This table is in our workshop. We think that it was made, judging by its style, in the 1930’s. We know it was made by GA Harvey in Dudley because it is signed on the underside.
Before we start we sharpen our plane blade and do a few test cuts.
The plan is to get both edges as straight and flat as possible. Then we only work on one board and fit that to the other. It becomes a process of cut, test fit, analyse and adjust as necessary. Once we’re happy with the fit we do a trial clamp up ready for gluing which will really show us if the joint is tight. This is how it started.
And here’s how it all ended.
As mentioned before a carpenter can never have enough clamps. There’ll be more on this as we proceed.
Here, from the Dudley Museum and Archives is a piece of fossilised tree bark 315 million years old. Worth reflecting that trees were a pretty major part of the landscape then as they are now.
Another reminder if one were needed that this years Chainmakers festival will be held on 1 July 2023 from 11:00 to 17:30 at Mary McArthur Gardens, Whitehall Road, Cradley Heath, B64 5BG. Provision House will have a stall there come and visit us, we’d be pleased to see you and have a chat.