Showing posts with label woodwork plans. Show all posts
Showing posts with label woodwork plans. Show all posts

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Lowboy Desk

Imagine this, you have just purchased a brand new state of the art, cutting edge, computer, now imagine it sitting on the classic, curvy, hunk of beautiful Mahogany you see below. Classic old meets cutting edge new, awesome. I don't know why the name denotes male, it is clearly female, lol.

There is no beating around the bush here, this is clearly an advanced project. The hand cut dovetails and curvy cabriole legs, make it so. You can get away with lock joints in place of the dovetails but you can't get away without the cabriole legs, they are the essence of the piece.

Couldn't find who did the reproduction but David Donnelly wrote the article and did the photography, I assume he did the reproduction too. He states that the cabriole legs are not hard to do, but even so you will need to have a good working method on your band saw, and be able to do some close shaping work with hand tools, to get four matching legs.

Don't let the advanced nature of this project put anyone off, you will never do advanced work, if you never try it. If your working up to this level go slow, don't put time limits on yourself. You can go fast when you have mastered the techniques. The reward is a truly beautiful piece.

With many of these classic pieces part of the look is the appealing hardware. In Canada your best bet for the Chippendale drawer pulls is Lee Valley Tools, see the links page.

At 10 pages, the instructions are very complete. If you build, read carefully and take note of the tips.

So we got 6" of  snow out there and lots of drifts. I guess I will be pulling out the shovels tomorrow and start with winter chores. It's been a fun weekend though, hope someone got some useful inspiration, from some of these posts.

Pedestal Table

At first glance most would class this pedestal table as an advanced project, it is more in the middle range of difficulty. There are many plans for this classic style pedestal table, some are more difficult than others, involving things like steam bending of the apron. Nick Engler does a great job of simplifying this design. The kerfed apron simplifies things and is probably a better solution. My manufactured pedestal table has a steam bent apron that no longer lines up very well.

So here is the plan for a classic that you will be proud of, no mater what your skill level. You will need a 10" or larger swing lathe to turn the pedestal. In a pinch there are jigs that can be built to turn it, utilizing your router, but that would be a different post. The table slides are available at many hardware stores and through woodworking supply outlets.

Writing Table

Woodworking Sunday, so I will try to get some table designs up today, progressively from an easy table to a advanced classic.

Nick Engler has designed and built many of the woodworking designs I have posted lately. Back in the 80's and 90's Nick was a very prolific designer and builder of woodworking related material. He was the founder of "Hands On!" magazine as well as publishing many books, articles and a newspaper column for woodworkers. He is co-owner of "Bookworks Inc." which produces how-to-books and for years has produced the Projects Yearbook for Popular Science Books.

So today is no different, the first two projects today were designed and built by Nick Engler. As always with project books, build them for yourself or as gifts but reproduction for sale or profit is forbidden.

So the first project today is a writing desk, but not just a writing desk. It is a relatively easy project to build, the gently curved legs give it a touch of class with a slightly oriental flavor. You can make it smaller for a child's room, it's a writing desk, a computer desk, and it will look good in just about every room in the house, scale it up or down according to your needs.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Acorn Bed

Their's no getting around it, every house needs a number of beds. History has provided the modern builder with a wide selection of designs. More modern boxy designs are easy to build, and solid supports, but I find a certain lack of warmth in the appearance. I have always liked the warm turned appearance of colonial styles.

While furnishing a newly purchased house in 82, rather than purchasing a turned post, colonial style, bed to match the rest of the bedroom furniture, I decided to build my own. I purchased a cheap Craftsman knock-off lathe from Busy Bee and built a nice turned post, colonial style, bed, similar to the Acorn bed below. Rather than Acorns the post tops were turned spherical and I did not include the fluting, but otherwise similar. It was the first turned project I had built and it turned out nicely. I also learned to stay away from heartwood. In the headboard glue up I included a board that had a sliver of heartwood in it. After surfacing, it came loose, I removed it and filled the small cavity with a mixture of glue and sawdust, hardly noticeable after finishing.

For a first turned project, this turned out to be a very satisfying project, with long life. Even including the price of the cheap import lathe, the price worked out less than the purchase of a similar design from Sears would have been.

Workshop machine designs, plans, get all the attention. Furniture and other plans don't seem to get the same kind of attention. I think we all have to be reminded why we build workshop machines to begin with, yes you can often build them cheaper and as functional as purchased machines, and yes, as is often my case, the process of designing and building them is the attraction, but ultimately, they are built to build things, like furniture or other useful or artistic products.

So hopefully I haven't bored you yet, here is a excellent plan for a colonial style, turned, Acorn bed, designed and built by Rude Osolnik, and displayed in the 1987 Popular Science Projects Yearbook. If you have turned wood before this should not present any difficulty. The fluting is a challenge, but Rude shows you how to make a fluting tool, and how to use it.

So lets watch a football game. The Bears and Bills aren't contenders, but even a game between non-contenders is more entertaining than most of the dribble they are running on TV now-a-days.

Cheval Mirror

Here is a quick project that will be at home in any bedroom in the house. The dressing mirror was designed and built by Nick Engler, this article comes from the Popular Science 1987 Projects Yearbook. The plan is a modernized version of a classic design and a relatively easy build. Easy to build but greatly appreciated by the ladies of the house.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Half Scale Stutz Bearcat Sidewalker

So from the "Junior Mechanics Handbook" is the plan for a half scale, Stutz Bearcat, sidewalker, that I mentioned in a previous post. This is a challenging and interesting project for the all around workshop diy'er. It incorporates aspects of both woodworking and metalworking. If your looking to really impress some young folk with an awesome project, this one will certainly do it.

At 11 pages the project plan is quite complete, and leaves little to the imagination. I have learned over time to clean up and stitch pages together, as long as I can fit the page flat to the scanner glass. Over-size books that lift at the scanner edges, produce deep shadow and are harder to clean up, without effecting the scan content. Stitching pages together allows me to upload more pages in a smaller space. Resolution is good if you expand images to there max., I have no trouble clearly reading the images without my glasses, and believe me, I need my glasses for most of the reading I do nowadays. My pixel height is normally 1200 with the width, a ratio of the original.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

A Toddler's Rocking-Horse

So the sun didn't last, we are back into a snow storm, to continue into tomorrow. The plan this morning is for a popular toddlers rocking horse. The plan comes from Anthony Dew's great project book "The Rocking-Horse Maker", published by David And Charles in 1993. The plans are for personal use and can not be reproduced for re-sale without the authors permission.

The author has written a number of books on this subject including the restoration of older designs. In this book he goes through the building of nine different projects, from the easy hobby-horse to the advanced, fully carved, Carousel-style horse. The first two or three projects are relatively easy projects, within the reach of even the novice woodworker. Depending upon your degree of patience and skill, the projects get progressively more advanced, culminating in the fully carved carousel-style horse. The advanced carousel-style horse might seem daunting to most woodworkers, but with patience and care, most woodworkers could produce a beautiful piece of nostalgia for their children to pass on to theirs.

A case in point, North Bay had an old water front park carousel, that was in dire need of rebuilding, or suffer the consequence of demolition. A group of local hobby woodworkers got together and agreed to try and reproduce the carved carousel horses, the time taken was not months but years. The result was a beautiful, rebuilt carousel. I suspect Mr. Dew's books were very helpful guides, on their adventure. I will have to get pictures, the next time that I am down that way.

The following plan is a very easy plan to produce. Their are two versions you can try, the silhouette head version, or for a carving experience, the carved head version. The plan is designed to be safer and more convenient for the younger toddler set. It is small enough for the toddler to climb onto without assistance.

The following plan was stitched together from two page scans. I could not remove the shadowy parts of the scans without effecting the quality of the rest of the scan. Excuse the shadow, the stitched together grid plan remains accurate.

Finished pictures of the two versions you can build.

Here is a picture of the advanced, fully carved version, of the Carousel-style horse, mounted on bow rockers. If you want to build it, you need the book, if I got more than a couple requests for it, I would upload it (it's a time consuming scan).

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Classic Blanket Chest

Here is a furniture project that would look as classy at the foot of an adults bed as it would in a child's room. The cedar lining makes it perfect for the storage of blankets and fresh linens. For the child's room you can pass on the cedar lining and it becomes a huge toy storage chest and surface for sitting and playing on.

Designed and built by Thomas Stender a professional, classical furniture, cabinetmaker, it is a close reproduction of the classic style. It is not a difficult piece to make, the dovetail joinery brings it up to the middle range, but a person will never learn the technique if you don't try and practice it. For an easier and quicker construction you can use other joinery methods, such as finger joints, or biscuit joinery, but you would lose that classic look.

A benefit of these Popular Science plans are the included tips and woodworking information not normally included with plans. You not only get the plan, you get the information that will cumulatively make you a better craftsman.