Timber Selection

The timber for these pieces came from a huge tree which I bought as a freshly felled log in the mid-80's - a victim of Dutch elm disease - and had sawn into various thicknesses at a local mill. It has been in stick since then, out in the open air covered with old sheets of corrugated iron to keep the rain and sun off. Never put iron or steel sheets over oak, by the way, or the timber may end up stained blue-black, as when an old nail is embedded in it. After all this time the elm is as well air...

Metalwork For Woodworkers

TOP LEFT Photo 9 Threading plugs LEFT Photo 10 A nice shine and edge to the plugs Few woodworkers have fully equipped metalworking shops, but for anyone with a metalworklng lathe then these little plugs present no problems. For those, like me, who don't have such equipment then a little bit of metalwork, especially in something as easy to work as aluminium, can be accomplished with woodworking tools. I started with a piece of 9mm MDF, drawing lines to mark the centres before drilling 16 holes...

Photography By Michael Manni

With the dovetailed carcass accomplished, Projects Editor Colin Eden-Eadon THE DIFFICULTY of the first part of this project, see page 34, was in the dovetailing for the carcass. The concluding stage, which covers making the drawers, frame and posts for this American white oak (Quercus alba) and English walnut (Juglans regia) toilet mirror, depends for success on careful planning as the mirror frame must be made first, so that the drilling position of the posts which take the pivot holes can be...

Photography By Tim Roberts

RIGHT A chair for flute and recorder player BELOW Turned stretcher rails give support to back ABOVE Full-size mock-up used at home to test out the practical reality of the design Cascamite must be mixed to its correct consistency - something resembling double cream - otherwise glue failure could occur The laminates can now be cut out on the bandsaw and finished to size on the thicknesser, ensuring that enough waste is left on the laminates to account for the considerable cleaning up required...

Illustration By Ian Hall

Unable to purchase hinges of the kind used originally on this type of desk, and without the time to construct them, I decided to use a simple pivot via an 8mm brass or aluminium bar or rod inserted into the hole previously drilled and epoxied into place. Use the router to cut a mating groove on the sides of the door panels again. This procedure unfortunately leaves a very weak point, as I know to my cost, so to counter this a brass plate is inset and screwed into place - again with the help of...

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