Coffee table in London Plane Lacewood designed and made at Heliconia Furniture
All internal components completed for new drinks cabinet in walnut and steel
The carcass of the walnut drinks cabinet is was succesfully jointed and glued together and is now ready for sanding before its sent off for a spray finish. Looking gert lush!
The legs of the drinks cabinet are strengthend and stabalised by two curved leg frames, curving in from the legs to meet in the middle, where they are connected with a steel conduit and a wooden substrate. Both are fitted into the leg rails with West Systems 2 part Epoxy resin into pre-drilled holes.
The walnut drinks cabinet is mocked up full size in MDF. A mock-up of one of the doors is completed and hung with Soss hinges. Now all the construction questions have been answered I can now start build the cabinet proper.
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.
The new drinks cabinet will have two curved leg rails, both peeling inwards from the front and back legs to meet in the centre, where they will be joined by a steel rod conduit. As well as joining and strengthening the legs, the rails are prominent decorative feature and must compliment the overall design so the curve must be as perfect possible. I hope to achieve this by creating a template and adjusting the shape by hand. This template will then be used to create a lamination forma that can bend and glue several straight strips of solid walnut together to make the curved form.
The main drawer for the drinks cabinet is now completed and ready for gluing up. The wild grain on the drawer front was a little too much even for the Veritas jack plane so out came the trusty cabinet scraper. The partition and sub partition are also completed and jointed to the drawer carcass.
The new drinks cabinet in walnut and steel includes a wide internal drawer, revealed once the cabinet is opened. The wild grain selected for the front matches the front of the pull-out serving shelf, also revealed once the doors are opened. The drawer bottom is lined with black 'Cosmopolitan' leather from Yarwoods.
The bookmatched #veneeers are glued to the boards and placed into the heat press for 10 minutes! This was a revelation to me. I have only used a vacuum bag press before which takes hours and is quite noisy. Thank you Ned for the use of your press. Next I took all the veneering tape off whilst the panels were still hot. This took only a few minutes. Back in Bermondsey I trimmed the excess veneer and and sanded back. The panels are now ready to joint into a carcass.
The wood chippings from my combination planer pile up and up but fortunately I have a friend with a gardening business who uses the chippings as mulch around plants. I do have a backlog of offcuts from the saw that are perfect for indoor fires or garden chimineas if anyone would like a bag!
Leg frame of the #LondonPlane #Coffeetable has two coats of regular Osmo to bring out the rich complexity of the #spalting whilst the fine #lacewood top is finished with Osmo Raw.
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Last year we installed these lovely walnut cabinets in the second bedroom of a house in North London. The client requested the specific burr for the doors, the book-matched leaves suggesting a nautical theme with spindle fish and jellyfish. The project also included twin chest of drawers for the master bedroom and hallway console and mirror.
Materials: Black Walnut and Walnut Burr
Affordable luxury from Heliconia Furniture. This narrow refectory table in walnut has a long bevelled edged top supported by delicate profiled legs. Originally designed with a clients small living room in mind, the style of the table is inspired by the gait of running horses and the pedestrian Motorway bridges.
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