My second portfolio
The slide show (of things I have made) whizzes through too fast to read the text. But, if you press back or forward manually, you can view at your own pace.
I’m always making boxes.
The two yellow ones were for cream cheeses.
The bottom right contains end caps to protect the jets while I clean the gas stove.
They are in multiples of fluid ounces -
Jars are deep so the spoons are on long handles.
with the addition of a garden spray
for washing the very top of the head
The morning tea
It used to get cold while I snoozed.
So, I bought an electric warmer.
But, it still got cold, so I made a wooden hat to keep the steam in.
The pile driver
This is not a walking cane.
It is very effective for another purpose;
And so is this:
A grain on end stick about 3 ft long running in a groove sliding in a channel cut in another stick with the length of the grain. The close-
Between summer and winter, the grain on end stick contracted by about an inch over the 6 ft width of the porch. And expanded next summer in the humidity.
Important for building the porch floor
For small quantities of sausage meat, left overs, experiments etc this was far simpler and less messy than a proper sausage stuffer.
Made out of plumbing copper.
Rokeby chairs dating from about 1810
These two chairs were badly broken.
I let in pieces to rebuild them.
The ladder to the void
The room blocks wouldn’t fit together (I always draw before I build anything). It suggested a void somewhere.
We gingerly uncovered a space in the roof of the kitchen porch. It was entirely suitable for toilet paper, light bulbs, spare spices etc. anything light.
Hence the ladder to get to it.
I bent this cold from ½” steel rod, parcelled it in electrical tape, and then served it with nylon twine.
The awkward shape of the steps did not lend itself to a wooden handrail.
Beyond is a removable shelf for summer pot plants.
Made out of rosewood, this ladle was long enough for me to get into the cream pot without getting my fingers dirty.
I wanted to make thin pastry cups in popover moulds; also little pastry barquettes.
This is a copper insert I made to enable me to blind bake the crust and pop a brick of meat pâté in the middle, cooked separately.
In this way, the pastry can be kept crisp.
Rosalind had an object (the rightmost object of three in the foreground) which I liked, but use unknown.
I slipped a ball race over it (look hard and you can make it out), and made a wooden form (centre) which would fit over the ball race, and support the kitchen string (left).
No more tugging at reluctant string.
Drawer pull screw
One of the screws was missing from Rosalind’s antique tall boy. It held the brass plate for a drawer pull.
I made a copy (right) of the original (left). Making it look antique, too, is beyond my skill set.
The modern screw thread fitted the antique nut.
I had a factory make up the peel from mahogany left over from my Schooner Gray. It was the wrong shape, and lay about unused for many years. It warped.
Recently, I added a poplar tip, tapered the whole thing (and in doing so got rid of the warp), and brought it back into use.
With hindsight, though, it doesn’t look like mahogany.
Bedside tidy close up
Bookcase waiting to fall on us asleep
Carousel for our dining table -
End grain poplar for a chopping board
There are ten sets round the house of yellow finials, magenta collars, all with drip coves, washers, plastic posts which never rot, beautiful design and execution…..
But still the water gets in
How could you ever run a deep freeze holding several body parts unless you had a card index with brass finials.
You just couldn’t.
I made this 8 ft x 4 ft oval table for me when I was living alone: a must for a single gentleman.
It has 12 legs and still wobbles.
I need reciprocating traction for a bad back. I built it in the Eighties for use on Schooner Gray, and then rebuilt it discreetly under Rosalind’s iron bed stead last year (2017). See the traction in motion by clicking the hot spot below
I found the handle in a New London, CT scrap heap. It came off a heavy duty lathe
Tools, tools, tools….
Top left shows the computer spectacles with their support barrels (see detail right)
into which is fitted the +1 dioptre fixed reading overlay
Or the -
A single +5 dioptre close work lens is shown top right
The spindles are tapered (5° dihedral) to prevent them falling out of the support barrel