I want to spread the love for woodworking. One way I intend of doing it is to conduct woodworking courses. Of course, this table is also for sale.
Woodworking education is very useful
Woodworking education is very useful. Firstly, people who have woodworking knowledge appreciate wood and furniture. They are more likely to buy furniture based on value instead of price. How many times have you seen a plastic chair being upholstered with a bright colour fabric being sold at “designer prices” and people buy them. But these same people would not buy a wooden chair with solid mortise and tenon joinery…what a shame.
Secondly, they will buy wood instead of overpriced non-biodegradable plastics which harm the environment. Have you heard of this call to save the environment by reducing disposable plastic bags and use a reusable plastic bag instead? How does a reusable plastic bag save the environment? Why not use a wooden create instead? That would save the environment more than another plastic bag.
Woodworking basics. Have you ever gone for a 3 hour woodworking class and still feel very lost. I did. I have decided not to offer such short courses for serious woodworkers because they don’t really master anything. (I will offer short courses for fun, eg team bonding.) One of the courses I attended taught me to use power tools. After the course, I may know how to use the tool, but I can’t figure out how to construct furniture. So I will teach you about structure, then teach the individual skills such as marking out, shaping, joining and finally finishing. This way, my participants get valuable woodworking education and they can carry on the hobby at home.
Side table class
I am teaching how to make this side table on the 23 and 24th of February at XPC, Homefix building. This class will explain wood such as grain direction and wood movement. It will teach participants to mill rough sawn lumber using a jointer and planner. I will handhold them to construct the mortise and tenon joints using the drill and router. I will teach them to use both hand tools and machinery in the 2 day course. Thereafter, I can guarantee you they can make their own furniture with little
Sorry for being away for so long. Missed me?? After dealing with whatever life has thrown at me at the workplace, I decided to quit my job and start my own woodworking studio. No more paper pushers telling me how to do my job as a principal occupational therapist. Now, I’m a full time business owner, woodworker, and occupational therapist all rolled into one. And I’m very happy now.
What we believe in
Let me introduce Clamps and Braces. Clamps and Braces believes that wood is the way to go in the future. Plastics are killing the planet. Clamps and Braces aims to start and support a woodworking Maker movement in Singapore. Our fathers used to make functional furniture during their time, come our time, we buy plastics and throw lots of them away frequently. Clamps and Braces aim to start a movement similar to Man’s Shed in Australia and UK to bring woodworking back to Singapore.
We want to build communities of woodworkers who support each other, and share ideas, skills and tools. We hope to reach out to the our Fathers who used to be Makers, but have hanged up their tools. We want to provide the space, the tools, and the material for these people to continue to gather and make their things.
We want to bring the joy of woodworking to teens. Teach our teens to be Makers, not just consumers. Teach them to see value in things, not just price. Let them achieve their true potential of creativity, to make things as beautiful as art, and as useful as furniture.
We want to start a maker movement with young adults.When they set up their own home, we want them to make memories in it that can be seen decades after. Daddy and Mummy made this table together at a class by Clamps and Braces, instead of Daddy bought this table really cheap, it spoils so quickly. A couple that woodwork together, stays together surrounded by beautiful things.
What we do
We run woodworking classes (can be customized ), do custom made furniture, and we sell tools and material. see https://clampsnbraces.wixsite.com/home
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.
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.
The table is 710mm high and has a top 595mm in diameter.
The stool is 460mm high and 335mm in diameter.
Entire set: $1400
Please note that this is NOT outdoor furniture. Do NOT use in wet weather.
Teak wood, nice grain
Note the shape of the legs
Like the wood grain of the table top
Like the wood grain of the table top
Can you see the Purpleheart inlay?
Photo taken from a lower angle
Burmese Teak Stool and Table Set. Price: $1400
Note the Greene and Greene inspired cloud lift pattern
Will look good in your balcony
Greene and Greene inspired table and stool set
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.
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.
The cloud lift details, the shinny thing on the door are screws
Tool cabinet with 2 shelves
Rack for screwdrivers. Spokeshaves hang from the top.
2 shelves for my planes
Proud finger joint. I got lazy and omited the square pegs. Will put them in when I feel like it.
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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Nice grain of wood under strong light.
Grain of wood under normal light conditions
The drawer glides on two rails on its bottom
Proud finger joints of the drawer
Floating shelf below
Throught mortise joint
The cloud lifts upwards.
Spines follows curves of the breadboard.
Breadboard end pegged with white oak. Note the through tennons of the rails.
Handle made from white oak
This coffee table was inspired by the Gamble’s house Side table. In the original piece, the legs are thicker, and the cloud lift of the rail under the drawer is positively downwards. In my piece, the legs are more slender from the front and the cloud lift of the rail under the drawer is negatively upwards. I also have a shelf under the table.
The table is made from Kapur wood which is THE wood for door frames and window still. The top measures 90cm by 45cm. It is held flat by breadboard ends. The pegs are white oak which I think give a good contrast from the brown Kapur wood. Of course I could stain it black but I’ll leave it white for now It’ll probably age to a nice lighter brown.
The bottom shelf is made the same way. Notice that there is a gap all round the sides of the bottom shelf. It kind of gives the feel that the shelf is floating, at least that’s the intent. The shelf is actually secured to two sticks joining both lower rails together.
The legs are of similar shape to the Gamble’s side table. The side rails are held in by mortise and tenon joinery. Maybe I should have pegged those for an improved look, but maybe not; best to keep things simple especially for my first attempt at a Greene and Greene inspired coffee table.
The rails are joined to the sides with through mortise and tenon joints. The end of the tenon and mortises are rounded to give that soft feminine finish usually seen in G&G furniture. These are supposed to be the functional decorations for the sides.
The drawer r using proud finger joints.
Comments are welcome and appreciated.
My tool chest
Bench top, dog holes and vice
That part on top is actually what’s going to be a drawer.
I made this workbench sometime last year or the year before. The bench is made from solid Kapur wood. It measures 4 feet wide and 2 feet across. The top is a solid top with 3/4 dog holes to hold pieces for planning.
The legs are 10 centimeters by 15 centimeters thick giving it a really heavy base. There was a mistake on one of the legs and I tried to save money by gluing up 6 pieces of smaller timber to make up the thickness. The glue up was A LOT lighter than the solid piece.
The legs are held together by mortise and tennon joinery. There are 2 rails on each side. The one at the bottom is done in mortise tennon. Believe me, you wouldn’t want to do M&T in a 6 inch piece of wood. So for the top, I cut a dado and then glue and screw the rail there.
The two ends are held by another mortise and tennon at the back. This one is not glued. It would allow the bench to be taken apart.
The top is held to the legs with M&T. The top was simply dropped down. Using this construction, the bench can be taken apart and transported in 3 pieces: The top, the two sides and the back rail. I was hoping that one day I can have a real studio workshop doing my hobby as
The L shape was constructed using dovetail joint. The diagonal piece was attached with dowel joint.
This was another project I did early in my woodworking hobby. I needed a shelf in my belcony to house my plants. My belcony was also my wood workshop so I cannot afford a large space for my garden. As I live in an appartment, my belcony measures a mere 14 feet by 5 feet. Small for a workshop by any standard. And I have to share it with my plants!
The top was a slap of Kapur wood. It is used to make doors and window stills so I guess they would hold up and age well.
The shelf brackets are very strong. The L shape is done with dovetail joint construction. Normally, there is no need for such a strong joint in a simple shelf (butt joint will do) but I was practicing my dovetailing technique. The dignoal is held to the L by dowel joints. Do note how the grain of the diagonal runs. It should run along the length of the diagonal.
The shelf is finished with 5 coats of polyurethene varnish on each side.
The whole thing is mounted on the wall using plastic wall plugs and screws.