Monday, November 23, 2015

Busy Busy Busy

I have not posted a new blog in a long time.  I have had a very busy summer and fall that has not left me with a lot of free time.  I did just start an instagram page- timothyclarkfurniture that I am using quite a bit.  Mostly, I am posting shots of work in progress right from
the shop.  You can see a small slideshow at the right on this page.

I am just finishing up a king size Painted Pencil Post Bed that will be going to Texas soon.  It is my second pencil post bed to Houston in the last six months. Interesting.   The pictures below were taken after the first coat of milk paint.  It is still gray and dull looking.  After the second coat, it will be oiled and then sealed and will have a dark look with a low sheen.

Shavings from planing out the various parts of the bed.

Below is a drawing of the huge bench that has taken up much of my time lately. It will be over 25' long and will turn a corner at each end and run for a bit over 4'.  So in all, it will be around 33' feet long. The Buddha had 33 teeth they say.  So therefore...     when I finish I may just achieve Nirvana.  Just checking to see if anyone is reading this.
The crest rail is almost completed on the end of the bench.

OK, a few shots of Stella who always keeps me entertained.

Have a good Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Curly Maple Trestle Table with Painted Base and a New Cod Rib Rocker

Last week I finally delivered this table to a very nice couple in Vermont.  Many think that I would do a lot of work for people in Vermont but usually my local work amounts to one order per year.

I was very happy to receive this note a few days after the delivery.

"A note to let you know how much we appreciate the beautiful craftsmanship and finished result of the tiger maple trestle table.  The words used by our guests were’ stunning’ and they reflect our own sentiments.  You surprised our expectations!"

A tiger maple key to match the top.

Below is a new Cod Rib Rocker with the added detail of the carved gutter around the base of the spindles.  A while back, the same client in California requested the gutter detail on some New Waltham Side chairs.  I usually only put the gutter on my painted chairs but I think it looks nice.
Don't be afraid to suggest detail additions or modifications.  Many times the results are great.

The garden is doing great after all of the rain that we had.
Enjoy the rest of July.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Trestle Table w/ Round Ends All Finished

I finally finished this table, photographed it, and it is now in it's new home.  I received a call from the client when the table arrived and they were very happy with how it came out. I love those calls.  I am looking forward to seeing pictures of it in place.

On to the next projects.
I have made a lot of progress on a pencil post bed, but am waiting for some custom hardware that I need before I can finish it.
In the meantime, I have started the next Trestle Table that will have a rectangle top and a painted base, a Cod Rib Rocker, a 5 1/2' Waltham Bench, and a set of Waltham Chairs.

size- 40" wide, 74" long, 30" tallTrestle Table w/ Round Ends
cherry trestle table
cherry trestle table
herry trestle table

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Back in the Shop

Before I went in for hip surgery, three weeks ago, I started a trestle table with round ends.  The round ends posed a bit of a challenge as a hand cut radius is very hard to make to appear true.  So, I made a jig for the router and cut the curves that way.

The edge treatment for this table base and top is a round that is less than a bullnose.  A router is used to define a uniform depth and then the curve is shaped by hand with a plane.  Below, shows the edge of the table routed and then finished.

Since I have recovered I have been working on the trestle base for the table.  I am make the joints with full through tenons, top and bottom that are wedged and pegged.

This detail of the trestle foot, shows the edge treatment that all of the parts receive.

A few shots of the shop below on a nice sunny day.

Below are a couple of Cod Rib Rockers that I dropped off at the Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury, VT just before my surgery.

And finally, below are some shots that show a 5' Waltham Bench seat being shaped. Another project that I finished before my surgery.

Enjoy the sunny weather. I got out for my first bike ride with my new hip.  That was really fun even if it was just 1/4 mile or so.  Happy Spring!