Final workshop shots of the Ellipse coffee table in production. Here I’m making the legs and under frame that’s attached to the top via treaded insert nuts and furniture hex bolts.
Here the Minnow bowl is being safely packaged up in it’s custom made crate ready for delivery.
I’ve just finished a woodturning project - a bowl in a lovely piece of Welsh olive ash, Oxfordshire brown oak and European oak. The bowl is 14” diameter and has a river ripple running through the edge and a hand carved minnow fish on the rim. Here is the project in the making, I hope I’ve done it justice.
Well the Ellipse table is progressing nicely - the top is nearly finished! The routing off set collar worked really well in producing a perfectly even ellipse, central to the book-matched design. Then the Lamello Cantex was used to flush the lippings down before sanding through the grits up to 400. I managed to get the desired two coats of A/C lacquer on the top last thing today, with nice wood texture still coming through the finish.
Today I machined the lippings to surround the burr brown oak table. Next up glue them on!
With the veneering of the top completed I’m moving on to the solid oak lipping. Here I’ve machined the inside curves before cutting to length. The outsides are left square for the clamping heads to press against. Once all glued on I’ll trim the outside of the ellipse using a router and special shop-made offset collar.
I have finally got round to organising my new timber, veneer and sheet material store. This is also the place where I will be veneering and laminating from now on, allowing more free bench space in the main workshop. Here the ellipse coffee table is the first job to be pressed in this new space!
Here the elliptical substrate has been cut out and the mating templates produced with the router. Two templates are needed that are replicated around the top. I have jointed the edges of the veneer using a special jig then cut them square with a fine toothed veneer saw (bottom image). Next I will machine the lippings and dry fit them to the substrate.
My brother Ed and I are currently developing a range of products to be launched in the near future. Stay tuned for more info on our Made by Minnow project. In the meantime here are some sneak pics of work in progress from the Coniston Workshop!
Now the divisions have been glued in place, the suede linings are cut to size. I use 0.5mm suede in cloud grey which is wrapped around thin card and individually fitted.
Here I’m using the router table with shop built cross cut sled to form the halving joints; then the final fitting is done by hand using the shooting board.
I’m making an earring / cufflink box in oak and burr oak. Here the box has been glued up with inlay set in, next it’s time to part the lid on the spindle moulder.
The ‘River’ desk that I’ve been working on is nearly finished. Today I put the first coat of oil on and the grain truly sung! This amazing piece of Welsh oak celebrates character that some might class as defective. Bellow and around the resin filled knots is the most fantastic grain rippling that looks three dimensional! Tomorrow it’s out for delivery, looking forward to seeing this in the clients home.
I have just finished a stool for a local client in South Wales. This piece is made from locally sourced Welsh oak burr. The grain is particularly striking and the seats construction allows the legs to be removed and stored away in the accompanying drawer-string bag, by way of strong magnets and locating tenon joinery.
If you are interested in mindfulness / meditation / quiet sitting, why not commission a beautifully designed comfortable seat available in a choice of solid hardwoods. I have a good selection of woods available to choose from and the stools I create range in size to suit individual requirements.
What a joy it is to change knives on a Tersa block after years of frustration setting and fiddling with spring loaded knives! This four knife block takes minutes to change and the finish left is superb - ready for the next project!