Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Friday, November 16, 2012

#1 V's #1.1

Thought I'd do a stand-off against the prototype with both barrels blazing to see which one had the quickest draw in the West. They say repition leads to refinement. What do you think, good, bad or ugly? I enjoyed the process of revisiting the design to see if I could find enlightenment. Especially after spending a year sitting in the proto mulling it over.

I introduced compound angled joinery to open up the front legs, moved the back legs out with a curve, and tweaked the backrest & seat geometry. I was also was more careful with the grain graphics and how I lay out the patterns on the slab. Both frames came out of the same Elm tree that I harvested with Dan. We'll have to wait for the new year for the leatherwork to be done by Fiveleft, good things are worth waiting for.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Taking shape

A few in-progress chair 1.1 pics: Compound angle joinery on the mortiser; Cleaning up the bandsawn curve on the back legs. Ganging up the back legs with double sided tape & shaping together kept things consistent, and it's good practise cutting to your line on the bandsaw; Bent lamination; mitered double bridles coming together; pile of parts with joints fitted, ready for pre-finish and glue-ups.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Winding Up



Just as well summer finally came to a gruesome, abrupt end. All that glorious weather did nothing for shop productivity. Realising I needed to capitalise on monsoon season and gain some traction, I dragged a bunch of Elm slabs into the shop hoping that something will transpire. Lots of rough milling so far (with a fair share of time spent staring at the slabs planning the cuts). While the kitchen buffet/sideboard parts rest and acclimatise, I've started on chair #1.1 after refining the design and introducing some compound angled joinery.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


Here's Meredith's interview/bunkhausDESIGN plug:


Also might be worth checking out some of the other interviews in the series:


Thursday, June 28, 2012

Motion Pictures

Looks like the marketing department finally got off its ass. Perhaps they're shooting a little studio space think-piece? Actually a furniture making friend of mine Meredith Nicole was selected for a 5 minute interview clip & she needed a sweet looking shop to film in. done. Pretty cool.

Milling & Mortises

Pics of some 12/4 Black Walnut getting sliced up for a pantry door. Walnut for the frame, arbutus for the panels. and double 3/16 floating mortise & tenons. I like 3/16; easier to double up, pleasant to cut, tenons don't need to be super thick.