Door for porch

April 2, 2016

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Over a periode of 2 years I worked on this porch in different stages, first I made a new big window and big sil on the front house elevation, and this time I made a new door and window also renovated the pillars and framework and made new features for frame and pillars.

 

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Kitchen Countertop

January 31, 2016

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Beautiful beech from Wales full of character.

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After planing them all ‘ dead straight’ which is not an easy task with such long length 3.25 metre, I started gluing them with domino joints, one at the time so I could give it my full attention, I was very pleased with  the result.

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The beautiful grain of the wood after a bit of sanding to 120 grit.

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I added a piece of cross wood to the end grain, that prevents the board from splitting, just better.

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Routing the opening for the Belfast sink.

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Routing the drainage, I also cut a water drip under the drainage to stop water drips from staying under the countertop.

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I sanded the countertop back to 0000 steel wool in the end, added 6 layers of finishing oil with in between  smoothly going with steel wool with the direction of the grain. I applied 2 coats of boat lacquer on the underside.

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Big arched gate

July 18, 2015

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Making A template for the arched top.

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

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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.


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

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

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

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Ellipse window

January 25, 2015

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I made this device based on the Archimedes Trammel, with my router on the end. Useful jig for making templates  for oval and circular shapes. Archimedes_Trammelastriddegroot astriddegroot astriddegroot astriddegroot astriddegroot astriddegroot astriddegroot

Cedar shutters

January 21, 2015

Made 8 outside shutters for 4 pair french doors.

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Two sashes

August 18, 2014

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Kitchen countertop

September 29, 2013

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Spalted beech for countertop, can’t wait to see what I have here.

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The counter top finish is 4 times finishing oil followed by wax. At this point cabinets and countertop fitted, still need to fit the doors and the back-splash.

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.

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

DSC05110Finished doors

 

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Finished door.

DSC05285Little turned pull I used beech,  top cabinet door.

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Storage rack for paintings

September 13, 2013

astriddegroot Air dried douglass fir, cutting strokes

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DSC05064Strokes ready:  right length, sanded and cut lap-joints.

DSC05067Four of these form the base.

DSC05071The other horizontal parts slot in half-lap-joints and will be glued and screwed up on the spot.

DSC05075 12mm beech plywood  with the slots all made

DSC05078glued the boxes add rubber castors and hand-made beech grips

DSC05083The finished rack set up in my work-space, big paintings will fit in the middle spaces, middle sized paintings at the top layer and three different sizes smaller paintings for the boxes. The slide tray can be used for showing paintings.

DSC05098Corner of box with front-plate.

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Tray and slide-rail.

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A slot for grip under the tray.

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Beech grip on box.

DSC05106Rounded edges where it matters.

Window frame for porch

August 18, 2013

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This was the situation: big sill totally rotten, bottom rail from window frame gone, tenon’s on styles gone, features fallen of, top corner of left pillar rotten.

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First I made a new sill and fitted that under the pillar’s with the help of the farmer and his tractor. Then I had a good look at the window frame with the rotten bottom rail and it was because of the bottom styles where gone too that I  decided  it had to be a whole new frame.

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I made space in my small workshop- put the frame together than I realized it would never fit through the door as a whole, so I had to find space in a shed at the farm for gluing it, so I did that.

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Lucky the glass was fitted with beading’s I could take them out pretty easy without braking them, then the old frame didn’t take long.

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At this point I needed a hand to lift the frame up, clamps in the middle to hold it while I fiddled the frame in place,  a curled up slab of lead that fits into a slot under the rail just behind a water-drip makes a good weather-seal.

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I am putting double glazing in.

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Build up new profiled features on the bottom and at the top.

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Undercoat

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The one gutter pipe is still filled with mud -stuck, I leave that one out for now until it dried out and can be emptied.

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The finished window with new sill and pillar corners.

 

It’s a year later now that I got to restore the left side of the porch, the side that gets the weather, the window so rotten it almost falls out, and a skeleton of a door that was fixed in the frame; as well as the bottom parts of the frame and of course all the beautiful features just gone.

 

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