Saturday, 23 July 2022

Moulding for the base

 Most of this rail is achieved with plough, rebate and hollow moulding planes.

It helps to sketch out the profile.

Then with a marking gauge, pull the main lines along the rails. Or just set the plough plane, according to the sketch, and use that to define the widths and levels of the moulding.


A rebate plane will fashion the triangle, and a hollow moulder for the cove. Then a straight chisel to separate the triangle into a long row of hipped roofs. Chop out the background and then punch highlights.

Another moulding to run on the very short front feet.

Chop some tenons and mortices and a trial assembly.

Friday, 22 July 2022

Oak window

 Just fitted this oak window for Joachim. 

Natural oak on the inside. White on the outside.

Gaps packed with lime mortar-soaked oakum. Outside.

And inside.

And topped off with lime mortar (NHL 3.5/sand). This is the best method for sealing between the window frame and masonry, and the window frame and oak lintel. It creates a weatherseal, while allowing the window frame to breathe.

The mortar is covered with wet hessian to slow down the curing.

Sunday, 10 July 2022

Arcading for the back stiles.


Today has involved cutting the frame for the back wall of the livery cupboard, and carving the arcading. There are four of these, two on each stile, one for each level of the cupboard. The carving is pretty much all that will be seen of the stiles, so any tearout on this one will be hidden by the drawer and drawer sides on the mid-level. 

The top rail will be inside the cupboard, and the bottom and middle will be completely hidden from view by the middle and bottom shelf. It was common on joined furniture of this period (i.e. Tudor and 17th century) for unseen surfaces to be left rough; all visible surfaces get the best treatment, and the rest can whistle for their supper!

We were up in Dorset this week, surveying a muntin screen and related ceiling framing, with a view to restoring both.

While there, a visit to a few local houses, revealed a few little treasures.

Ooops, someone has cut through the rails, stiles and muntin to make the front of this 4 panel chest into a cupboard with doors. Tsk tsk!

Tuesday, 14 June 2022

A new dimension

There has been a fair break from the livery cupboard; nothing unusual here. There have been lots of other more pressing jobs to be getting on with; asses to carve, windows and doors to join, bathrooms to design and fit, muntin screens to survey (watch this space).

This is just a quick post, but it's taken a long time organising. Turning something as big as 6" spindles is new to me so I am happy to have made a matching pair.  The lathe is new also. Now I just need to carve them. They will make up the front lower posts and sit below the upper lion posts. Remember them?

Tuesday, 31 May 2022

Life's a beech, then you fall over.

I don't normally use much beech, but when I saw this tree fallen over, I had to offer to clear it up. Shame to see it go just for firewood.

The corner of a Devon field; my office for a day or three. Drop the root ball back in the hole; so the cows don't fall in.

This tortured soul was screaming, "let me out", "I want to be furniture".

Some straight sections to be milled.

And some lovely curves; someday benches or maybe internal framing braces.

 It's not oak, but that's ok.

Thursday, 26 May 2022

Oakum and lime mortar, gap-filling the breathable way.

This new accoya window with heritage double glazing going into Ian's new bathroom. Bought a new 4kg bale of oakum today, so soaked it in Natural Hydraulic Lime 3.5 slurry, bedded the window and packed it into the gaps, topping off with NHL3.5 mortar pointing with the tuck trowel. Wet hessian to cover; lime mortar needs to dry slowly. Proper job!