Dinning Room Extension Tables.
Second only to hall tables, the dinning room table is easily the most popular item of furniture I make.
For such a simple structure, there is a lot that goes into the design, construction and polishing of a quality table.
Below are examples of three of my extension tables as they have had resurgence in the last few years, mainly due to the conditions of flat/apartment living.
Out of a dozen or so extensions I have made, this table is still one of my favourites
A nice smaller Eastern Mahogany extension with very heavily tapered legs.
A Messmate extension table with 10 of my hand made chairs to match
Turn around time for the basic tables are usually 4 weeks, and 8 weeks for Extension and/or Parquetry tables.
What a Great Table Top This Will Be
I have been getting a bit busy with enquiries and quotes and haven’t finished this Bench/Bar style table (complete with foot rail) in the time frame I wanted, but this will end up being one sensational top for it.
The blood red of the Redgum will compliment the rich gold and deep brown of the African Rosewood superbly. I am also very lucky I have some Incredible, over the top Fiddleback African Rosewood legs to match. This is gunna be a cracker of a small table.
So here is the top all glued up. All it needs is the breadboard ends, then it’s ready to scrape clean and polish.
The table will be approximately 1300mm x 550mm x 900mm (h) It will be superb for use with bar stools.
It will end up in my “For Sale” section very soon.
So far so good. Looking forward to getting them in and getting the cabinet scraper out to finish it before polishing… This is a “non-sandpapered table.” Just the Shelix head on the Jointer, hand plane and cabinet scraper will be used.Very undulating and natural the surfaces will be. Its something I have been wanting to do with all my furniture for a while now.
N.B. In the background, you can see the breadboard ends fitted to the top , and the wild fiddleback on the legs.
The final bit of woodwork now completed. The Bottom rail details below made from my favourite Aussie timber, Blackbean. The rails are semi housed into the side rails with a 10mm chamfered overhang, and a through mortised tenon in the middle for stability. All to do now is a final scrape and I will start oiling.
Just like my Blackbean and Redgum Burl Hall Table (below) The “black pitch pockets” in the center strip of the above top, will be cleaned right out and highlighted, and not filled with horrible black epoxy… Yuk.
THE ODDS AND ENDS AND BITS AND PIECES PAGE
Not only do i make Tables, Chairs and Cabinets, but a range of odds and ends like-
Carvings, Boxes, Wine Racks, Chopping Boards and even sometimes for fun, Toys 🙂
A very groovy Jarrah base for a clinker to sit in to be used as a dinning room table
A hand carved Australian Red Cedar, Train “Fly wire screen”
Their is nothing i wont have a go at making.
You think it up, and i will make it.
PLASMA & LCD TV CABINETS
With Santa handing out a record number of Plasma and LCD televisions this Christmas, I though it would be the perfect opportunity to show the two most popular styles of cabinets I make and sell.
The first is the contemporary looking, and now days more popular than ever 3-way miter cabinet (or other common names, Parson Joint or Chinese counter top joint.)
This particular join of mine is all solid, as apposed to the bigger popular commercial furniture outlets, whose joins are butted and doweled with parquetry style veneers, cut at 45 and glued on.
Also note the bottom and two center rails have birds beak joins to visually tie in with the mitered leg/top rails. And just to finish it off, some nice simple Blackwood home made handles.
Note, both these Sassafras cabinets can be made with 100% solid timber and/or combined solid and veneered timbers of your choice.
Next is the simply styled River Red Gum cabinet, suited to most decors.
The main points with this design, are the outer measurements of the TV casing are the exact same as the outside measurements of the legs of the cabinet, this makes the TV and cabinet merge into one, like it belongs to it, not just placed on top with no thought to the aesthetics of the design.
The overhang of the top is also a little larger than usual, giving it a nice visual appeal as it takes away the boxy look of the unit.
The other feature is handmade angle iron brackets, bolted flush the to back of the cabinet. The TV is then placed directly on the back of the cabinet top, and then screwed to the brackets. Apart from being very strong, the main reason is to dispose of the unsightly plastic bases that most use. This method of mine not only makes the whole unit look sleek and unique, but if you are going to have quality timber, then why cover it up.
Turn around time for those interested in purchasing one is usually 3-4 weeks for the simple designs, and up to 8 weeks for the more complex designs.
Most who know me, know of my love of chair making. Unfortunately in this day and age, cheap inferior Asian imported chairs have totally flooded the market.
Now days when customers enquire about having a set of dining chairs made, they almost faint when they hear the price. It’s very sad as a woodworker, that a set of 8 imported dining chairs sell for the equivalent of one quality hand made chair.
So far in 2010, i have made 2 sets of 8 dinning chairs, down from around 15 in 2005. All isn’t lost though, as the rise in numbers for chair reproduction has been dramatic. Now days its very common for a customer to come to me with a very funky chair purchased from an Opp Shop and request another 1, 5 or 7 copies, and some customers have very old and valuable antique chairs, and one or two are missing and complete exact replacements need to be made.
I find this type of work more rewarding and challenging than standard chair making. In my “Chair” links above, you can see some of the copies. Easy to spot… as they are in pairs.
IS SHOWN IN “TIPS & WIPs IN THE NAVIGATION MENU)
Even though hand crafted chair sales have plummeted Australia wide, fortunately, there are excellent woodworkers scattered around the country both Professional and Amateur, who are keeping the art of chair making alive, and producing some stunning work. In the coming weeks I will feature some of those makers and their superb creations.
Shown above, are three of my chairs of vastly different styles and construction methods, and as i have already explained and posted a detailed WIP (work in progress) of the Conoid chair (its in the Tips & WIPs menu)
More Extension Tables – with a twist.
I have had terrific response from my extension table thread, but one question that popped up a few times “Are their any other types I make”.
Well there is, and these are a little different than the usual type (of this style) that are shopped around these days.
The difference is in the use of the extension leaves when not used in full extension mode. For this style of table, most designs have you putting them under the couch or in a wardrobe, It’s basically a lack of foresight and/or imagination from the designer/makers, but not with my tables.
I have my spare leaves incorporated into either a small table, or coffee table as shown below.
Here are two separate tables. Blackwood and some superb Curly Messmate, and the Coffee table (to keep costs down) was ordered using Victorian Ash.
This shows the top the Coffee Table tops taken off, and added each end to the main table.
What is not shown in this photo below, is the sacrificial ply top (used with a tablecloth over it if needed) on the Coffee Table frame.
The *stained – is to note I despise staining timber, and if anyone wants Vic Ash furniture from me that is stained a different colour, there is a $2500 extra surcharge even for a $400 coffee table 🙂 🙂
Business Cards and Flyers
Finally got around to getting my flyers Photoshopped and printed, and with the help of a few friends will be coming soon to a letterbox near you. 🙂
At the same time I also got around to finally making a business card. So much easier these days doing it yourself rather than getting commercial printers doing it for you. Probably doesn’t look as professional as im only a beginner with Photoshop, but it serves its purpose by getting my details out.
And finally a BIG thank you to Neil from Inkjet & Toner in Ballarat for doing a terrific job in printing them for me. One of the best spots in Ballarat if you need Printers or Cartridges.
One thing that made me laugh is his funny little delivery van. Its gear change stick is on the dashboard. What a cracker 🙂