Sunday, May 13, 2012


I painted this little acrylic (about 150 x 150 mm) for Annette back in '07. It has no hidden meaning.

Opus Completus

Observe the Coffee Table of DOOOOOOOOM!!!

Complete at last, and weighing in at about a gajillion kg. Observe also the Super-Secret Hidey-Hole that nobody would ever find in a million years (unless they looked at it).

The oak has been finished with three coats of Liberon Finishing Oil, which (though expensive) I really like, and a coat of wax on top. It took a great deal of rubbing and sanding and rubbing again, and then more work with steel wool and more oil, and so on and so on.

There's no real reason why this piece of furniture shouldn't last a thousand years and more. It bloody well better had.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Work In Progress

My latest opus is an oak coffee table with two push-through drawers and a central well in the top for putting stuff in, or for cats to climb into and have their photos taken and be splattered all over the internet for cat-lovers to go "Awwwwwwww!" over.

All that remains now, apart from a little bit of tidying up, is to attach the top (which is a very hefty lump of oak indeed), and to think about what I'm going to do for drawer handles.

It's been an interesting project, and I've learned lots of ways to make things much harder for myself than they really needed to be.