Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A box for two goblets

Top is poplar, sides and base are pine, stained with a homemade walnut-husk stain.

The wood is Planed and left with that surface, which ha a great feel to it, with slight undulations. The sides are rebated for one another, the base and lid are rebated to accept the sides. They are glued with round-headed nails, as the smallest cut nails I had would have split the box to pieces. Though not quite period I like the way they look.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

First egg today

March 8th and we got our first egg of the season!

Trestle table legs

Done! I might want to remake the top pieces, I don't like the angle of the holes.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Trestle table legs II

Old fence rails shaved down to be legs for the trestle table.

Six passes
Twenty six passes gives a reasonably flat surface, so I flip it over to work on the opposing side. The peak has been lopped off with a hatchet.

Many passes with the plane gets that surface reasonable. Now I'm debating if I want to try to get two legs out of this..

It's three inches wide which would make it One and a half, minus the kerf. The holes in the too pieces are one and a quarter, so that doesn't leave much margin for cleaning up the sawn face. And it wouldn't leave much for the legs to be rectangular...

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Trestle table legs

A friend of mine has a lovely trestle table for medieval cooking demos but it rests on modern sawhorses. So she thought it would be nice to have proper trestle legs for it. She showed me a few pictures and so I am making these. Old sawn lumber, planed down, shaped and pierced.

The making of holes is said to be boring, so brace yourself.

A box for two goblets

Requested of me was a box for two glass goblets, to protect them while they were on the wagons to and from events.

I had a rough sawn plank of sufficient width which I planed smooth. Then cut to size and rebated for the corners. Then they are trimmed up for final fitting with a chisel.

Several extant small coffrets have square feet in the corners. As there was a bit left of the plank I thought that this box too should have them as well. As the remaining piece was 6 13/16 the math for that would be difficult at best. Here then a medieval technique to the rescue! They aren't called dividers for nothing.

Gimlet then for the pilot holes, that the nails don't split the timbers.