Im hoping these wont be too big
Writing Slope Dilema
Posted 28 June 2014 - 19:03
This picture shows the grooves in one of my slopes
IMG_1538 by my0771, on Flickr
As you can see they do not always go right to the bottom
IMG_4927 by my0771, on Flickr
If you look on the inside edge there is an extra piece of wood this is what the writing surface sits on.
I hope that helps if you have any questions please ask.
Posted 28 June 2014 - 22:44
there is writing on one of the dividers, the large one with a handle "In a land of fear and discord John William's love...." Im unable to decipher the rest cuz it's been rubbed out but there is more to it so just love that bit. The little pieces are the same thickness as the big one. I can only see one mark where wood might have been attatched, on the left side of my pic there's a scuff in that corner. Without the wood that is glued on, the panel on top would flop down, but the space it creates is still too wide for the handle piece. So Im not sure where any of it goes but it is glued to the bottom half of the box
Posted 29 June 2014 - 14:32
If you look at the second picture I posted there is a long centre compartment this is where pens would be kept sometimes they have a lid that is what you have the lid.
Someone has replaced the insides with heavier wood.
If it has been glued in with modern glue it will be very difficult to remove.
It might be possible to put another thin piece inside that thicker piece to allow you to fit inkwell slots and a pen tray.
I hope that makes sense.
Your Armoire looks fantastic btw
Edited by my63, 29 June 2014 - 14:35.
Posted 29 June 2014 - 16:33
Thank you for all your help Micheal! Given it's sentimental value and my inexperience with woodworking Im scared to ruin it trying. The glue is 25 years old, my dad put it in, does that count as a modern glue? What do you reccomend to keep t from cracking? The top is starting to 'wrinkle' and I'd like to halt that. Thank you for the compliment on the Armoire, I just finished a little Secretary to match it
Posted 29 June 2014 - 19:21
From what I can see I cannot tell if it is a paint finish or some sort of transfer.
It may well be the wood drying out underneath the top finish that is causing the cracking.
If you want my advice as it is a family piece I would suggest that you contact an expert local to you I would hate to give you information that would spoil such an heirloom.
Posted 29 June 2014 - 20:24
I hope this is a better pic, my fon isnt the best. Im guessing it's a decal or decoupage because there is a crackle finish on it and nowhere else, and where the crack is, it is beige like there's paper underneath. I do appreciate all your advice you've given, thanks so much!
Posted 19 October 2014 - 17:37
It is some time since I did any work on a writing slope although I have a number waiting for restoration.
A friend asked me to obtain a writing slope for her and carry out some minor modifications such as making trays for the inside of the drawer.
Having learned from other projects rather than two trays I am making four, this means trays can be removed without pulling the drawer all of the way out.
I have started in the same way I do for all of my boxes four pieces of wood mitred at each end I then placed them end to end and fixed them together using masking tape.
We now have one long piece glue is applied to each joint and finally the whole thing is folded up and the final joint is taped in place.
The next stage is to make a slot in the bottom of each frame to take the base but that is for another day
Posted 20 October 2014 - 18:37
Today I have cut and shaped the bases they are currently clamped in the frames I have started making the inserts for the trays.
A piece of card which I marked for each frame before I glued the bottom pieces in place,
I also cut 9 pieces of dowel to size and glued them to the base card
Once fixed in place I did a trial fit into one of the trays
The next step is to ..............................
Thanks for looking
Posted 21 October 2014 - 07:18
The first two trays are complete two more to do
I did have a small issue with one of the trays warping once the clamps were removed I have had this problem before and the best solution is to make up a solution of water and pva glue clamp the tray to a surface that it will not stick to, then paint the inside of the tray with the pva solution and leave for 24 hours,
Once all four are complete I will darken the oak a little so it does not look as new then I will add the inserts
Thanks for looking
Posted 21 October 2014 - 21:49
IMG_8857_1 by my0771, on Flickr
As with the lower trays I have left a little room for expansion
Posted 26 October 2014 - 17:51
The trays have now dried without warping too much.
The next stage is to start forming the backing card for the suede.
Step one is to measure and cut the card to the correct width.
Rub a damp sponge over the card and place it into the tray on top of the card and dowels I used the two larger dowels to make the card form to the desired shape
Allow to dry before trimming
I wont trim the length until the suede is fitted
Repeat 4 times
Thanks for looking
Posted 27 October 2014 - 16:07
I have started applying the suede to the card there were two choices of colour I have chosen the lilac it is very soft and a nice pale colour it looks good with the oak
There are a few more steps before the trays are complete
Posted 27 October 2014 - 20:52
I wanted to share the process I use to make the inserts for my pen trays.
The suede has been cut to size (that sounds like I have a team of helpers) Just me and the
three four dogs Holly our foster dog is still here neither of them is much help though.
Here the suede is placed on top of the card the suede is then rolled up on the dowel glue is then applied to the card and the suede is then rolled over the card and pressed into place.
The next step is to join the two insert pieces together
Thanks for looking
Posted 28 October 2014 - 13:44
Thanks David and Kate
Darrin it is white pva standard woodworkers glue I usually buy the one that says leather on the label along with wood.
I usually apply the glue thinly and wait until it is almost dry before I place the leather on top, if you use a heavier suede or leather you can do away with the backing card.
Any questions just ask