Beginnings, Middles, and Ends

We have projects in all states this week.  I'm finishing up the sofa and my chair while Larissa is in the midst of coffee table construction.  We're also embarking on a new commission that's just at the proposal stage right now.

The legs have been bent...and that's really the hardest part of this whole process.  Curvy legs do add complications along the way, though.  How do you cut these guys to length.  After weighing the pros and cons of a tablesaw jig, bandsaw and disc sander, and a few other ideas, Larissa settle on using the router to get all of the legs to the same size. 

She's using a nice little multi-functional jig that rides on the fence of the table saw to cut the joint into the top of the legs.  This guy tends to be handy for a lot of things we do. 

As the mortise and tenon joints are fit and everything starts coming together these bits of wood are starting to look like something! 

 

If you've taken a class with us, you know that our finishing process takes a while.  We have bits and pieces in every state of completion.  I began this week by finishing up the shaping of the joinery on the table tops and oiled them up.  The last time we made this design, I glued up the tabletop first.  It made finishing a bit of a nightmare.  This time, I'll finish everything first, then assemble and hope everything works out better.

We had some milder weather for about two hours this week, so it was a good time to clear out the spray booth to topcoat the sofa and chair.  I'm putting the final coats on the arms over the next few days.  We should be able to photograph and deliver this guy by the end of the month.

We were contacted by a couple who is looking for a few pieces.  A dining table, two benches, and some chairs.  I'm working through the process of coming up with a design that fits their need.  We always charge a small design fee at the outset of a project so we can afford to spend the time it takes on one of the most important parts of a project.  It also helps us filter out the people that aren't serious about purchasing our work.  It's a heartbreaker to invest time and effort in something when someone isn't really considering buying it in the end.

I made a few models after some quick sketches.  As I was drawing at home, my daughter suggested I add sparkles and Moana stickers.  I wanted to run that by you all before committing.  The couple is supplying their own granite top for the dining table which does, in fact, sparkle.  The stickers, though.