Sunday, January 29, 2012

First snow, first drawer

This winters first snow came today.

Assembling the first drawer. You can see the groove for the drawerbottom.

All the drawerfronts finished. I can't make more sides because my last 0.3mm milling cutter broke this afternoon so I have to wait for a new batch from Germany.

First drawer ready. Ten more to go. Final finishing will wait until all drawers is made.

Have fun

Monday, January 16, 2012

Well. I can't resist!

First try. Diameter is 4.6mm.

Intended for this:

From the book "Queen Ane Furniture, History, design and construction, Measured drawings for 18 classic pieces" by Noeman Vandal.

Have fun

Friday, January 13, 2012

Sometimes you change your mind.

I couldn't get this little project out of my mind so here it is.

Not much to say. Photos speaks for themselves :-)

Forming Legs

Cutting tabs on legs

Turning pillar

Mounting legs

Birdcage on milkcap

Tabletop vertical

Tabletop horizontal

From the backside

Have more fun

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Spring is coming (maybe)

Something yellow hit my eye when giong to my workshop this morning.


Well my birthday is next month and we (nearly) always have snow that day.

Have fun 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Handturnings in miniature

Today came the long awaited letter from The Guild School. I got my first choices. Two classes on carving with Ann High. That will be fun!

Well the header says "Handturning in miniature" so on we go.

I was in need for some turned legs for my small cabinets and the size made me select my watchmakers lathe for the turnings. The wood I start out with is 4mm by 4mm and is fits in a standard collet on the lathe.

The standard handturning rest requires that you cam control the tool in three directions. Not easy.
So instead of using a standard handtoolrest I have this special toolholder.  In that toolholder the toolbit is mounted at the centerheight of the lathe. and then used by sliding on a flat surface mounted on the lathe.

Then I only have to concentate on moving the tool in two directions.

But still ......

And success. Two legs to be taken apart and mounted on a cabinet.

This principle of toolholder can easily be adapted to other small lathes for handturning small objects in wood or metal.

Have fun
PS: My lathe is a Lorch 8mm Lefthand lathe. Some of you may notice that the headstock of the lathe is located to the right and I haven't mirrored the images but most european watchmaker's lathes is used that way. In many Ebay listings of watchmakers lathes the images shows the headstock to the left (like on a machinists lathe) but most of them is mounted wrong, you can easily see if the image is wrong because the locking handle below the headstock is behind the lathe if it is mounted properly.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

About 300 small pieces of wood later!

 During the last few weeks I have finished this "little" project in scale 1/48.

The idea for this project was inspired from the seminar Bill Robertson gave about a 1/48-scale dollshouse at "The Guild School" in 2010.





All drawers (even the small in the secretaire) is dovetailed.

Happy New Year and have fun.

PS: My next project will be in a larger scale.