My last big project introduced me to 18th century European joinery and really got me hooked on the idea of more complex assemblies that are locked solidly together before any fastenings or glue arrive on the scene. This winter I’m planning to build a
I know I said I was taking a break to get back to sailing for the summer but there was a surprise in store for me.
On April 26th I had my boat hauled out of the water for bottom paint and a couple of quick maintenance issues. It was to go back in on t
I’ve come to a place that is convenient to take a break. Sailing season is approaching and I have work to do on my boat to be ready. This cabinet will be put on the back burner for now and I’ll do the big front marquetry next winter.
At this point bo
Here’s the video of the first stage of gluing up the curved side. In this stage the marquetry is not glued to the cabinet. It is laminated into a custom curved piece of plywood with two thin poplar veneers. This will be removed, trimmed and then glued
Since the last entry I’ve made a good bit of progress. The side panels are now completely finished and ready to be mounted on the cabinet and the front door panel is well underway. I’m also including a few pics of the custom veneer press I made up to
I’ve finished the Main parquetry / marquetry panels that will go on the sides of my cabinet …... finally.
This iconic Jean Henri Reisener parquetry is amazingly dramatic but very labour intensive to build. It contains 96 individual flowers, each of
It’s been a lot of fun and quite a learning experience but the construction part of this 18th C. kitchen cabinet is about wrapped up. I will be starting to cover it with marquetry in the coming weeks.
Top and bottom glued in
A little video of the first stage of gluing up the 18th C. cabinet. The top, bottom, and back are assembled dry to assure squareness and fit. The top and bottom will be glued separately later. The back remains loose and can be slid in or out.
Here are the last few that should bring the construction up to date with my project post. I highly recommend that you try this style of joinery. It is amazingly rigid even without glue. I’ll post again when there is more progress.
I’ve got a lot of pictures. Did I mention I love this joinery? Here are a few that set up the assembly.
Again pretty self explanatory, ask questions if you like.
This blog series is a year old now, starting in Dec. 2020.
There seemed to be a lot of interest in my 18th century French joinery post so I thought I’d throw out some progress pics. They are fairly self explanatory if you have watched the video https
My first student has just finished his level one interactive video course and it was a big success. He received over three hours of video instruction and sent me ten videos of his work for critique. We communicated on messenger several times a day. It