Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Building a door and two furniture pieces

This last weekend I spend some time on the building of the screen doors. The top rail is curved and after some thought I decided it would be easier to cut a slot in the wood for the glass as opposed to grinding the glass to fit, especially since I have to build four doors.

The slot with the glass in it.

Cutting the slot on my table saw was a bit nerve racking as all the curves and molding were already cut, I didn't even try to cut it to the full depth in one shot, probably did about 15 cuts raising the blade a bit each time.

Cutting the door side rails to length presented another problem, they were way too long for my table saw and I don't have a full scale table saw and my pieces weren't the same length either. in the end I taped a piece of wood to the arm on my band saw and cut all eight side rails to the same length but still a bit overlong.

The last little bit I cut off on the table saw because I wanted a really smooth cut.

The panel for the bottom of the door was slightly too big and I had to remove about 0.5mm on all four sides, with the angle in the middle rail this was all quite complicated to cut and fit.

One of the four doors in the frame to check that the height is right.

I also checked that the glass and small rails will fit right, I am using microscope slides as they are nice and thin and I was lucky enough that they fit perfectly height wise, now I need to cut the glass and the wooden rails to size before any gluing can be done.

I also took time off from my orders to build two pieces of furniture, I had a deadline and finished both of these in eleven days. The first is a 19th century French washstand, the original was build from pine, I used Oregon pine for mine.

I think this piece lends itself well to all kind of uses, I used a granite look melamine to imitate the slate of the original.

And here is the original full scale washstand that I copied.

The second piece is a lovely Regency Etagere from 1840. I need more books for this one!

The original was made from Rosewood, I made mine from some mahogany sheets that I had because I didn't have time to cut and sand the wood I really want to use for this, a South African wood called Candlewood, it has a very nice grain and color that resembles Rosewood very well and I will make some again later this year in the Candlewood.

The reason for the rush, they were for class proposals, I will be teaching for the first time later this year, looking forward to it and kind of dreading it at the same time, first time nerves I guess! I will tell you later when and where when all the details has been loaded onto the website.

Have a great week


Susan said...

Elga, you are incredibly talented and dedicated to achieving absolute reality in your creations! Your work astounds. The doors are wonderful and both pieces of furniture would satisfy the most choosy antique collector!! Heheh, what caught my eye are the elephants on the shelves, they're gorgeous!

debbie's mini thoughts and creations said...

what fantastic work, the doors look so good and the furniture you made is just perfect, you are very talented and I really enjoy coming on to your blog to see what you are up to, you are a inspiration.

Ali said...

Your work is just amazing! I wish I lived near by then I could take your class but realistically Iam hopeless with wood. I'll stick to admiring your work instead. Good luck with your proposals I think both are lovely.

jeffry said...

Hi Elga,
The door looks wonderfull really like the detail of the panel/curves in it. And how exciting that you will be teaching you're a talented furniture maker so you will do fine.

Steinworks said...

those pieces are lovely, you did a great job on them I especially like the Eterge. good luck on teaching your class Im sure the students will learn a lot from you


Isabel Ruiz Alonso said...

Todas la piezas son preciosas y de un gran trabajo.

Catherine said...

It is always such a pleasure to see your work. The two pieces of furniture are gorgeous and perfect miniatures of the full size original pieces. The doors are fantastic. I wish I had your skills. :-)

Yolanda Morán said...

Perfecto, una maravilla.
Un abrazo.

Gee said...

I already just love those doors, looking at the pic they seem to be full scale, good job!
also, the melamine in the other piece is a really good choice,it fits that piece very good.

i bet you are going to have so much fun teaching your skills.
you are a good teacher, telling from what you already tought us from your blog!

Elisabelle miniatures said...

Ces deux meubles sont une très belle réussite!!

Sanschichis said...

Félicitations pour les portes! Que de difficultés à surmonter! J'aime aussi beaucoup la table de toilette.

miraclechicken said...

Very interesting watching you make the doors. Oh and I love the two beautiful pieces you made, they will make a fun class for sure, you are a wealth of knowledge :)

Karin Corbin said...

Lovely work and beautiful craftsmanship as always.

You had me puzzled for a bit as to what Oregon Pine was so I had to look it up as I had never heard of it. Turns out that the wood being called "Oregon Pine" is not actually a pine species. They do call it that in Europe but in North America it is called Douglas Fir. Around the Pacific NW USA where I live its everywhere in almost every neighborhood in my region as well as being the primary trees in the forested areas. The roof over my head and the floor under my feet are framed with it. I can buy it in any lumberyard.

Monique said...

Wow such an amazing blog. I don't think I will ever be able to do wooden pieces like yours but I can always dream. I was wondering where you get your fabric for your stitched pieces? I love to cross stitch and would like to try make a miniature piece like you do.

Elga said...

Hi Monique, I usually buy the silk gauze from a friend in the USA , here is the link to her online shop.
On 40 count silk gauze you can use one strand of DMC, for finer work you would need silk threads, those I buy from England. I see you are in South Africa too, if you need more info feel free to email me, there is a contact button on the top right of my blog.