Monday 5 January 2015


Patience 2014

Four or more years ago a client arrived in my shop with 5 pieces of oddly shaped maple burl veneer and asked me to make a cabinet inspired by the veneer shape.  And so my journey began...  

After making a "proof of concept" and many mock ups

Work began on round drawers

Bow front doors


French polishing for that perfect shine

and trimming

and fitting

and overcoming obstacles

Fitting drawers

and turning drawer fronts on the lathe

It was a long journey but well worth it.

Thursday 1 January 2015

Cutting Mortises for the Stern Chair

Here is how I cut the mortises on the back of the Stern chair.  

My Domino would not cut a mortise wide enough so I made a jig to accurately overlap two Domino slots.  It took quite a bit of trial and error to get the hole spacing on the jig just right.

The jig served as a reference fence for the Domino
The centre line on the jig marked the centre line for the mortise

The outside hole on the jig marked the location for Domino pin to cut the first slot
First mortise complete
The inside hole on the jig marked the location for the 2nd plunge cut
The mortise is now complete
The walnut tenon fits perfectly