Saturday, September 27, 2014

Reproduction Side Chairs

Reproduction Philadelphia Side Chairs
Handmade by Doucette and Wolfe Furniture Makers

Original Queen Anne Rush Seat Side Chair attributed to William Savery of Pennsylvania circa 1750

18th Century Pennsylvania Side Chair Rush Seat
William Savery Side Chair circa 1750

18th Century Philadelphia Side Chairs rush seat
Reproduction Side Chairs

First,  full scale drawings and patterns are made from the original chair

Fine Custom Made Furniture and Chairs
Original Queen Anne Side Chair 

Lightly figured tiger maple is selected for the set of chairs we are making.  The rough materials are selected to match throughout the set of chairs.

Tiger Maple and Regular Maple for chair partsTiger Maple Chair process

The Legs partially shaped and ready for joinery

Fine Handmade Chair Maker New ENgland Made in America
Chair Legs

 The legs are shaped and detailed entirely by hand 

Chair Maker hand shaping chair legs Matt Wolfe
Hand shaping the legs

Legs with rear seat rails fit

reproduction chair making process
Chair Process

The chairs with back splats and crest rails fit, shaping is next

Handmade Reproduction Chair process
Original Pennsylvania Chair with Reproductions

Chairs with the shaping of the crest rails and back splats

High End Reproduction Chairs Queen Anne Chippendale
Reproduction Chair Process

Final shaping and clean up of the chair backs

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Chair back after shaping

Chair detail of the back of the crest rail and back splat

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Back Splat and Crest Rail Detail

Laying out the rough maple blanks for the legs.  A pattern is made off the original chair and transferred onto the square blanks.

Antique Reproduction Furniture Process
leg blanks

The legs after rough cutting on the bandsaw

crook’d feet
chair legs

Final shaping of the legs is done by hand

Fine tiger maple chair legs handmade
Shaped Chair Legs

Turning the side and back stretchers is next

lathe for turning furniture parts
Lathe after turning chair stretchers

Stretchers turned, fitting the joinery is next

turned chair parts

 Chairs with stretchers fit

Reproduction 18th Century Furniture
Leg and Front Stretcher Detail

Queen Anne Side Chair Reproduction
Side Chair

Chairs completed and ready for finish and natural rush seats.  The shaped aprons are applied after the rush seat is complete

Queen Anne Chippendale Pennsylvania
Reproduction Side Chairs

Comparison pics of the original chair and reproductions. 
(The original chair had a repaired back leg where the side and back stretcher met.  The joinery was too close together weakening the leg, so we raised the lower back stretcher to avoid this on the reproductions)

Rush Seat Reproduction Side ChairsReproduction Queen Anne Side Chair

Pennsylvania Chairs comparisonreproduction chair

Chairs with a majority of the finishing completed. Now we will take them to get the natural cat tail rush seats before the final coats of finish are applied.

Pennsylvania Reproduction Chairs
Reproduction Chairs

These chairs are currently in the finishing process, we will have updated photos soon.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Trestle Table

 Trestle Table
Handmade by 
trestle table cherry tiger maple walnut mahoganyfine custom trestle table handmade to the highest standards

This Trestle table is made of solid tiger maple and maple.  The top and stretcher is tiger maple and is cut from the same log.

logs of tiger maple for a table
tiger maple log

The boards are selected and rough milled allowing them to acclimate to the shop before working

table top handmade custom furniture
tiger maple for top

Joinery is cut and fit before base parts are shaped

trestle table base before shaping
trestle base before shaping

Wedged mortise and tenon joinery 

wedged mortise and tenon joinery
wedged through tenon

Stretcher and wedge fit.  This table is made to “knock down” if you ever needed to move or pack it.

fine custom trestle table base
trestle table wedged tenon

Top is made and breadboard ends are attached.  Only the center of the table is glued allowing expansion and contraction. 

fine handmade furniture custom made to highest standards
tiger maple top

Tiger maple top cleaned up with hand planes

tiger maple furniture
tiger maple top

Tiger Maple top with breadboard ends

custom made furniture
table top with breadboard ends

Trestle table ready for finish

trestle table ready for finish tiger maple cherry mahogany walnut
trestle table ready for finish

trestle table tiger maple cherry walnut mahogany curly maple
trestle table

fine handmade trestle table
trestle table

wedged mortise and tenon joinery
wedged stretcher tenon detail

custom made table
Trestle table

Trestle table tiger maple top black milk paint base
trestle and wedge

custom tiger maple table handmade
Tiger Maple top with breadboard ends

 curly maple table top with breadboard ends
Tiger Maple Top

This Video shows the making of this Trestle Table

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Frame and Panel Bed

Custom Frame and Panel Bed
Handmade by 

Custom Bed Makers
Custom Cherry and Tiger Maple Bed

This Frame and Panel Bed was custom designed with the same aesthetic appeal as the Double Chest that we designed and make in custom sizes. This bed is made of spectacular solid cherry and tiger maple.  The cherry is cut with straight grain so to accent the vivid striping of the tiger maple panels that were re-sawn from a large 16” wide plank.   

handmade cherry bed
Rough cutting the cherry

 This bed is made with mortise and tenon joinery throughout for the superior strength. A custom hidden bed bolt system is designed for easy assembly/disassembly without the exposed bolt on the outside of the posts.

frame and panel bed in process
Custom Bed in progress

Every surface of the bed is hand planed smooth before finish

frame and panel bed
Queen Size Bed

Curly Maple and Cherry Bed
Curly Maple and Cherry Bed

Finished Frame and Panel Bed 

Cherry and Tiger Maple Bed
Footboard detail

handmade Frame and Panel Bed Makers
Frame and Panel Bed

custom made beds made to order
Headboard Detail

fine bed makers handcrafted in New Hampshire
Frame and Panel Bed

bed with asian inspired design arts and crafts mission
Custom Bed

Fine Handcrafted Bed with asian influence
Custom Made Bed