Monday, 10 October 2011

the catch up part 2

So my second attempt at updating my life online continues with detailing what i have been making for my local gallery. If you remember my 'scape' mirrors are sold in a local gallery and the owner has asked me to make some more designs to display. So since returning from cumbria i have been making a nest of the 'cant' sidetables. After making the first prototype a few months ago now i had to do alot more testing into how the table top was secured into the frame, as it is based on a cantilever construction and i had to make sure the table top could hold a fair amount of weight, in keeping with traditional sidetables of the same size. I found that metal helped alot! and so the new design incorporates metal pins that go through the wood frame as well as the acrylic top, but all consealed in the frame work.

So once this was achieved i set about scaling down the table to make a smaller version that would slide underneath, hence a nest of tables was created. This was not as easy as it seemed but finally i reached a size and proportion i was happy with and set about buying the ash from my local wood yard and preparing it for working.

The first table had a clear top but i wanted the design to be more stark and colourful so i looked into gettting some different coloured acrylic panels to use for the table top. But annoyingly i could not source any coloured acrylic thikcer than 5mm. My design needed 10mm or the whole principle would not work. So i had to settle for white acrylic sheets, which if you look at the sneak pic i will post on twitter later today looks amazing, and gives a great modern contrast, which i am really pleased about. So these past few weeks have been a manic mix of gluing, sanding, cutting, measuring, screwing and clamping in order to get these finished. And as i write this all i have to do now is one last piece of gluing and then the frames can be sealed and waxed/oiled i have'nt decided yet. Then they will wing there way to the local gallery and i shall also put these on as well so there will be two versions of my modern unique table to choose from.

Once they are finished i start on my next project which is bedroom based this time and will include a combination of reclaimed sapelle wood and an as yet undecided second wood that needs to contrast with sapelle really well. any ideas??

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