When I was growing up, we always ate our meals at the Ercol Trestle table, it was where the family gathered, conversations and the hot topic of the day were discussed, stories and jokes were told, meals were eaten, and my mother could keep an eye on us while doing our homework; clothes were made on that table, and board games and jigsaws were puzzled over. Everything revolved around that kitchen table
A couple of weeks ago, a friend called to say she wanted a simple, no-frills box made for her teardrop camper, and would be round to talk details. A couple of hours later Louise appeared with trailer in tow.
The box was going to be for storing clothes and had to fit within the under-shelf area, be easy to slide in and out and have a lid.
Since the entire inside of the trailer is beautiful maple ply wood, I decided to use 19mm furniture grade ply.
I was recently commissioned to create a podium that could be used by a company’s staff who ranged in height from 5’ to over 6’ so rather than making it a fixed height with an accompanying stool for the shorter staff members, I wanted to make this easily adjustable.
Every home we’ve lived in has always had a clock hanging in the kitchen and one in the living room, ticking away the hours. Whether an eight-day carriage clock or a wall hanging shaker clock, each has had the same familiar, reassuring tick and that unmistakable Westminster Chimes ringing in the hours.
Make a small Heirloom jewellery box from cherry with a single drawer, drop in tray, hinged lid and secret compartment.
It’s hard to imagine being a wood worker and not having a good quality wooden mallet. In fact, the wooden mallet is essential for joinery, furniture making, for chopping mortises and ‘persuading’ joints together and apart. Wooden mallets have been around for thousands of years. Over the years I have accumulated a selection – some purchased and some home made. Read more…