Archive by Author



The feint, in cardboard. The finished radiator surround, in maple, walnut, curly cherry and bad light. The room which was waiting for the added rad surround. Cabinetwork in maple, with walnut doors, curly cherry display drawers – tops in black granite and copper details all over.

10 – Copper finishing


Fresh copper is a bit bright, and over a fireplace will discolour in any case, even if lacquered. The choice here was to add patination with a blowtorch and some chemistry, then wash and paste wax to finish. So the handles and fireplace header were cut, drilled as required, filed smooth, sanded (#320 and a […]

9 – Oil finishing


A pic of the most important oil-finishing tools. A Tri-star vac – pay upfront, and keep forever. The mop for wetting down the floors, a defining action for an oiled finish, along with liberal use of tack-cloths.   The oil finish consists of 2 coats of Livos #244, and 1 or 2 topcoats of #243. […]

8 – Sanding!


The exclamation mark indicates joy. For those inclined to this kind of info here’s what was done: Belt sander # 150 on solid slabs, planks and all the doors. Then grits 150 – 180 – 220 on all the work – always with a Festool 1/2 sheet sander, and with either Festool or Sia abrasives, […]

7 – Hangers and handles


Getting open shelves hung on a wall without any visible fastening, and still able to be site-scribed at installation time, can be awkward. I usually opt for aluminum channels and angles, recessed in the shelf backs, and the sides where applicable. The deeper recess here allows for a bit of site fitting to the side […]