WALNUT BOW FRONT BEDSIDE CHESTS
This pair of walnut bedside chest of drawers were constructed using only solid timber (American walnut and ash). Using traditional methods with hand cut dovetails on the bow front drawers. The design was left to Darren after only being told height depth and width with a bow front to the cabinets. The chests were finished with a natural shellac and wax to enhance the timbers used.
This fitted walnut wardrobe was made in American black walnut with an oak interior including drawers. The whole wardrobe was delivered as a flat pack due to it size the cabinets could not go into the property ready assembled. The oak drawer linings had an applied walnut strip to the top edge to create a contrast. The handles after a few prototypes were made in the workshop again putting an oak strip into each handle. The panels had to be veneered at the workshop so they matched and all lined up and follow throughout the wardrobe. The right hand door when opened creates an opening to the on-suite bathroom.
Darren was asked to come up with a design for a bookcase that was 3.6 metres long and 2.5 tall which in the size of the room this was always going to be a big bookcase but the customer didn’t want the bookcase to overpower the room. This Bookcase due to the fact it was going to be painted was made using Mdf for the carcases and Tulipwood (poplar) for the main top and door rails and of course the handmade cornice and plinth..
OAK DINING TABLE
Darren was approached to design and make a large table to sit a minimum of 14 people. The customer asked for a traditional design in two column pedestals and a centre foot rail and a large base support for the massive columns, but using modern straight lines in the overall finish appearance. Due to the length of the table being 3.6 metres and 1.1metres wide the thickness of the top had to be a minimum of 65mm to reduce the weight and quantity of timber. The middle four planks were made slimmer. The oil finish was applied to enhance the natural beauty of the European oak used, and the table was shipped out to the South of France to the customer's property ready for Christmas dinner.
Darren was commissioned by a local Interior Designer to add and make new items to a local National Trust Property in Hampshire, They bay window Sink and cabinets was a new addition and the cooker island was rebuilt to allow for modern appliances and a new radiator in the rear of the island was a new feature to the Kitchen. The large freestanding larder was extended in width which had to have traditional mouldings hand copied to match.
BEECH DISPLAY TABLE
This Beech display table was commissioned by a rare coin collector to view his collection. The top has been rebated for a single laminated piece of glass. The drawers are interchangeable do that the display can be changed with a simple drawer swap. The drawer bottoms were covered in baize and constructed using traditional dovetail joints. The table was finished using a natural shellac and then had a clear wax to enhance the timber.
Darren was commissioned by a local Interior Designer to make new items to a local National Trust Property in Hampshire, In this room, there was an existing bookcase that was used as a guide to make a double bookcase and a pair of single bookcase that also covered a pair of small radiators beside the windows. The Bookcase was made of hardwood and then painted by hand and aged to match the original bookcase.
OAK AND WALNUT BOW FRONT BOOK SHELVES
Darren was asked to make a pair of Bow fronted book shelves to fit either side of an existing oak fire place given just the height and width dimensions to work with Darren had almost a Blank canvas to come up with a design. Darren was given an opportunity to make these bookshelves as traditionally as possible the bow front plinth was originally a solid board which was sliced into thin strips then re-glued using a bowed former to laminate the plinth to its new shape the American black Walnut mold was then added. The Panelled backs were framed and fielded to give the Bookshelves the look of quality they deserve.
This commission came around due to the customer needing as much storage as possible but still wanted the Bookcase to tie in with the rest of the furniture and the general character of the house. Again the customer didn’t want to feel that the bookcase overpowered the room so after a little thought Darren came up with the design for a bookcase which had a centre section shallower then the end sections which really worked well to keep the floor space in the room yet give the customer the extra storage they wanted. The customer was very happy with the finished article they then commissioned Darren to re build an alcove cupboard to match the new bookcase.