Monday, 29 October 2018
The owner of the sideboard sent me these pictures of another two pieces she owns. The little stool has been very well used, but it's been built to take it. The last one of these I saw come up at auction fetched well over £1,000
This side table would have cost far more at the time and certainly would have taken a lot longer to make, but now the style makes it less desirable which is a shame.
Both pieces are appreciated and get well used, which is nice to hear.
Thursday, 25 October 2018
I've got the opportunity of bringing an Alan Peters sideboard back to life. The drawers are sticking, the doors don't close properly and the whole thing needs refinishing. It was made back in 1977, in the typical style of the day, using Cuban mahogany, oak and cedar of Lebanon. A note also came with it, saying the nicely finished rear panel (below) was chestnut, although it's actually a soft wood, probably cedar of Lebanon again as the interior has a typically sweet smell. The note also said the timber was recycled from a table in a mill.
The construction of the carcass is 1/8" thick band sawn veneers on a plywood base to take care of seasonal movement.
The drawers are beautifully dovetailed with quarter sawn oak sides. The rounded drawer pull is found on many of Alans pieces.
Also typical of Alans work is this subtle bead detail to hide the hinge barrels, a throw back to his Barnsley training. I've used this technique on a number of occasions and it's very neat.
The bead detail is echoed at the back of the top...…..
…...as well as in the doors.
And of course the biggest 'give away' his name stamp!
The top has a large stain and the finish has faded badly.
There are a number of deep scratch marks.
As well a numerous dents.
Here is a sample board of Cuban mahogany finished with Skelton Peacock Oil. This is hopefully gives some idea of what the refinished piece will look like.
Sunday, 14 October 2018
The results of two days hard dovetailing, four very nicely made, dead accurate dovetail alignment boards. We started with lots of practice cuts, followed by a couple of demanding practice joints before moving onto the alignment boards. The lovely quarter sawn oak proved to be very tough and quite brittle, adding an extra challenge to the work. A very enjoyable course and I'm looking forward to the next one.
Saturday, 13 October 2018
Good vision is essential in cutting fine dovetails. Here Simon has a bright lamp as well as borrowing my Opti Visor for a bit of extra magnification.
Good technique from Clinton chopping out the waste on the tails.
A pair of fine practice joints.
The brass face of a cutting gauge can create a lot of friction, things run much more smoothly with a lignum vitae face. Sharpening the cutters also helps!
Wednesday, 10 October 2018
A rare Norris A7 pre war shoulder plane.
An even rarer Robert Towell brass and steel mitre plane.
A nice Mathieson small shoulder plane
An early rare Norris A48
Tuesday, 2 October 2018
I'm letting a few more planes go. First is this lovely little smoother by Konrad Sauer. All steel dovetailed construction offsets the stunning black and white ebony.
A larger Bill Carter mitre plane in dovetailed bronze with a burr boxwood infill. Super tight mouth and a great user.
A rare Norris No5 smoother, the non adjustable model from the 1920/1030's.
And finally below, a full sized and very heavy Norris A51 which would make a superb user with a very tight mouth.