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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

American 18th Century Fire Screen: Sliding Frame



Yesterday I cut and grooved all the parts for the sliding frame, the embroidery part will be able to slide up and down in the side posts.



The straight sides were cut from 1/8" square stock, the curved parts are 1/8" thick and 3/32" wide, so it was rather a challenge cutting 1/16" grooves in the delicate pieces. The straight edges will stil get a rebate cut in them so that they will fit into the groove in the side posts.

Elga

13 comments:

Susi said...

Grandioso trabajo, perfecto, y va teniendo una pinta excelente, inmejorable, muchas felicidades maestra¡¡¡
Un beso, Susi

sylvia said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!!

Marie75 said...

It's fantastic ! How did you make the groove in the curveds parts ? Was it a nightmare ??? ;-)

Anneke said...

This is just breathtaking, I admire your woodworking skills so much! I wish I could learn to make the beautifull wooden things you make!
The cross stitch is also incredible, it is so fine! It must have taken many many hours of angelic patience?
I know the resulting fire screen will be beyond imagination, I can't wait to see.

Elga said...

@ Marie, I cut the side with the groove first, while it was still flat on the other side I clamped it in my vice and drilled lots of tiny holes next to one another, actually overlapping them and then just cleaning up with a file. I wrapped masking tape around the drill to help me from going too deep, and then I cut the outside curve last :-)

Marie75 said...

Smart and brilliant !

elly in amsterdam said...

Ooooooooooooooooooooooooohhhh!!! (Jaw dropped on the floor)

Victoria said...

Beautiful embroidery! It's going to be an amazing piece of furniture.

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Heleni said...

Very beautiful!!!

gr.Heleni

Debora said...

Don't you have a router-table? Or a base to add a moto-tool or Dremel underneath? The right cutter piece at voila! I take it as a "NO" from the comment box? In this case it would have been a very handy tool. Non the less...

There are many roads that lead to Rome. Yours was a very clever way to get out of the woods that were spread out between you and Rome. (as a metaphor for the rebating in the curved part). One step closer to Rome now, yeah!

Elga said...

@ Deborah

Yes, I do have a router table, if I wanted to make a rebate on the curved part I would have just used my pin router set-up. Since this is more of a long mortise along the whole length of the curve I wasn't too sure how to do it except for the way I did. I googled a bit and see that this is even difficult in full scale, I found this http://www.jeffgreefwoodworking.com/pnc/Boxes/Oriental/index3.html but I think that would be too complicated in mini, especially for the size of this one.

Sandra from Sydney said...

I'm blown away by your ability to make the curved frame, let alone make the grooves in it! Not only do you do the most gorgeous embroidery but you can do woodwork for it too. Hugs, Sandie