In the five or so weeks since my last post I've continued to experiment with credenza styles. Not so much the shape, but the door fronts and legs.The laser cutter is proving to be far more capable than me. With some technology, the only limitations are the imagination of the user. The learning curve is growing ever steeper but I'm managing to drag myself up there by my fingernails. I so wish I had payed more attention to computer studies class at school.
So I've been trying out some new fretwork designs.
The two above are cut-through fretwork doors. Below, the design is just etched into the laminate surface
The legs are aluminium angle cut into 6mm slices. I was persuaded to try it after seeing the ballsy Mad for Mod making big with the power tools. This was the start of the trials and tribulations I mentioned in my post title. First, in a moment of utter stupidity, I cut the aluminium without wearing glasses. A sliver of metal flicked up into my eye and left me cursing my own recklessness. That day ended with me watching Warm Bodies (which is très funny by the way), munching through a half kilo box of banana flavoured toffee, all with no depth perception. Next day, blurry eyed, I returned to cutting and managed to bend the angle stop on my saw. Geeez! You know there are three occasions when you shouldn't use machinery...when you're tired, when you're grumpy and when you've been drinking alcohol. I've done all three - sometimes together - and believe me, the outcome is never good...ergo the bent angle stop.
Paris Renfroe who had the design savvy to use this idea first.
You know it took me an age to balance that 20 pence piece on the top ha-ha
I also wanted to resolve something that has, for a long time, niggled at my conscience. I hate to waste materials. Wood, especially, is becoming a rare commodity. Wood sheet that you buy from the hobby shops tend to be in three inch wide sheets which is great if your building three inch wide furniture. I seem to have an abundance of 15 - 20 mm strips which are too narrow for anything. My solution was to cut a wave into one edge and then glue the strips, offset, one on top of the other.
I guess you would call it basket weave. Though the doors are 'dummy' and can't be opened, I do like the texture it adds to the credenza.
I bought a magazine I don't normally buy because it had a piece about designing furniture and getting the dimensions right. The magazine is Fine Wood Working - how to design furniture if you want to buy it. Rather than infringe the magazine's copyright, here's a link to a pdf showing standard furniture dimensions. It's really helpful if you're making your own scale miniature furniture and need guidelines.
Hm, what else have I been up to? I met up with some friends recently. My mate from the Netherlands, Josephine, has just the coolest Dad. He's pretty clever with small electrical stuff and decided to build me a tiny Radio receiver that fits into the miniature Cathedral radios that I make. Thank you Mans, the radio literally rock and rolls now!
Okay, that's enough from me. I'm off to get Sunday Lunch with my nearest and dearest.
Have a great weekend all