Saturday, April 30, 2011
I have began to make upholstered furniture, kind of in the same style of the 18th and 19th century work I normally do. I have never really seen how upholstered frames go together so I build all mine with mortise and tenon joints, later finding out most frames made by companies are done with dowel construction which apparently is strong enough, so a mortise and tenon would be even better and much stronger. I use a basic fabric of Osnaburg for everything to have the look of a period piece. The webbing in the seat make for very comfortable furniture. I also use cotton batting to give a fluffy and less modern feel. I am going to make one when I have time for my house so I can put it through a durability test of my own.
Monday, April 18, 2011
My wife and I have bought a new house in Nixa, Mo. It has about 3.5 acres of land that our daughter Lily can run and play and grow up in a much better surrounding than we are in now. Also the place has a 30 x 50 shop that I'm going to work out of and do chair classes from. It's a monster from what I have now. I am very lucky we found the place and actually got it. As soon as it's all finalized and we start moving in I'll post some pics of it. It's a shop the size I have wanted (and needed) for quite some time. As you start getting more tools and more orders you have to have extra room to get everything done and working. This shop will make room for me for a long time.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Here I am putting the black milk paint coat on. The chair is getting into the final stages and becoming more of what you think a Windsor Chair looks like.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Here is what is known as "in the white". A chair ready for paint and begging for color.
Here the first color is going on. This is Terra Cotta Red. I always start with the undercarriage and work my way up. The bottom of the stretchers get the first dose of color and I always complete an individual part before moving onto the next. You can also see my label I put on the underside or the seat. I sign and date every piece I make and glue on a paper label. The underside of the chair only gets a coat of Linseed Oil and will age to a golden brown color in just a few years.
Friday, April 8, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Sunday, April 3, 2011
These pictures show shaping a seat starting by hand planing the blank flat then carving out a seat with the inshave and travisher and finally using a spokeshave. These are the same tools used to make all the antique Windsor Chairs and they still work, probably better, than most power tools we have today. Plus, you don't get those cool looking hand tools marks if you use a sander to smooth it up. Hand tool work is really not as hard as most poeple think, if, the tools are sharp and tuned up. They really can make quick work if you use them right and can read the grain direction, and the only noise is that sweet swooshing sound the tool makes from the contact with the wood.
www.tkellyfurniture.com coined this thing the "Titanic" and I think I am actually going to call it that, it's a perfect name for this monster.
One night while we were getting our daughter Lily Mae ready for bed and into her PJ's, a fly started buzzing around, so I was trying to smack it in my hands and Lily just started busting up laughing. I couldn't help but but keep it up. I mean who doesn't love a laughing child. Theres no better medicine than to hear those few seconds of pure joy.