Monday, 5 September 2011

Southport - coming soon

Watch this space. Coming soon will be a table that was recently commissioned. It will be 1m x 3m in size, made from reclaimed woods and have some rather unique lines to it.

More to come in the following weeks.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Signature Photographics

This is a quick post to let everyone know that Signature Photographics has to be the most unprofessional company I've dealt with in a long time. Whilst their services claim the be personal and suited to your specific needs they have failed to deliver a quality product and service. Their beautiful photographic packages are great on paper but when it comes to the experience during the shoot and post shoot follow up you will be left wanting.

I would not recommend anyone use Signature Photographics as a professional photographic solution. We are currently over $1,500 down after their inability to deliver a product to us post shoot.

Sunday, 5 June 2011

43 cubed - june update

It's been a few months now since I've talked about the 43 cubed project. Although I've the best intentions to do things on this project I've been side tracked with a new job as Senior Digital Producer for Sapient Nitro and also with my 6month old boy.

I've been working up the 1:1 pland for a few stools and have the templates ready to cut. Before I go ahead and do that though I want to be sure of the construction methods for each stool. I'm about 2/3 the way through the construction of one stool and to be honest - I'm not all that happy with it.

A few weeks back I took delivery of a table saw which I plan on using to cut more accurate blanks with. The blanks on the first stool were all cut by hand with standard tools. The accuracy in joints isn't good enough for me, +/- 1-2mm. I would much prefer <1mm tolerance in the joints.

I was also recently blessed with some timber from a stranger, 5 unwanted pallets that comprised some very good quality marine ply and really decent planks of pine.

With this I plan on getting two more stools underway. One with solid shaped pieces and the other with steam bent laminates. I've never steam bent before so I'm not entirely sure what to expect. However I am looking forward to it.

The table saw will help me cut the laminates as well as the bridle and tennon joints with much more accuracy. Stay tuned as I've got a new camera and will be sure to take plenty of pics.

Saturday, 5 February 2011

3 Axis CNC Router

Thanks to the Tax department sending me some cheques from the early 2000’s I’m now in a position to purchase parts for the 3 Axis CNC Router. It’s been a dream of mine to have one in the workshop to be able to quickly cut parts with incredible accuracy and repeatability. I am happy to advise that everything I need to build the machine has been order, aside from nuts and bolts to hold the wooden parts together. The next month or so will find my weekends filled with cutting, drilling and welding this beast into submission. I’d love to be cutting by the end of march if everything goes to plan. Again, this machine will be a massive help in the production of 43[cubed] and the Flood Relief Furniture (Drift Wood?). I’d like to thank linearmotionbearingsMcmaster CarrProcureit AustraliaAusxmodsFoden Designs, Lamare Wimberly and VXB for being such awesome suppliers to deal with during this process. I’d also like to thank the community at CNC Zone and Wood Work Forums for their ongoing support in getting the technical aspects of things sorted out with the construction of this machine.

Dual Router Finishing Table

A few days ago I received a lovely little package from Foden Designs that contained some super accurate parts for my dual router finishing table that I’m building. These parts will allow me to run two routers at the same time with different bits in them for completing different stages of templating components. I’m really happy with the service, price and accuracy of the things Foden Designs have made and would highly recommend them to anyone looking to have unique one off items made. The dual router table is the next step in getting the machinery setup for the production of 43[cubed] and the Flood  Relief Furniture (Drift Wood - a working title)

[yes I took pics on our FX coffee table]

Flood Relief Furniture (Drift Wood?)

So after a number of calls into local businesses about the supply of damaged wood I can report that not a single one of them was willing to come on board to help with the flood relief – despite themselves being affected. They either weren’t interested or wanted the money raised for themselves. Needless to say I'm a little disappointed with the attitudes of some people.

I’m off this weekend to a couple of local scrap yards to see if they have anything from the floods for this project. Stay tuned as things develop. I’m hoping to have a few initial sketches up by the end of the weekend.

I'm pleased to find out through a friend that there is a scrap yard in coorparoo that has flood affected floor boards. I'll be checking them out tomorrow or next weekend to see if its going to work for this project.

Monday, 24 January 2011

My Flood Relief Effort - Another Stool Project

On the way home today I got to thinking how I can help out with the flood relief efforts. I can't be there during the day to clean up as I have a full time job that needs me right now. So, during some quiet time I began to recall the "Three T's" from some bible reading I was doing recently. It's all about sowing into other people's lives - we are blessed to bless etc. The three t's are Time, Talent and Treasure. Now time is something I have but not when the cleanups are happening. Treasure, yup got that too but what I have wouldn't get very far with such an enormous task as cleaning up and rebuilding Queensland. That leaves me with Talent left and I've been told that I've got a little bit of talent when it comes to making things.

I tossed a few ideas around about what I could make and how I could then generate money from that in order to give the entire lot to the Premiere's Flood Relief Appeal. I have, for the past number of months, been working on 43[cubed], a unique stool project that will feature some collaboration with local textiles designers but had to put that on hold with everything else going on right now. During the process of researching natural connections I had begun drawing some rather organic shaped stools - also under the same design confines as 43[cubed] - that I'd planned on realising late 2011.

I've now decided to swap the projects around and bring the late 2011 project to reality in the next couple of months, if not sooner (provided I can get things sorted)

So, here's the low down:
- I will make 3 to 5 stools that commemorate the 2011 flood disaster in brisbane. Each capturing the natural landscape and spirit of South East Queensland
- I want to use recycled materials from the flood affected areas. If you know of anyone with hardwood they are throwing out or see some, please let me know. Floorboards would be a perfect stock material to use for this project. I see using materials from the flood as a perfect way of taking the massive destruction and turning it into something useful and beautiful.
- I am seeking textiles designers to collaborate with for the seat cushioning
- I am seeking individuals and business to help promote the fund raising side of things
- I will be having an online auction (1 each for each stool)
- 100% of the proceeds will go the the Premiere's Flood Relief Appeal.

If you are out there and you can help with any of the items above or you would like to get on board with the collaborative aspect please contact me. I did see 'Drift Cafe' ripping up their flooring the other day and today I saw a massive pile of flooring stacked outside. If you are connected with David Moore or the Drift Cafe please let them know about this project. I'd love for them to be a part of it. Equally, if you know of any other businesses in a similar situation that would like to come on board I'd greatly appreciate the information being passed on.

Stay tuned for more information as I get things sorted out. I will be uploading sketches of some potential stools in the coming days/week.

Monday, 17 January 2011

2011 Brisbane Floods

Hi everyone, over the past weeks Brisbane has seen flooding similar to that of the 1974 floods. Many parts of Brisbane have been completely inundated and there is a massive cleanup underway. I will be putting all projects on hold for the near future so that I can spend my available free time trying to help with the cleanup and restoration processes.

Thanks for your continued support in my journey into woodworking and furniture making.