Wednesday, June 17, 2015

 Back to the Berg residence.
After the chairs we built a cabinet for catching the coats and hats coming from the garage.
Fran and Mark found a great pair of oriental doors. Tall doors, like over 8' tall. They were unfinished pine. Pretty well done. And that's about all I know about Oriental furniture!!

Starting the frame.

The sides dry fit without the panels in.

Standing on it's own with the drawers installed.

      Starting to work on the wax finish. Man is it tough to match old Pine,just using dyes and wax. The first step was a silver water stain.

Then tinted Briwax.

Then it takes the wax at different rates and looks odd.

But eventually evens out.

             We installed hammered and distressed copper so you couldn't see through the grid.
                                                             Thanks Whitesmith Guys!

 For the four post bed I glued up my posts out of Quartersawn White Oak. Straight and square is a must .When you start tapering and chamfering the corners all the discrepancies show up. The other trick is the jig to chamfer the posts. A little bit of trial and error there too!

                                                 A little clean up by hand at the transition.

 Next the head board. I found a nice, wide piece of  White Oak for it. Barely fit through the 24 " planer at GACC aka my old shop. Thanks Ed.

Next the hand plane. 

Detail at the post

Need something for that bed bolt hole. I got to try my hand at the forge! Nothing like beating on red hot steel.



If you have followed this blog for some time. You will know I have worked with Emily Owens for many years, through some fantastic projects. So it is with deep regret, I have to say these are the last projects we will get to do together. Do to a family health issue she is closing her firm. These are for her beach house. Thanks Emily, it was quite a run! 

I couldn't get the whole top in one pic with my iPhone! I think it was 9' long.

                                       Always loved this detail on Craftsman Style furniture.

                                You have to have a little V groove to catch the crumbs. Right!

The base has some great ironwork that my buds downstairs helped me with. Thank You Ish. 

Next is a Pencil post bed.