Monthly Archives: April 2011

The Guessing Game is up!

530 people viewed the Guessing Game. Nobody correctly guessed both answers, however, Adam Palmer correctly guessed the timber, yew – but then promptly retracted his guess! I surmised eating the chocolate bunny myself might be the right course of action. … Continue reading

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A George I Walnut Side Table – Part Six

The side table was stained and oiled in a matter of a few hours, but the cool weather slowed the drying time down considerably. We had a spell of sunny weather which heated the Tin Toolbox (my workshop) to an … Continue reading

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Guessing Game

Would anyone care to hazard a guess as to the identity of this wood and speculate what I’m doing with it? (There’s a clue elsewhere in this blog.) There was going to be a prize for the correct answers – … Continue reading

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A George I Walnut Side Table – Part Five

I want to bring the brasses up to a fairly high lustre when I finally fit them to this piece of furniture, so this colour merely represents what will be left in the nooks and crannies in imitation of handles … Continue reading

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A George I Walnut Side Table – Part Four

The upper drawer divider was dovetailed into the front legs and the outer drawer guides were nailed and glued to the sides of the carcase. The front of the carcase was then veneered and tidied up. I glued the ears … Continue reading

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Do these drawers make my arsedine* look big?

Today I am in receipt of the brasses for the walnut side table I’m making. The newly arrived brasses. The handles were ordered from Optimum Brasses and quality wise, they are virtually useable as is, with just a few casting … Continue reading

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Sorry, can you say that again?

Following my recent post, The Things Antiques Dealers Say…, I received a number of comments and emails from readers, who, for the most part, entered into the spirit of the tongue-in-cheek rundown of dealers’ parlance. However, one anonymous epistolarian – … Continue reading

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The Things Antiques Dealers Say…

… and what they really mean. An irreverent look at some of the trade jargon used by our esteemed antiques dealers. ‘It has a Colonial feel about it.’ ‘It looks somewhat primitive.’ ‘It’s possibly North American.’ ‘It’s outrageous!’ ‘It’s possibly … Continue reading

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Keeping the Home Fires Burning

The approaching antipodean winter puts me in mind of my old workshops in the South West of England. The premises were old, converted farm buildings, constructed from mellow Hamstone (a local yellow Jurassic limestone), which were pleasantly cool in summer, … Continue reading

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