miércoles, 21 de diciembre de 2016

A nice simple picture frame

Eva, who attended to my introductory workshop on joinery, asked for another one on making picture frames. I liked very much the idea and put myself to task. Here is the example I have made to show my students.

It actually is a great exercise, moderately challenging for a beginner but quite complete: we see mitered corners reinforced with splines, ploughing the glass rebates, the use of a hand plane to shoot end grain and finishing with shellac and carnauba wax. The basic structure can be completed by a student within one day, although cutting the back board and the glass to size and finishing could take some more.

It can be a good opportunity to introduce some machines such as a power router and miter saw, without forgetting some good accurate handwork.

An example in american white oak.

With the shooting board you can creep up to a perfect 45º miter and dimension the pieces to identical sizes.

Frame components ready for glue up.

A nice crisp joint with no glue line. 

Cutting the grooves for the reinforcement splines.

The splines are pieces of veneer that provide some long-grain gluing surface and in the case above, the dovetail disposition gives some extra mechanical resistance.

I like the simplicity of these little back holders.

Last step: finishing with shellac and carnauba wax.

A perfect smooth surface, pleasant to touch and to look at.

martes, 13 de diciembre de 2016

Texturing with carving gauges

I've been thinking for quite some time about introducing textures in the pieces of furniture that I am building. I have borrowed some antique gouges from a friend and here are some tests on a scrap piece of beech. You can see the tool's profile and foot print they leave. I'm happy with the results (specially the one at the top right) and I start now to do a research on brands and makers. Pfeil is on top of the list for now, but I'd love to find a fine gouge maker and buy some hand made. Any tips?

lunes, 12 de diciembre de 2016

Stock preparation for the upcoming workshops

I've been preparing the stock for the introductory workshops to come in December and also in January. 

Here you can see some nice european oak, american white oak, pine and some reclaimed exotic wood from a closing workshop, which I'm not sure what it is. It is a pleasure to work, though!

Here, some medullary rays smiling at you. I try to give the students good quality stock, quarter-sawn when possible.

Some shots on the introduction workshop we did the last weekend. 
Next dates are December 17th / 18th and January 28th / 29th.