I was asked to look at repairing an old car frame for a friend I had previously done some work for. So I gave it a go and here are the results. Basically, I had to copy and remake the rotten frame reusing as much original parts as practical to do so. The frame is solid Ash and will be skinned in sheet steel to form the body around the engine and bulkhead. Slightly tricky to do as it needs to be dead accurate to match upto the rest of the car and none of its square, (I‘ve got the rear frame to do next)!
Morris Minor 1932
Morris Minor 1932
I started this project by producing a series of sketches as the customer wanted a new design. It had to be light weight and in keeping with their existing furniture, but also movable. So I produced this unit, mounted on casters so it can be moved, with open sides and back to save weight. It is made from locally sourced solid Oak finished in Danish oil with pull out shelf. The customer is going to mount a printer at the base and laptop on the top. Traditionally joined with dovetails.
Shelf Slides Out
The customer had seen an image of a style they liked and asked me to produce a table along the same theme to their measurements. Really interesting table to make this one with suspended legs at an angle that almost feel architectural. Made from locally sourced solid Ash with Danish Oil finish.
Coffee Table Ash
Coffee Table Ash
Coffee Table Underside
I made a template of this one as the shape and size was really important to the function and storing of the table. Made from solid Maple to match the rest of the boat, with turned base and shaped top. The top hinges through 90 degrees to aid storing when the sofa becomes a bed! The top has a curved shape to suit the gangway through the boat.
Maple Table Folded
Soild Oak porthole liners, made as per the customers sketch to match existing liners already installed on the boat. I have kept the wall thickness deep as requested by the customer. As with all my liners they have been turned on a lathe and finished to a high standard, sanded smooth. I have left no holes in them so you are able to fasten them as you choose.
Made from solid brown Oak finished in oil. I was asked to produce a door sign for a model maker as a Christmas present. The brief was clear, it should say “Dad’s Den” and he likes Biplanes, so this is what I came up with.
‘The Links’, made from a single piece of solid Oak. The material around the letter has been cut away to leave the letters proud. Oiled finish.
‘Grass Bites Farm’, made from softwood and ply. This is an economy version of the above for a trade show stand. A solid pine board has been made and shaped, then laser cut letters bonded to its face. These letters have then been stained black and the whole sign varnished – simple and effective.
Solid Oak table, one of a matched pair I’ve made for the same customer. Stained to match the existing Oak furniture in the house, finished with oil. The four legs are strengthened with cross bases near the bottom which have round tenons turned onto the ends. These tenons protrudes through the leg as a feature and are permanently fastened in place. I have also cut delicate shaped flutes into the legs which follow the arch and give the design some detail. Made to suit the customers sizes.
These have been designed and measured to actually put pressure on the porthole glass and the inside finished lining, rather then just acting a trim. The customer sent me a hand drawn sketch of what was needed and specified an additional shoulder for strength. I in turn produced a drawing based on the sketch so the design could be signed of and production could begin. A nice size to work with and a joy to make, accurately made to within about 0.5mm as the sizes where critical. Made in solid Oak with no visible fixings marks, these where collected by Inter Parcel and delivered direct to the customer.
Made from solid Oak in a similar method to a narrow boat porthole. These are made to suit a set of painted railway plates. Intended to be mounted inside a narrow boat, the customer asked me to make a set of 8 to match the portholes liners I had already made. The plate sits into a recess on the back and is held in place with hot melt glue, thus not marking the wood or plate.