For the most part, the way this blog operates – and the way the majority of readers tell me they prefer it – is: I illustrate a piece of antique furniture that I admire and describe it in some detail. I then saw some wood, make some authentic mouldings, stick the whole lot together in a time-honoured fashion, polish it, fix appropriate hardware to it and hopefully everybody will have gleaned something from it all. Well sometimes it doesn’t go quite so swimmingly.
To make an elm cupboard, I first require elm. I have some gargantuan elm boards which are becoming increasingly difficult to get hold of, so I am reserving them for making Windsor chair seats of the proportions necessary to accommodate my ample posterior. I have other odds and ends of elm left over from various jobs, but nothing substantial enough even for this little elm corner cupboard.
I broadcast a plea for some elm and a woodworking club about 200 kilometres south west of Melbourne offered me this lot of boards which, by no means perfect, looked to be sufficient and adequate for reproducing a small provincial style cupboard.
The price was agreed and after electronically transferring the funds, this is what materialised…
As chance would have it, a member of another group, the Warragul Woodworkers’ Club, was coming up to Melbourne today and brought me a dozen or so nice wide elm slabs and boards.
So, I’m back on track and will hopefully have some real progress to report in my next dispatch.