Month: June 2011

Bent Laminations and the Path of Least Resistance

In my last post I made a coopered door for a new cabinet I’m building. The design features two curved doors, the one coopered and the other a bent lamination and mirror image, although taller version of the first. ( coopered on left hand side opening out and away from center ) They’re both absolutely and over the past four days, painfully concave!  ; ) The shape of this piece, once complete, may or may not reflect the inspiration I’ve taken from a famous building here in ‘down town’ Toronto.  Seeing as the wood itself was unearthed from this...

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A Coopered Door

Thanks for the comments and questions on my last post, the following series will chronicle the process in making a coopered door. This is not the only way to make curved furniture parts and in my next post I’ll show you how I made the match to this door using a bent lamination process. I’m working with six pieces approx. 7/8″ thick x 1 1/2″ to 2″ widths. These are random as the hemlock has many checks, cracks and splits making much of it unworkable for cabinet making but great for wall paper! The overall length is about an...

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These reclaimed planks of Hemlock were once part of the Queens Wharf here in Toronto, Ontario. The original structure was built in 1833 and cost then, the town of York about £ 4600. Incredible. Named for Queen Victoria, it stood for generations until quite literally, the city landscape grew up and out of the shore line itself, leaching out into the shallows of Lake Ontario until the wharf all but disappeared through time. In 2006 while digging a massive sub-structure development, a graveyard of these precious beams were unearthed, dismantled and eventually salvaged. Perfectly ‘pickled’ due to the minerals...

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monday morning

When your weekend begins in Utopia, ( seriously, have a look for yourself ) and ends in a Fathers day on Sunday, you’ll find that life is good indeed. But man if an extra hour would fall my way this week I’d be grateful. Sometimes Monday comes too quickly and I’m into the wood shavings again with the old salvaged elm 8″ x 8″. What a difference you’ll find working with old growth wood.   So much heavier and denser- I think of it as the real McCoy in a harvested tree from a hundred and then some years...

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A Toolchest from Estonia

I received a letter from Tõnis Arjus in Estonia this past week and included were these great shots of his new tool chest. I absolutely love what Tõnis did with the design. It looks like he took some of the aesthetic elements of my Cabinetmakers Toolchest and mixed it with the size and storage options of my widow maker with drawers, tills and a deep lid to house some hand saws. Excellent work Tõnis and thanks for sharing. Here are some of his comments: Hi Tom, I’m writing from far away Estonia and sending your way some pictures of...

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