I’ve made some screens to cover a bedroom alcove in a new house.The house is by the sea, near Ramsey on the Isle of Man. I took some photos while I was there earlier this year and based the screen colours on a photo I took of a local beach. I used 3 veneers to create the design. The dark wood is fumed oak. Fumed oak is made by exposing regular oak to amonia fumes until it turns to a dark shade. The light coloured veneer is poplar burr, and the the grey is a re-constituted veneer made by Alpi.
My cabinet making for beginners course has finished. We just about managed to complete the shelf pieces we were working on.Here’s Chris showing some excellent planing technique – keeping the plane centred on the edge of the board with his front hand, whilst keeping the sole of the plane in good contact all the way along its length with his rear hand.Here’s Francis with the finished shelf. He gave it a sparing coat of linseed oil. This really brought out the beautiful, natural lustre of the cherry.Here’s the one that I made in place. It was a pleasure to have Chris and Francis as my first students. I hope they’ll be the first of many. Go to the Arts Alive Wales website for details of future courses.
I’m running a cabinet making course at Arts Alive Wales in Crickhowell. Here’s a photo of the beautiful space that we’re working in. As you can see, there’s plenty of space for more participants in the future.I’ve made 4 double workbenches out of plywood and MDF. They are substantial and sturdy, but can be taken apart after each class. I’ve provided a basic set of hand tools: pencil, engineers square, marking knife, chisels, tenon saw, mallet.
Here are some photos of the TV panel, drawers and shelves that I’ve completed and installed. I hope you like it all.The panel veneer is poplar burr with a solid cherry surround and ebony stringing for the dark line border. The surface is Welsh slate, Berwyn slate quarry near Llangollen.
I attended the craft fair at Arts Alive in Crickhowel last night. It was a great evening, with a lovely friendly atmosphere. Here’s an auspicious photo of a double rainbow I saw over the Black Mountains as I set off.Here’s a pic of my stall. I managed to sell quite a few of the cube tea-light holders you can see on the right.
And here I am being distracted by one of my most loyal customers!www.danieltomlinson.co.uk
I’m making some workbenches for the woodwork course I’ll be running. Each one has a 1200mm square top. I could simply use a set-square to draw it out, but I find it difficult to keep my marking-out accurate over a large area. Here’s how I mark a perfect square that doesn’t rely on having a set-square. It uses basic geometry that has been used for thousands of years.
Firstly, mark where you want the centre of square to be and draw a circle whose diameter is the same as the length of the square’s sides. This sheet of MDF is roughly cut slightly larger that I need it to be.
The next step is to draw another line through the centre of the first circle at 90 degrees to the first line. To do this place the point of your compasses (or trammel in this case) where the arc crosses the circle. Using a smaller radius than the original circle draw a small arc roughly where you think the centre line should pass through it. Then draw a similar arc with the centre point where the circle and the other large arc meet. This is the one you can see just above it in the photo.
I can now cut along these lines with my Festool TS55 circular saw along a guide rail. You could, of course, cut out a square on a table saw with the fence set square and to the length you need. However in this case the MDF is too large to fit on my table saw.
I’m coming to the end of a job that requires nearly 4 metres in length of wall cabinets to be hung. the difficulty is that the cabinets themselves are fairly heavy, but they also need to carry a 40mm thick solid slate worktop. All this needs to be attached to a hollow studded wall without any support from underneath, and just to make it more difficult the whole construction is quite low on the wall – the perfect heigh for someone to sit down on.
After much consultation with my customer and my friend Noel, we settled upon fixing a steel hanging rail on the wall with a combination of chemical and mechanical anchors drilled into the stone work behind the stud wall.