Work in progress is a record of my current projects. I will endeavour to explain through text and images how I make each piece. Showing how I overcome some of the tricky bits such as setting out, indexing, holding the work.
I am currently working on four pieces. These are:- one small chests, two pencil pots and a dish.
I have already roughed out the basic shapes and they are now drying out as any shrinkage will cause considerable problems later on.
While pieces are drying and shrinking, I have prepared the ebony inserts for the bowl. To ensure all seven had the same taper I prepared one wide piece of ebony with the necessary taper and then cut it into seven sections 3mm thick.
Drilling 1mm holes into a piece of burr can be quite tricky as the drill will often be deflected by denser wood or a hidden shake below the surface. To overcome this problem I make drilling templates out of aluminium and secure them to the surface of the wood.
The templates in the image above are for positioning the inlay into the top of a small jewellery chest and for the silver dots around the center piece.