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Richard Jones Furniture
ArticlesMaking Tambours. A description of manufacturing the tambour for the cabinet Torpedore.
Estimating for Furniture Makers: is the price right? Estimating custom furniture making is a difficult task. I have spent over thirty years refining my system. My 'guess-timating' really started to become effective estimating when I began to base my method on a system outlined in a three page CoSIRA document I acquired, I think, in the early 1980s. Some longer serving furniture professionals who perhaps dimly remember that old CoSIRA document, may recognise its genetic fingerprint buried deep within my methodology described here in this 3.7 MB PDF file.
Associated with this document is this Excel spreadsheet that can be used to calculate your material costs, mark-ups, the time jobs take and what to charge for a job.
'The Gathering, 2009', June 27. Members of the Designer Makers Organisation of the United Kingdom (DMOU) met at ercol furniture's premises in Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire to listen to guest speakers, network, etc. Click here for a report of the event.
Edge Joints and Appearance Considerations for Solid Wood Panels. A discussion of edge joinery in solid wood panels taking into account a limited selection of wood movement and appearance considerations.
Microwave Oven Drying of Wood. Sometimes it is useful to establish very precisely the moisture content in a piece of wood. The oven drying test is the standard by which all other methods of measuring wood moisture content are judged against. This short article describes a method of oven drying using the microwave oven instead of a regular oven.
Flattening Veneers. Click here for a printable 320 kb PDF document that opens in a new window. Alternatively click here for a low resolution (11 kb) HTML web page. The same information is in each version and describe methods for flattening rippled and contrary veneers prior to cutting and taping edge joints and/or gluing them down onto a prepared ground.
Laminate Springback. A short and small PDF document, less than 50 kb, providing some formulae I've gathered over the years that attempt to accurately calculate the springback you can or might expect if you do laminated bends in wood. I don't give any of them much credence, but I believe it's useful to be aware of them.
Drying Faults in Pictures. Photographs, and a little text, of some of the common drying faults found in wood and a graphic of the drying stages wood goes through along with the faults that can develop. This graphic is quite large and may take a little while to download for internet users on slower connections, eg, dial up. I apologise in advance for any inconvenience.
Using Drafting Tape to Join Veneer Edges. Is this a technique you can use? A report on an experiment I conducted using drafting tape and masking tape to join the prepared edges of veneer prior to gluing the veneer down using a heated hydraulic press.
A Lesson in Sharpening. I swear with my hand on Ernest Joyce's holy book, the 1970 British third edition of The Technique of Furniture Making (issued prior to the sacrilegious reworking of the tome by Alan Peters (sic) that appeared with the shocking inclusion of, well... pictures in colour) that every word in this story about my induction into the 'Dark Arts' of chisel and plane sharpening is the truth. No wonder other woodworkers cannot sharpen their tools correctly-- they were never taught properly, nor do they know the correct handshake and ceremonies practiced by those of us in the Guild of Master Sharpeners.
An Unusual Polishing Technique for Open Grained Woods. A white oak table top with a blue grey background and green grain filler.
Graduate Drawer Cabinet hosted by WoodCentral. When I made this cabinet I simply called it cabinet 73-- I hadn't thought of a name for it at the time.
The Double Twisted Dovetail. How to mark it and cut it, again hosted by WoodCentral
Ripping long boards on the table saw. Authored by Barb Siddiqui. I was asked to add comments on techniques she discussed. Hosted by WoodCentral.
The Magic School Bus: Inside the Earth. Shortly after I moved to Texas in 1993 I was offered the post of Workshop Manager at The Children's Museum of Houston. As a recent immigrant it gave me the chance to find my feet in the city and make connections for the future. My main responsibility during this employment was managing the construction of a matching pair of this travelling exhibition.
Journal or Magazine ArticlesI have written articles on woodworking subjects for many years. I enjoy writing for its own sake, and I also enjoy photography so it was a natural fit to combine these two interests with my profession as a furniture designer and maker. A further bonus, apart from the small additional income writing generates, is the chance to help other woodworkers develop their knowledge and skills.