Friday, February 17, 2012

Hubris 101b: Turning Quarter Columns

I turned the quarter columns for the dressing table on which I am working. It's the first time I've turned and now I'm here to teach you how I did it.

Getting the profile I wanted was remarkably similar to using hollows and rounds: Establish the flats/fillets and knock off the corners.

The result:

I imagine the reason I love this hobby is the problem solving that goes along with it. I turned the columns Wednesday night and thought about how I was going to add the fluting that night. This was my solution. 

The fence rides the poplar.

I glued the front two on yesterday morning and just took the clamps off.

I am on schedule for bringing this to the NWA show in Saratoga, NY at the end of March. Construction is to be complete by 3/1 and I will spend March on the finish.

Outside of the Lie-Nielsen Handtool Events that I often attend, NWA will likely be the only (and biggest) show at which I will exhibit in 2012.

Question: does this fall in the 'Table' category? It's not a 'Case, Cabinet or Desk', right?

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Moulded Edge of Chippendale Dressing Table Top

Another busy morning...

Rabbet plane

#4 Round

#6 hollow to a full width shaving  followed by tipping it at a more severe angle to transition it smoothly into the vertical face. This turns a circle segment into an oval segment 

Flip it, #4 hollow mimicking the shape of a #3.

Take the corners off at a 45 degree angle and repeat
The picture above was supposed to be a video. I put the camera on the wrong setting.

Try this quick one. I'm making the shallow yellow rabbet illustrated above.


All of the planes I used have square irons. Work across the grain on both sides first. I saved taking the corners off until the end so that I didn't have to worry about blow out.

The next thing is the quarter columns. I've never turned before and have been putting it off for a long time. Wednesday night is guild night. You might see them on Thursday.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Support Moulding for Chippendale Dressing Table

Quickly now...

Rabbet Plane

Rabbet Plane followed by #4 hollow

Rabbet Plane followed by #6 hollow then #6 round

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Get Woodworking Week

Apparently it's 'Get Woodworking Week' so I need to write a blogpost.

Here are a few different views from my shop's window today.

Sheldon is my oldest at 6 years old.
Take note of the full strokes for the second half of the video. Feeling the flow, Working it.

At 4 years old, Thaddeus is my middle.
He ultimately got an 'A' for effort (and not Amputation)

It has been a long 'Get Woodworking Week' for Thad.

You're probably hoping that next week is 'Get Safe Week' or 'Become Responsible Week'. You may not be so lucky. Chris Schwarz stopped by during 'Play Excessively Close to a Bonfire and Make it Bigger Week'.

For the record, my wife WAS watching. She had the youngest with her hauling branches she cut off with the chainsaw....seriously.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Central Shell and Acanthus Leaves

Here are a couple pictures of the shell as your requested. There is still work to be done on the acanthus leaves on the drawer.

Everything looks good with them until I see these pictures.

I am done carving the shell.

It should be said that Chuck Bender of The Acanthus Workshop and NoBSWoodworking helped me learn how to carve acanthus leaves a few years ago. I traded carving lessons for moulding planes and yada, yada, yada, here I am. He's a phenomenal teacher with a portfolio that is second to none.

If the carving is poor then please disregard the fact that I just referenced Chuck a half dozen time.

I am really happy with it.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

More Focus on the Shell

I spent more time with the shell on the drawer this morning. It will be the focus of attention, after all. A few changes made a world of difference.

I will likely pick at this thing until I make a fatal error.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Drawer Lip

I have a large order coming up that includes a few planes for drawer lips. I intended to 'test' one of the planes on the drawers for my dressing table.

The beauty of having hollows, rounds, etc. is that I do not have to wait.

The goal
Rabbet plane 

#4 hollow to full width shaving followed by tipping the plane on its side to knock off the corner, making the circle an ellipse. 

The result...
1 down.

an hour later last night. Now I can get on to carving.

Early to bed, early to rise.
It was a busy morning.

Obligatory photo

NWA, here I come.