Fitting drawers takes a lot of patience and a surprising amount of concentration for such a slow process. It can be tiresome but when the drawer finally fits it is very satisfying.
The arts and crafts inspired desk uses buttress like supports to hold up the desktop, they are attached to the legs on the sides and the back and are defining detail of the furniture of the period.
The assembled and glued up drawers are being planed and fitted this week for the Arts and Crafts inspired desk in English Pippyoak. A week of hand tool skills.
The desktop is finished and oiled in Osmo clear matt. I always apply the oil ans leave to seep into the grain for 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the temperature/humidity. New arts and crafts inpsired executive desk in English quartersawn oak and pippy oak.
The desk carcass is glued up in three stages so I keep control of the situation. With 30 plus joints its all about glue open times. Even with the suspended drawer boxes its as strong as an ox.
Clear resin is poured into the larger holes in the English pippy oak used for the drawer sides and other internal components for this Arts & Crafts inspired desk. Green tough but low tack tape is applied to the back of the stock so the resin doesn’t fall right through.
The dovetails on this desk are included as an authentic process and used for strength as well as beauty.
The side panels of the Arts & Crafts desk are jointed with traditional method of grooves with loose tongues that stretch most of the length of the panel edges to ensure strong connection with legs.
A gentle day cutting dovetail joints in the autumn sunshine. Bliss
Drawer fronts laid out ready for jointing for Arts&Crafts executivedesk
Now to start cutting the 24 sets of #dovetails needed for drawers Arts & Crafts executive desk
The jointed panels of the desktop for new Arts&Crafts executive #desk is ready for flattening. A 90cm wide desktop can only really be flattened by hand. I will sleep well tonight.
Space now available in the Bermondsey workshop. Please message me if you are interested in renting space in a woodwork shop or know someone who might. Thanks
The pre-oiled panels for the new Arts and Crafts executive desk are centred in the marked out and fixed with screws in the centre of each frame aperture so the panel has room to expand and contract left and right.
The panels for the new Arts and Crafts executive desk need oiling prior to jointing into the frames. The grooves around the panels are deep enough to allow for the movement of the timber as it contracts or swells with the environment.
Routing identical grooves in 22 identical vertical frames and 10 horizontal frame pieces is time consuming but satisfying (if there are no tear outs and no exploding knots!). Each piece is carefully selected for decorative rays and matching tones before running through the router. Now we are ready to joint the frames.
The 120 Individual components that make up the new Arts and Crafts inspired desk that I am making in English oak are sized and laid out. Each piece is sticked or stood on their ends with enough air to circulate around all surfaces to help the new planed and cut shape is maintained and the movement of the timber is minimised.
The silvery white waves found on oak are called Medullary rays. These radial structures are perpendicular to the regular growth rings and conduct water and transport other substances from the centre of the tree to its periphery. As such, they usually appear fatter and more vivid near the sapwood.
Today I jointed & glued up the bookmatched drawer bottoms for new arts&crafts inspired desk in English Oak and English Pippyoak