Saturday, August 2, 2014

Swedish style trestle table

Not much tinkering has been going on in the workshop lately so it is with a real sense of achievement I can announce the completion of my trestle table.  I have opted for my preferred treatment of pine which is white paint.  I have tried to age the finish a bit with contrasting coloured under coats and a light rub so that some of those colours show.  The design is an interesting one and the table should prove useful because it knocks down to a flat pack for easy transport.  The cross beam has through tapered mortises which take a wedge.  The table ends fit over the cross beam ends and the wedges lock in place.




Sunday, June 22, 2014

Winter in Melbourne

Nice winter day for a run up the river.  Unique opportunity to take my boat through the middle of the city up to Herring Island and back to Williamstown.




Sunday, June 15, 2014

What's wrong with this picture?

Boating without a sail?  I don't know about that.  But with a trip up river on the cards I thought it was worth a try.  Our initial trip was out Mordialloc creek and was pleasant enough considering the rain.  Out on the bay it just didn't seem right without a mainsheet in one hand and a tiller in the other.




Monday, June 9, 2014

Breadboard ends

Slowly but surely my trestle table is coming together.  After edge joining six planks I cut a wide tenon at each end with my router leaving a raised ridge on the outer edge to support my router base during the cut.  I then cut the tenon to the finished 45mm length and cut out the two locking tenons leaving the shorter edge behind.  The end mortise started as a 10m x 6mm groove cut on my router table and then the two deeper sections roughed out on the drill press and clean out by hand with my mortising chisel.  Once fitted together I drilled holes and cut two hardwood locking pins and glued everything together.




Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sailing Begonia

Begonia is the Wooden Boat Association club boat.  I don't know its history in detail but I know it was built in the early 90's by Tom Whitfeild who I believe was a local boat builder.  The boat is traditional lapstrake construction with huon pine planking.  The Association claims the boat is easy to set up but I prefer to watch the experts setup her rig.  She does seem to be well behaved and sails well in light wind.  I need to spend more time at the helm.



Friday, May 23, 2014

Wooden boat building made to look easy

Great video showing how easy it is to build a wooden boat.  Interesting steam bending technique and an interesting rowing technique towards the end.  Not a battery drill or pot of epoxy in sight.  Amazing.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Swedish flat pack. 18th century style

This project started out as a way to use up some of my extensive collection of junk pine collected from hard rubbish.  The idea was to produce a knock down utility table out of scrap and move it on to a new home.  What I didn't count on was just how well the design would be received in the licensed2tinker household.  Now the pressure is on to turn my junk pine into fine furniture.  That $75 worth new hoop pine boards will help.