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Furniture - New Endtable - English Wheel

Postby sru_tx » Fri Sep 01, 2017 6:31 pm

My previous pieces incorporated sweeping bends in the wood or square tubular steel. I've been playing around with some different ideas and going in a different direction. I bought an inexpensive english wheel from Northern Tool, a Harbor Freight "Beverly shear" knockoff, and made a Wray Schelin inspired stump out of 2x4's. I played around with a few bowls and then started on my first design using CR 18gauge steel.

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Stump and shear
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English Wheel w/ a pipe clamp to stiffen
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Test fitting back to buck
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Finished piece
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Re: Furniture - New Endtable - English Wheel

Postby dgapilot » Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:34 pm

Nice


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Re: Furniture - New Endtable - English Wheel

Postby AndersK » Sat Sep 02, 2017 3:53 am

Well done, I like it.
Will the surface be metal finnish or paint?
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Re: Furniture - New Endtable - English Wheel

Postby sru_tx » Sat Sep 02, 2017 8:56 am

Thanks.

Actually it is finished. I used a die grinder w scotchbrite pads on all of the pieces after wheeling but before welding to get rid of scratches. I like the HAZ rainbow along the edge and have left it in my other pieces. I wiped on a coat of Flood Penetrol to protect the finish.

As a recovering engineer I used to want a uniform appearance but I have learned to embrace the color and subtleties as "handmade". I now feel that if people want a shiny uniform appearance... go to IKEA. :lol:

Side story regarding finish: With hurricane harvey heading to town I needed to get a finish on the bare metal, so I decided to try a quick drying finish from Rustoleum or Krylon. I rattle can sprayed it on and on the second coat I saw a slight sag in the finish on a very visible spot. I decided to lightly sand the spot and that's when all hell broke loose. Finish obviously didn't adhere and started peeling around the sanding spot. Long story short, I ended up using acetone and MEK to completely strip finish but that resulted in some sort of chemical reaction with the entire piece turning gold/rust and losing some of the HAZ coloring. I ended up scotchbriting the bright sections and putting on Flood. I was worried that after 2 weeks of work I had ruined the piece in a matter of 15 minutes. Luckily it came out ok.

I learned a lot from this piece and plan to do others.
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Re: Furniture - New Endtable - English Wheel

Postby MinnesotaDave » Sat Sep 02, 2017 1:50 pm

Based on this piece, I believe you have fully recovered from your time as an engineer :D
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Re: Furniture - New Endtable - English Wheel

Postby motox » Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:35 am

really nice and very interesting design.
its great to see a craftsmen take mediocre tools and make
first class projects!!
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Re: Furniture - New Endtable - English Wheel

Postby sru_tx » Mon Sep 04, 2017 10:41 am

Thanks Minnesota Dave (I think ;) ) I may try a variation on this one and either grind/polish the entire piece smooth or grind the welds and then patina/rust the entire piece.

Thanks Motox. Being curious and learning about sooo many things, it's just not cost effective to by high end equipment unless I know I'm going to use it a lot. I've got to say it's been a bit of an adjustment for me to be called a craftsman or even (gasp) an artist. I am learning to accept these compliments but in my mind I'm just making stuff.

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Re: Furniture - New Endtable - English Wheel

Postby motox » Mon Sep 04, 2017 6:13 pm

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how did you capture the glass in the metal?
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Re: Furniture - New Endtable - English Wheel

Postby sru_tx » Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:58 am

Craig, the glass slips into a slot so that it's supported underneath and captured on top. The center support acts as a fulcrum as items are placed on top.

The back has a "smiley" face shaped slot that the glass slides into. I did not want to leave the back's upper edge exposed as a single thickness (visually unappealing) nor did I want the glass to exert force on a single thickness of metal (potential chipping issue), so I made a curved beak-shaped hood that is welded to the back. Where the back and the beak meet the glass make a crescent-shaped opening which I fit another piece of sheet. Now the glass is supported at all points by flat pieces rather than edges.

This project was an exercise in 3D using a 2D material. It was a lot of fun in a painful sort of way and am looking forward to coming up w a new design.

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Re: Furniture - New Endtable - English Wheel

Postby motox » Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:02 pm

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some nice fab and engineering!
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