Single bed

June 4, 2013


It is based on the Shaker style which I love, I used the oak as fine as it could be and built it strong with decent joints, simple and elegant. Start with the four legs first cut the mortises all the same height from the bottom.


Next is turning


The legs for the head end are to long to put in my lathe, cut just above the square bit turn first then drill a hole in the top then turn top piece with on the end a round pen and glue them together.


Glue them together, clamp.


Had to cut slots in the round top parts without cutting in the ball at the top and a slot in the rail-


to fit in the oak boards these are the head and feet ends, the boards are not glued they need to be free for expanding or/ and shrinking otherwise they would split and crack. Only the mortise and tenons from rail and square leg parts are glued together.




By cutting the board corners I followed the curve of the balls.


You can take the bed apart by taken out eight beautiful silicon bronze slotted round head bolts, you have to peek in the holes to see them, it had to be the right ones.




Oak door handles

April 3, 2012

I cut the shape, out of welsh brown oak, on the bandsaw. Worked it futher on the upsidedown beltsander,  with my carving knife I worked on the inside corners, then I used fine sandpaper and tung oil.  Used the morticer for the square hole where the shaft pen goes. Now I want to find bronze round head slotted screws to hold the back plates on the door.


There is no door to put them on yet, I just wanted to make them it’s great fun, so there will be many more.

Tall gate

December 28, 2011

Beautiful air dried welsh oak boards they had been in a shed for about 20 years.

Through the thicknesser

Routing the edges by following it’s natural lines and make a tide fit.

Dovetail shaped braces that will keep the boards tight together

Two on one side one on the other side

Wood for the fencing will be placed on a stone wall next to the gate

All planed and cut into shape that flows in a natural line

I am making holes in different shapes. Later the holes will be filled with beautiful stained glass images made by artist Tamsin Abbott

I just make them up while I am working on it.

I made templates for all the different shapes then used the router

Finished wall parts I am pleased feels good to me.

Gluing the braces in place, after sanding it all  the fence parts are going to Tamsin Abbott and I made templates from the spaces in the door,  she is a glass artist and she is going to make glass pieces that fit in the open spaces. Can’t wait to see results.

Oak garden gate

September 19, 2011

Someone had these oak boards for over 10 years nicely stacked in their barn – an oak tree from their own garden. They asked me if I could work with this “very hard” wood to make a garden gate for them. Nice! I can’t wait. The boards have this beautiful natural curve

See how much of a curve can go through the thicknesser: not bad at all!

With my new jigsaw I followed the natural curve…

and finished the outside curve with the beltsander. I used that curve as a template for the router, to make a copy of the curve on the next board so that they fit tidily

Like this

And cut out the shape that I had in mind

The back, using coachbolts to put the braces on

I treated it against rot and fungi then put Owatrol oil on – a lot!

Now I have to wait until the farmer ‘digs up’ suitable hinges for it, so we can put it up in the garden where the tree once was.  I will add more photos later, one day.


June 21, 2011

Concrete stairs,  random sizes in the rise and the going and all the steps out of level, quite a challenge, and they were not deep enough which was good it left  space for the nosing.

We bought Welsh Oak and left it in the house for 6 weeks, and yes it did work a lot it crooked, cupped, bowed, twisted, it shrank all of that, I left it thick enough to plane it square and straight,  measured all the different rises made a drawing of the stairs numbered the steps, than I sat down one evening to calculate what the rise was going to be, 18 cm that was it,  every step got it’s own size pieces of wood (spacers) under it, to make the right rise and also level it with extra plastic spacers. I didn’t want to use screws in this beautiful wood so I glued the steps on the pieces of wood which I screwed in the concrete, I took  tests with different glues before I started on the stairs, the test pieces are still glued on my workshop floor can’t get them of even though I tried it with crowbar and big hammer, well it’s good to know.

Solid steps no cracking sound when you walk over it

I sanded the wood to 180 grit and treated it with Tung oil, diluted with white spirit 30-60%, 50-50%, a third coat will go on with maybe 80% Tung oil, Tung oil is very thick.

The steps are not slippery at all but smooth, it’s fine to walk them with your socks on

The going or ‘run’ is 22 cm, that is the depth of the steps

Front door

March 26, 2011

Nice Welsh Oak boards

The layout. I have enough wood to make a solid panel door with four thick panels

The panels are sticking out rather than flush, and I love it!

The door is glued and sanded the beading is not fixed yet, at this point i’m waiting for the oil, I will oil the panels before they go in

with the beadings in, oiled it’s ready to go and place it

And there it is, nice one!  (knibbeltje, knabbeltje, knuistje….)

This cupboard and little folding table were made especially for Jackie Morris’s ‘dragon van’. I will put up a better picture of the inside of the van later when it’s all finished

The van is totally covered in Jackie’s paintings, here mostly dragons

the frame made with mortise and tenon joints

glueing up the drawer and a door

Dovetailed drawer

Turned Beech knobs. The latches are made out of Oak

Welsh Oak. I think it’s called ‘Brown Oak’ as well. I really love it and right know i’m working on a front door using the same wood. The table top was later treated with Tung oil, a natural oil which is save with food. Jackie can have her lunch on it and use it as a drawing table when it rains outside.

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