I’ve finished making a watch case using indian rosewood, ash and suede, with brass lock and hinges. Here are the raw materials.I started by veneering the rosewood and ash onto the base layer of mdf lipped with solid rosewood. I then routed grooves, which will house the base and lid panels. Then I accurately cut the ends of each side panel to a 45 degree mitre. I used a steel band frame clamp to hold the sides in place during the glue-up. The box is glued up as one sealed piece. I cut the lid off on the bandsaw when the glue was dry. When the glue was set, I used a dovetail saw to cut 3 slots into each corner of the box. Each slot is about 0.6mm thick, which is the thickness of the veneer. This is so that I could glue keys to strengthen each mitre joint. When I trim them down they will become almost invisible. Next I made some 5mm thick inserts from the ash. I used my Woodrat routing jig to cut some 1mm deep slots to create the individual compartments. I find the woodrat jig is particularly good at cutting an accurate groove across the grain. I marked each slot with a pencil and lined up the cutter by eye. After dry fitting all the ash inserts to make sure everything fitted properly (which after the 3rd attempt they did!) I cut and glued the suede onto each vertical face. I stuck the suede to sticky card to make it easier to fit.Here’s the box with the hinges and lock fitted. Each compartment will contain a pillow for the watch to be wrapped around.
I applied an acrylic finish to the outside, with a wax polish.www.danieltomlinson.co.uk
I’ve made my own synthesizer! I bought it as a kit from Mutable Instruments. I soldered all the electronic components onto the circuit boards, and instead of buying the ready made enclosure, I decided to make my own from ripple ash.It was tricky to cut all the holes in the correct places, even with a template.I was able to add a power switch to my design.And here it is with the rest of my current rig. Even though it’s just a simple wooden case, it makes using the synth a more tactile experience, so I feel more inspired to use it. I’m looking forward to building another soon!www.danieltomlinson.co.uk
I’m very happy with the way these substantial pieces sit in the finished kitchen. They complement the other solid items, such as the Aga, whilst the geometric patterns prevent everything looking too bulky.www.danieltomlinson.co.uk
I was asked to make a memorial bench for Christ College in Brecon, UK. It was to match an existing hexagonal bench alongside it. When the school saw my version, the ground staff were asked to give the finish of the original a “refresh”.
I chose to make it from sweet chestnut, which is stable and durable for outdoor use. I left the wood without any finish, so it will turn a beautiful silver/grey over the years. The carving on the back rails reads “you’ll never walk alone”, in memory of a pupil who was a Liverpool FC fan. The tree in the middle is a red-leaf acer, to reflect the famous Liverpool kit. The letters were hand cut by expert letter carver Rupert King. Here he is in his workshop.
I then had to decide on the direction of the grain for each piece by doing a rough sketch.
There are many ways to cut veneer. The curves on both designs all have the same radius, so I bought a gouge with a curve that is near to what I need and roll it around the curve to get it as close as possible.I gradually piece the pattern together with veneer tape to form a patchwork. This is how it looks underneath…www.danieltomlinson.co.uk
I’ve made some screens to cover a bedroom alcove in a new house.The house is by the sea, near Ramsey on the Isle of Man. I took some photos while I was there earlier this year and based the screen colours on a photo I took of a local beach. I used 3 veneers to create the design. The dark wood is fumed oak. Fumed oak is made by exposing regular oak to amonia fumes until it turns to a dark shade. The light coloured veneer is poplar burr, and the the grey is a re-constituted veneer made by Alpi.