Big arched gate

July 18, 2015



Making A template for the arched top.


Using douglass fir, I made the top out of two pieces join them together by a hammer headed key and two cross tongues.


If you look carefully you can see four oak wedges; by tapping those in the joint pulls together tight.astriddegroot

Screwed the template onto the douglass fir top and started routing.


To join the top to the sides I used countertop bolts, I had to drill big holes and hand saw the space for it.


Without gluing it yet I am trying the fit with the bolt in and the two cross tongues.astriddegroot

Chamfer the edges and sand everything.astriddegroot

Check again dry.astriddegroot

And glue.astriddegroot

Fill and sand. astriddegroot

The hinges are hand-made by a blacksmith. astriddegroot And adjustable .




Kitchen cabinet doors

September 29, 2013

DSC04946Welsh oak for the doors, the battens are inlay dovetail-shaped

DSC04953And flush with the door.

DSC04957Gluing the battens.



DSC04996Template for routing.

DSC05031I always like to make my own grips knobs or pulls these are made from the same oak as the doors.

DSC05110Finished doors



Finished door.

DSC05285Little turned pull I used beech,  top cabinet door.

 astriddegrootAsh paneled door untreated.


astriddegrootGlass doors and corner-cabinet door for top kitchen cabinets, ash.

astriddegrootOak under-sink cabinet with panelled door, rounded corners, hand-made pull and a little latch.

Plate rack

March 4, 2012

My idea for making a plate rack was to make it as simple as possible in design and it had to be very practicle in use. For the top shelf I made sliding dovetails, the strongest joint you can have for shelfs for the rest mortise and tenon joints, the two back plates are slotted in glued and screwed.

Find out where support is needed

Check  the plates won’t fall out

Drill the square holes for the sticks with the mortiser, through two supports in one go.

The ash is very flexible it won’t break easy, still I made sure that the sticks can be replaced

To hang the plate rack on the thin wooden wall I used metal wall plates, two on the plate rack two on the wall , first I screwed a board of the same ash on the other side of the wall for use as a coat hanger, but more important I could use longer screws to secure the plate rack on to the wall.

I left  the handcarved pegs of for a while to let them acclimatize in this kitchen space to shrink , I made them out of green hawthorn.

All finished and oiled

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