Monthly Archives: May 2013

Picture This VII

A reader enquired if I tidied up the sawn surfaces of the fretted sides of the Chippendale hanging shelves I made last year. I replied that I performed the minimum of cleaning up as that was how equivalent surfaces appear … Continue reading

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A George I Simulated Tortoiseshell Girandole – Part Three

As has been mentioned here before, imitating tortoiseshell on furniture has been achieved with varying degrees of realism down the centuries. The tortoiseshell backgrounds of japanned work often consisted of nothing more complex than random daubs of opaque black paint … Continue reading

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Castor Eyes over This!

History doesn’t relate who invented the wheel, but some of the earliest examples of wheels employed on furniture were in the mid 1600s under heavy trundle beds. Castors (wheel assemblies whose wheel axes are offset from the vertical axes about … Continue reading

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A George I Simulated Tortoiseshell Girandole – Part Two

The pine girandole frame consists of two parts; the main fretted frame, and a thinner, moulded frame that is attached to the front of the fretted frame. Fig. 1. Half-lapped and mitred front frame. Fig. 2. Front frame and fretted … Continue reading

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