaper to a equally long piece of half in mdf. This allows me to push down on the veneer while I’m shooting it and eliminate any sliding and shifting that could occur. This also allows me to orient the veneer in any position I need in the case of doing wedge shape pieces or other odd shapes.
A quick simple solution to something fundamental.

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Use of shellac before finishing

15 Mar

I have been finding it extremely useful lately to use a wash coat of shellac on details. Notice that. I have shellacked all the inlaid areas of the sideboard legs. It occurred to me when I was constantly the holly details from picking up dirt and dust of random colors that why not just shellac them roughly. They were already planed and ready to go so why not seal them off and forget about them? Also some drawer photos.

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Nearing the end

15 Mar

My sideboard is finally nearing completion. Now is the time in a project where I need to stay focused because being so close to completion it can be easy for the tendency to rush to the finish to set In and cause the end result to really lack.
The last 30 percent of the project is the part I feel where extra care should be taken. This is where it all comes together. One missed step here can really cost the whole project it’s dignity.
All that’s left is the fitting of the doors and drawers. Some veneer work cock beads the top and the back boards. Although that seems like quite a bit, if all go’s as planed it will go quick. Here are some recent photos of the progress.

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