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>Progress on the painted robe.

>This could be the last time I use poplar again, I’ve had to buy extra as it seems hell bent on being…err bent. I would be interested on other peoples views on this rather unstable timber. Anyway here are some progress pic’s… I’ve made the base from 8×2 redwood as this will be a very heavy […]

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>Painted wardrobes

>Been breaking down all of the oak veneered mdf yesterday, and today. Because all of my carcases are going to be the same depth, I thought I would cut all of the sheets in half. When I know they are all the same depth, I stack all the sheets on top of each other, get […]

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>So it begins

>I am about to start my biggest commission to date, one Sycamore triple wardrobe with bookcase to the side, two double European white Ash wardrobes, one painted triple wardrobe, an Ash desk, an Ash bookcase, and an Ash window seat.  This is all for the same client, who lives about 12 miles from me.  All wardrobes […]

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>Workshop Floor.

>Having seen some amazing workshop tours in the past, it must be very comforting to know that when you place a cabinet on the floor it will need minimal levelling before you can shoot the doors in ready for hanging. I’ve worked in one cabinet shop in the past where this was the case, and what a […]

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>Wardrobes finished.

>Been fitting the oak wardrobes and cabinets for the last couple of days, got them finished today. These were hung on French cleats, and took about 40 mins to hang. Few shots of the newly formed walk ins, just needs a lick of paint, and for the handles to be delivered. Thats it for today, I have […]

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>The robe’s continue.

>           So onto the walk in wardrobes… here are the floor to nearly the ceiling doors in dry fit. The Oak is really clean, and very mild to plane by hand. Got the cornice moulded, there is some nice ray pattern on the face side. The little chunky doors glued up. […]

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>Oak robes

>Started on the fielded panels this morning, I profile these on my spindle moulder using an upright jig and a 12 degree cutter. here’s the set up of the jig.. And the result, a nice traditional fielded panel. Here’s Luke my apprentice, always a blaze of activity. The doors need a moulded detail on the […]

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>Oak Wardrobes

>Got a bit of progress on these today starting with the doors, I’ve done all the mortices, and tenons. Then I tried all the joints for a dry fit, and for nice grain matching. I have to say that the Oak boards Boddys sent me are superb, with a really prominent medullary ray fleck pattern on 90% of […]

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>Bits and pieces kind of day

>I have made a start on the oak wardrobes and cabinets today, I cut all of the sheet materials with my track-saw. I’m using  Maxcut v2 on my laptop to help with maximizing sheet materials, this is a free download, you just need to re-register every 30 days. First impressions are it’s really easy to use. […]

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>Workshop, a few improvements(well to me).

>Whilst most think that having a very old barn for a cabinet shop is very right and proper, romantic perhaps. Maybe when clients come to visit they feel that their cabinets are made in a nostalgic location, that harkens back to the good old days.  The reality is very different, when I decided to start […]

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