The drawer bottoms for new Arts & Crafts inspired desk are oiled, waxed and ready for wrapping for delivery. A butterfly joint logo is added to the bottom of a drawer.
Arts & Crafts desk oiled, waxed and ready for delivery
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.
The walnut drinks cabinet is complemented by a wavy steel handle that snakes down the carcass front. The handle will be fixed to inside edge of the left-hand side door so the shape of the meeting edges are dictated by its wave. Today I have perfected the wave form template to help create a lamination forma to transform a straight piece of walnut into the desired shape.
I have had a lot of fun fitting and testing the LED lights and mirrors for the new walnut drinks cabinet. The LED lights are so flexible, robust and most important of all, safe. There is very little heat coming from the bulbs which gives you so much more scope for concealed lighting. Should look great once the MDF is swapped for the finished walnut.
Door Shelves for the tumbler glasses are mitre cut and #jointed for the bottom of each door. The drinks cabinet will also accommodate three wine glasses in each door.
Walnut rails are removed from the press forma and planed and sanded into their final shape. The legs have a slight taper on the inside corner and the rails are jointed 80mm from the bottom of the tapered surface, curving inwards to meet each other. The pictures show the rail joining the two front legs.