joinery

Small Oak dining table

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I made this dining table for a friend of mine earlier this year out of some wood sourced and milled locally by another friend. It was a beautiful windblown oak that had been sat in a field for a few years until they decided to mill it up.

I used traditional mortise and tenon joints with drawbored dowels to keep it held together. For the top I glued together multiple boards with grain directions facing alternative ways. Doing this reduces the likelihood of the top cupping or moving with seasonal humidity/temperature changes. Wide boards look great but I think I actually prefer the look of this top.

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Wood prints

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Recently I’ve been playing with ink and wood in order to create some interesting end grain relief prints on paper. I’m still working on the method required to get definition between the yearly growth rings. The results can be quite striking.

I made a frame for one of the Sweet Chestnut prints using Sweet Chestnut timber! Bridle joints with brown Oak dowels hold the whole thing together.

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Stable renovation with Western Red Cedar

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Earlier this year I worked on a tree job with my friend Alex from http://www.forestryandfencing.com

He was asked to removed a huge Western Red Cedar from a clients garden and we discussed the idea of milling the stems to provide some timber that could be used around the house and garden. WRC is a naturally durable timber which means it doesn’t need any chemical treatments in order to be used outside. It is also a very beautiful looking timber and is the most stable softwood which lends itself to construction use as seasonally it moves very little. It smells great which is another perk!

Between us we decided that the best use for the timber was to renovate an old horse stable that they had been using to store various things in. the old stud work and cladding were pretty far gone in terms of rot so we carefully dismantled the sides of the barn and used props to keep the roof held up.

WRC is one of my favourite timbers to use for external building work. it cuts and takes fixings very well without the need to do a pilot hole for the screws - even close to the ends of the boards where you would usually get split out. I opted for the use of stainless steel screws and black coated fixings to maximise weather durability.

All the timber used to build this was milled with my portable Lucas mill which was perfect for cutting the dimensions needed for a job like this.

Pippy Oak Coffee Table

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A recent commission I worked on over Christmas was this Pippy/burr Oak coffee table. The spec was for something rustic but also bespoke and sleek. A hard combination sometimes as I often think most 'rustic' furniture can look pretty lazy.

I used some stopped, dovetailed half lap joints to tie the rails together. 

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For the legs I decided to go with a X shape and used strengthened Lap joints which are incredibly strong but also pretty time consuming to get perfect!

I Have to admit I feel like bowtie/butterfly keys are becoming a bit overused in furniture at the moment. I do appreciate the need to stop cracks from opening up though so put a couple in the top

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All assembled and oiled with Osmo Polyx oil

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