Welcome note

Welcome to Timber Tales , a blog from Silkwood Furniture located in the picturesque Dandenong Ranges, Victoria.
We aim to give an update on our workshop happenings, current projects under construction
and any interesting news regarding unusual and beautiful timber we have been working with.
Please enjoy the warmth of the timber and the detail of our creations.
Thank You, Steve

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

A little about Timber Joints

Here we have through mortise and tenon joints, one of the strongest joints 
used for the construction of table frames. As you can see the vertical piece of 
timber has a hand cut slot chiselled into it enabling the end of the horizontal component to be cut to slide through it.
The joint creates this lovely contrast in grain colour.

 We've used dovetail joints to construct the drawers for this set of bedroom drawers. The dovetail joint represents fine hand skills, patience and are also extremely strong. Commonly used on elegant antique furniture they are rarely seen today.

This French Oak side table is constructed from recycle wine barrel
staves (sides). The joint featured in the centre is a four sided mitre joint which
is 300mm long and finishes into a through mortise and tenon joint.

This view from underneath shows the long mitre joints required to connect the four legs into one before it passes through the tabletop in a mortise and tenon.

You can still see the staining present from the wine the barrel was ageing, this is a real delight to work with and the aromas are sensational.
Picture below show the table fine sanded and ready for a coat of oil.

Even during the first coats of oil you are able to see the amazing grain in this french oak. The wavy light fragments of grain is all of that beautiful fiddleback found in oak.

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