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
Well seasoned timber makes such a difference to the process of timber conversion and furniture construction. The Pippy oak I bought from English Woodland Tiimber in April has been in my workshop for two weeks so it was time to start skimming the boards and prepping for the drawers I need to make for the desk commission. The timber is resawn for book-matched drawer bottoms and is stable and ready to joint.