Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Busy Spring- Trestle Table and Many Windsor Chairs

Lots of things going on in the shop these days.
I am building one of my Trestle Tables w/ Leaves as well as around 20 chairs for a few different orders.

checking the surface during the process of hand planing the table top

My brother, Steve,  has been helping me out a bit lately with the work load. Thanks Steve.

all of the parts of the trestle table get a hand planed edge treatment. Just one of the details that set it apart from a  factory made table.

trestle through tenon joint ready for wedging

trestle clamped glues and wedged, (upside down) leaning against the table top

post and base of trestle

roughed out parts before shaping.
Below are a couple of shots of my new project boat. I have had plans to build one of these for 10 years but this one became available at a good price.  The name is Siri and it was built in Africa in 1981.  That's when I graduated from high school.  

It is hard to believe that we were in a deep freeze not long ago.
Enjoy the new weather.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Windsor Chairs and a Thriving Economy

I have not been very good about posting this past month or so.  Things are very busy right now.  I seem to be setting up deliveries and writing quotes for orders quite often these days.  A good sign for the economy I think.  

Below is a photo that I received the other day of a set of my Waltham Chairs that I made for a Vermont client last year.  A fellow guild member, Paul Donio made the table and at present I am making six of my New Waltham Side Chairs for another client who is also having a table made by Paul.

The client notes-  "I didn't realize it when I took the shot, but everything in it, even the forged candlesticks and watercolor painting in the background, are all done by Vermont artisans."

I love the canvas floor cloth.  It is made in Perkinsville by  Lisa Curry Mair of Canvasworks.

windsor chairs, timothy clark, vermont furniture, hand made

We are finally getting a bit of snow.  3 or so inches so far. Not much, but believe it or not, they cancelled school today.  It is pretty.
Back to the shop to put the backs on a couple of Waltham Arm Chairs and to work on a 6' Cod Rib Settee. 
Enjoy the snow.  

Next up- New Waltham Chairs and a Trestle Table w/ leaves.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Trestle Table with Painted Base

This is a trestle table that I made for my house.  The base is my standard trestle table design but I decided that I had to speed things up a bit so instead of full through mortice and tenons on all of the trestle joints, I used my bed bolt joinery techniques.  It saved me some unpaid time but is just as strong as the traditional methods.  Also, the the bolted cross beam instead of the wedged tenon leaves a cleaner look I think.  The only drawback is the visible socket where the nuts are inserted in the inside.  On this painted version, I do not mind that.  
Anyway, I will be offering this to Trestle Table clients as an option.  
The slots on the top are for the table top hold-down cleats.  The other three are for the nuts that go with the bolts which hold the trestle parts together.

I really like this bolt on the end of the trestle.

My table is curly maple which can be very hard to find and is finicky in that it moves a lot.  Cherry is more stable and would look great with a painted base.

Enjoy the pre-Christmas season,

Friday, November 29, 2013

Finished Cherry Pencil Post Bed

This king size pencil post bed made it to the New York City area last week. Below are a few shots of the finished bed.  
posts and top cross pieces ready for loading into the car
My signature, date and weather when finished, on the back side of the headboard.
a bed, too big to photograph properly.  photoshop?

My slat system that supports the mattress.

The rail to post bolts that I use on all of my beds.  Very strong.

Right now in the shop, I am busy on a Farm House Bed, a Painted Pencil Post Bed, and a couple of  New Waltham Side Chairs.

It should be getting a bit warmer tomorrow.
Enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Pencil Post Bed Progress

Fitting a headboard for a pencil post bed can be a challenge since the posts are not straight and as you can see in the picture below, the joining face on the post can not be scribed directly from the post to the headboard stock.  That was a long sentence.

 Below, you can see the cutout and joint marked in pencil and a spline is bent to create the curve of the top edge of the headboard.

The shot below shows the headboard joint during the first test assembly.  The post is not yet sanded.

Here is the whole bed, minus the top cross pieces.
Finished photos will come soon.  As you can see, it can be difficult to set up a king size bed in my shop. Photographing it is much harder.

This bed is getting it's final wax coat today and will head to the New York City area early tomorrow morning. 
Enjoy the cold.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Making the Pencil Posts for a cherry king size bed

Making pencil post is one of my favorite jobs that I do.  The post that runs as a square for about 2' (depending on the finished height of the mattress) and then transitions into an eight sided taper to the top is a very complex piece to create.   It starts with machine accuracy as the four posts are milled out square, drilled at one end with a registration hole, and tapered on four sides on the table saw with a jig that is only used to that purpose.  Then the fun starts.

The spar-makers scribe scratches lines that follow the taper and designate where the addition four facets will be added.  I have been using this same scribing tool for about 27 years ever since Tom Kiley showed me how to make one after learning from an article in WoodenBoat magazine.  I started my professional furniture making career while working for Tom in Charlotte, Vermont in 1986.  

Anyway, this tool was originally used to help make a tapering sailing ship spar even as it was cut with hand tools.    In the case of the pencil post, we are leaving the facets on the post.  If I wanted a rounded taper, I would just plane off all of the edges of the facets. The spar makers scribe is pictured below. The tiny points between the pegs are the scribes.

Back to beds.  In the image below I am carving the fair curve of the lamb's tongue with a straight chisel.  It takes a lot of practice to get this right but it is the best way to make this transitional part from facet to square.

The images below are of a completed lamb's tongue and facet.  At the bottom is a video of finishing a facet with a hand plane.

Back to the shop to get this bed done.

Enjoy the darker evenings with the clocks changed back an hour.  Personally, I'd rather that they did not change it so that I could get more done outside in the afternoons.


Friday, September 13, 2013

New 5' Waltham Bench w/ Thin Crest Rail

This is a design that I have wanted to do for a long while now and I was lucky enough to get an order for one and then another order for the same bench and two matching arm chairs to go with it. Below are some shots before painting.  The black bench is very pretty but hard to photograph. Some of the details come out a little better when the bench is in its raw state.  This bench was delivered today to the New York side of Lake Champlain.  It was kind of a wild ride on the ferry crossing. see video below.

the bench in place in its new home. the new owner tells me that the chairs will be replaced to go better with the new table and bench.