Furniture

Shaker style cabinet

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There used to be a sink at that spot where this cabinet now stands. The sink was removed but the pipes, threaded rod and other fasteners that hold the sink to the wall are still there. My operations department, requested that occupational therapy help them make a cupboard. As the occupational therapist, aka me, is nice and obliging, I obliged.

I decided to make the cabinet in the Shaker style. (You all know G&G is my preferred style) Something simple that I can finish in a week (since I am leaving the company), yet nice enough for others to remember me by.

All the joints are dado joints. The frame of the door is mortise and tenon joint. The panel is booked matched and stained for contrast. If I were to improve the cabinet in future,  perhaps I’ll add in a turned door knob.

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Rocking chair – work in progress

 

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I am an occupational therapist working with patients with mental health problems in a psychiatric nursing home.. One of the main problems that the people I work with face is their poor cognition. Their ability to reason in a coherent manner, short term memory, reasoning ability and the ability to learn new task is affected due to their condition of schizophrenia, low IQ, among other diagnosis.

Their cognitive deficits also affect their psychosocial aspects as well. Because they are achieving much less than others, issues such as self esteem, self concept, self efficacy are also a problem. They may see themselves as being unable to achieve anything except whatever to take whatever handouts that the healthcare providers or volunteers give. They say something is too difficult even before they try because they lack the confidence to even try.

After analyzing these problems, I decided to work with them to build a rocking chair. I thought that building a rocking chair would let them see themselves as achievers. Inspiration for the design was gathered from the Maloof Rocking chair and that of  the Shaker rocking chair. I did not have a clear design on paper to work with. Instead what I did was to make a plywood model of the rocking chair, test it for comfort, before I sketch the curves on the plywood. After one side is done, my friendly router bit did the work of shaping the other side, using the first side as a template.

My patients did the sanding, lots of it. One or two of them help to drive in the screws during assembly. All of them felt that they contributed to the making of the chair in some way and they were all smiles when they sat on the chair and started rocking. One of them was heard exclaiming, “we succeeded, we succeeded!”

While the material cost of the rocking chair is really cheap (S$65), the amount of self esteem it brings to the patients is through the roof. Woodworking is indeed a good activity for patients with mental health issues.

 

End Grain Pop Cake Holder by a Woodworker in Singapore

A friend of mine wanted to make pop cakes for her department year end party. She thus needed a pop cake stand. She searched the web and found a simple stand costing $50. It was a simple block of wood with holes and then spray painted white. She sent me a link and asked if I could replicate it.

“Of course I can, but why would I?” was my instant reply. So I designed a one that I could call my own design, taking inspiration from the end grain cutting board.

The main board was made from the end grains of pine wood. This is frame with a teak border. Lengthwise, the teak border sits in a dovetail groove. This gives it space to expand and contract as wood naturally does. The ends tongue and grooved and held together with spots of glue and panel pins which hold them in place but still give them sufficient space to expand and contract.

So there it is. An end grain pop cake holder. I hope she likes it.
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Balcony Table and Stool Set for Sale in Singapore

One table and two stools

Greene and Greene inspired table and stool set

This beautiful and unique table and stool set was inspired by the cloud lifts of Greene and Greene furniture. This piece is made from solid Burmese Teak which is a strong and lasting wood. It’s nice golden brown adds warmth to any room. The combination of good quality teak with the beauty of G&G cloud lifts  has a special grace that beckons you to sit and have coffee. The legs are inlayed with purpleheart which gives a nice complement to the golden brown teak wood. The joints at the legs are solid mortise and tenon joinery. All surfaces are rounded and hand sanded to 240 grit making the edges inviting to touch.

Dimensions
The table is 710mm high and has a top 595mm in diameter.
The stool is 460mm high and 335mm in diameter.

Price
Table: S$600
Stool: S$400
Entire set: $1400
Please note that this is NOT outdoor furniture. Do NOT use in wet weather.

Stool with nice wood grain

Teak wood, nice grain

Stool with clould lifts

Note the shape of the legs

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Cloud lift

Cloud lift

Cloud lift

Table with view of grain

Like the wood grain of the table top

Table top showing wood grain

Like the wood grain of the table top

Table with legs

Can you see the Purpleheart inlay?

Set of table and stool

Isometric view

Side view

Side view

Table and stool set taken from a lower angle

Photo taken from a lower angle

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Burmese Teak Stool and Table Set. Price: $1400

Burmese Teak Stool and Table Set. Price: $1400

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Table and stool with cloud lift pattern

Note the Greene and Greene inspired cloud lift pattern

Nice balcony table and stool

Will look good in your balcony

top view of table and stool

Top view

Picture of table and stool set taken from a low angle

Front view

One table and two stools

Greene and Greene inspired table and stool set

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Table for Easter Baptismal Font in Singapore

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The above are clearer pictures of the baptismal font that I made in my previous post: Easter Church Furniture. A bowl is placed on top of the table to collect the water.

Plans are underway to improve the table such as a self draining wooden bowl to match the table. Front and side pannels with baptismal related icons (dove coming down onto water) are also in the plans. So stay tune.

It is a table approx 33 inches in height and a diameter of 14 inches. The difference from previous stool design (the prototype) is that the legs are an inch larger than the diameter of the top. The previous design places the legs in the same vertical plane as the top. This design is more stable than the prototype.

I’ve also added cloud lift to the stretchers under the top for visual interest. The bottom stretch was intentionally left flat so that a shelf can be installed in future. The future plan is to add side covering and conceal some form of container to collect the run off water from the self emptying bowl on top.

Easter Church Furniture in Singapore.

Wooden Greene and Greene Table with bowl

Baptismal font. The table was inspired by Greene and Greene. You can’t see it but the top rail has cloud lifts on it. It’s made of Burmese Teak, very good Teak. Inlayed with purpleheart. finished with 5 layers of varnish and a coat of wax

Baptismal font

In this photo, the purpleheart inlay is clearer.

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This is what it’s all about….

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Easter deco, the effort of Holy Family’s Art Ministry.

Easter Fire Stand

Made of Kapur wood using Mortise and Tennon Joinery. A bit of an overkill for a simple stand like this but the joinery will last a long while. Finish is also five coats of varnish and a layer of wax.

These photos were taken with my iPhone as I was setting up the stuff today. Will get you better photos next time when I have a bit more time for a photo shoot. Any comments about the design. Questions and comments about their construction are also welcome.

Happy Easter.

Completed stool prototype in Singapore

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This prototype will be used in my workshop. It is the prototype for an outdoor stool and table set where two persons can sit down in the evening to chat and have tea. A few lessons can be drawn from the prototype.

The seat is 50cm high (approx 1’8″ high) which may be a little too high for people who are shorter.

The size of the seat at 1 foot seem comfortable.

The legs should extend beyond its circumference to improve stability.

Holes drilled to fasten the seat the the frame needs better consideration. It should be farther away from the post to allow for an electric drill to work the screws. This time, I had to screw it in by hand.

Do give your comments. I would really appreciate it.

Greene and Greene inspired stool prototype

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This year’s woodworking workplan include a set of 2 stools and a tea table.  Also on my list is a set of bathroom medicine cabinet and vanity. So keep a lookout for my post on my bathroom furniture.

The above photos show the prototype of the stool which I intend to make this year. The actual product will be made of Burmese Teak. The stool measures 45cm (17.7 inches ) high  and 35.5 (14inches) in diameter while the table will be 80cm (31.5 inches) high and 50cm (19.5 inches) in diameter .

I would like feedback on the design. Ignore the workmanship and finishing this time. This is only a prototype and I do not intend to waste time sanding and finishing it. The main purpose is to try out the stability and comfort of the final product.

Thank you for giving your comments on the design.

Greene and Greene inspired wall cabinet in Singapore

The cloud lift details

The cloud lift details, the shinny thing on the door are screws

Tool cabinet isometric view

Tool cabinet

Tool cabinet with tools

Tool cabinet with 2 shelves

Bottom shelf holding tool rack

Rack for screwdrivers. Spokeshaves hang from the top.

Top shelf

2 shelves for my planes

Chisel holder for 6 chiscels

Chisel rack

Proud finger joint

Proud finger joint. I got lazy and omited the square pegs. Will put them in when I feel like it.

Tool cabinet hanging on the wall above workbench

In the grand scheme of things

This is a Greene and Greene inspired wall cabinet which I use to house my tools.

I built this with the intention of practicing for a bathroom medicine cabinet. After I built this, I soon realised that it may not be practical for a medicine cabinet. Firstly, I don’t quite like the idea of placing wet toothbrushes inside a cabinet. Secondly, while the mirror is quite big in size (so that I can still see the top half of my body should I grow fat), it cannot be too low down near the tap. So this design and size would probably not do if it’s intended for a medicine cabinet.

Like my other pieces of furniture, I use Kapur wood. The carcass is a meter long while the breath is about 60 centemeters wide. The joints for the carcass is proud finger joints in line with the Greene and Greene theme. They are held by glue and screws. Rightfully, the screw heads are hidden by pegs; but since this is workshop furniture, I got lazy and put off doing the pegs. The shelves are dadoed into the sides. The carcass is held up by wooden bars that are screwed to the top and bottom via pocket holes. These wooden bars are then screwed to the wall.

The shape of the door rails were cut onto plywood to make a template. The wood was then routed on a router table. The rails are held in the stilts with mortise and tennon joinery. To make it stronger, screws are driven into the rails from the sides of the stiles. These are then covered with dowels.

A plywood pannel with white PVC is fitted into the door held by dado. This can be replaced by a mirror in place of the plywood.

A chisel and screw driver rack was then fabricated and fixed into the cupboard. I placed the entire cupboard onto adjustable supports before screwing it to the wall. A sprit level mskes the task more accurate.

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