Category: furniture

It’s kind of daunting the magnitude of jobs th…

It’s kind of daunting the magnitude of jobs that just came in! It seems people trust me to build their desires! Let’s hope I don’t let them down!! #desire #furniture #metalwork #metalfab #mig #migwelding #handmade #industrialfurniture #commission #commissionwork #etsyseller #etsyshop #etsyuk

Made the second frame! Jobs all done now for @…

Made the second frame! Jobs all done now for @styleandpanacheuk. Time to make some vaders a table and weirdly a weathervane!!? #metalwork #furniture #mig #migwelding #handmade #commissionwork #etsyshop #etsyseller #steel #welding #workshop

On to the next project! @styleandpanacheuk took this photo of me…

On to the next project! @styleandpanacheuk took this photo of me cutting some square bar for a new piece of furniture. Lots more to come from us im sure! #furniture #workshop #grinding #metalwork #metalsculpture #mig #welding #handmade #metalmachine #hertfordshire #metalfab #etsyseller #etsyuk #etsyshop #saturday

Illness is just plain boring. I was sat in bed thinking I can take this opportunity to think out all…

Illness is just plain boring. I was sat in bed thinking I can take this opportunity to think out all my blogs and make plans! Do you know what i actually did? Nothing i was just ill my brain was on fire and it was all bad! Now i am just left with the most annoying cough in the land! You cough all you want but nothing ever happens! Anyway before i get into the dos and do nots of illness let move back on to the topic of metalwork and providing you with insights and tips as well as seeing if i can make it relevant to life in general to!

I wanted to look at the topic of evolution. No not the animal kingdom but the way things you make often evolve from the design you had in mind, be it because what you thought of does not work or simply that you find a better, bolder, stronger and maybe easier way of doing things.

The bench I am making for my friends Kerry and Spencer. It started off as an industrial bench with two legs made from 40 x 40 x 3mm box section. This would have given a clean look in the industrial fashion but in reality when you are looking at something that is going to get a lot of use you have to be aware of the fact that it needs to be solid enough to take on two maybe three people! It also needs to be strong enough to have kids jumping all over it and not collapse after 10 minutes which sadly is what would have happened if i had left the design untouched!

As you can see from the pictures the bench looks great but it simply would not last! Obviously I am frustrated because I have this idea in my head which I cant move past right away! So i did what I always do in times of uncertainty. I send a whats app message to the guys I share the yard with and got their opinion. Usually there is some piss taking that goes on but they usually come up with a plan if i cant or support or shoot down a theory i have depending on how stupid i am being! Alex suggested side supports welded to the legs and then screwed to the wood. I wanted to stay with the clean lines but knew this would be the best way to move on. As i now had confirmation from someone i trust that the idea would work that is what i did!

There is a lesson here somewhere and it goes like this. Do not be afraid to deviate from your plan as if it’s not going to work there is no point in holding on to it. Also, if you have people around you that you can trust to give you good advice, make sure you run your new plans by them. You do not have to be alone in these things, seek advice where you can or even just confirmation of what you know as that way you will not have to keep making mistakes through lack of knowledge.

All the bench parts

With all the parts made and smoothed and ready for paint it wont be long now till its done!

Its all ready to go to paint and by that I mean I have to rattle can paint it which I hate as I am not good at it but i am learning. Ill do another bench blog to show you the end result, that way you can see what has taken me so long to create.

This also may give you an idea for something you might want built or want to build your self and if i can be of any help let me know.

Tomorrows blog is all about looking at products for Christmas as that is a time when everybody has half an eye on what would make a great present for great aunt Joyce. Lets see if i can get you thinking on what to get her. Have a look at my Etsy shop and you can see what i sell at this time of year! Click me!

I Left You For A Time But I Am Back Now Building Benches!

Illness is just plain boring. I was sat in bed thinking I can take this opportunity to think out all my blogs and make plans!

These hand made 1 inch wire mesh shelves i made for our house…

These hand made 1 inch wire mesh shelves i made for our house and they are perfect for our needs!! #metalwork #mesh #steel #migwelding #handmade #home #furniture #modern #newdesign #white #newpieces #imadethis #imakestuff #etsyshop #etsyuk

I guess thats an industrial bench!? Now to sand it wax it and…

I guess thats an industrial bench!? Now to sand it wax it and build a little table to go with it. #furniture #industrial #handmade #steel #metalwork #woodwork #bench #gardenbench #loveseat

How Much!!!!?

It cant be about money when you start up! The ugly subject of money has to enter into this metalwork bliss at some point I suppose. When you first start you have to learn enough to make sure what you make stays together and is worthy of selling. Took me a while to get there i can tell you. Everyone tells you there is an equation for working out what your products ‘owe’ you. I’ve taken it from…

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I Am Struggling To Find The Right Way To Do This!

I Am Struggling To Find The Right Way To Do This!

Often I am looking for a way to make something. The trouble with me is that I am always looking for the RIGHT way to do things. There are always a few ways of reaching the same goal in different manners. Which way is the right way? They all are! If what you are trying to do has several ways that work for you but Mr Know It All tells you its the wrong way to do it, ask yourself two questions: 1:…

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I sit on a chair most of the day at my job in the tattoo shop when i am not on my feet with clients,…

I sit on a chair most of the day at my job in the tattoo shop when i am not on my feet with clients, talking through their artwork desires. I bought the chair, its ugly but functional! I sit at a desk all the time I am at work when I am not on my feet etc etc. Do you see where i am going with this? We all sit at or on furniture we all have places where we put our books or magazine and indeed places to sit on or at at home to. Furniture is something that you pick for yourself because you like it or it was cheap or it was just something you felt you needed.

I now can make my own furniture. We needed a new table for the entryway in our home and if I was to buy the table i wanted it would be way out of my price range. I said to my wife ill have a go at making it. To her credit she didn’t laugh at me she simply said OK and told me the kind of table she would like and luckily we agreed the design.

It’s a daunting thing making something that will be used everyday by your family or even by a customer as they will be reminded of you every time it does something bad. If it rocks on its legs its your fault! If it is not flat on the table top that is your fault etc etc!

Make sure if you are making steel legged wooden topped tables chairs or anything with a right angle in it you have a few of these:

magnet

You cannot do level straight or true tables or chairs without these guiding magnets! Make sure to keep the edges clean or it wont stay a true 90 degrees!

These magnetic beauties along with a solid metal flat and level surface will mean you can get all your corners the exact angle you want them and that is the key to making great furniture! So now ill show you the table I made. The wood table top was sanded burned stained and waxed so woodwork is even harder than metalwork but the two together I think, look great!

I love the fact that this can now sit in my house and the fact that when someone comes into the place my son stops the person and says “My daddy made that!”

It’s very satisfying to make furniture something people will use constantly and will stand the test of time. I made a console table in the same kind of style to sell which is available should you feel the need to have something now one else in the world has!

Console Table

Hand made by me for use in front rooms or to work on or even by the bed as a night stand!

I haven’t been doing this that long but already I am making things I never thought possible. What ever it is you are doing this shows one thing. If you are serious about your subject you can do it!

I was also asked to make a metal work bench for a customer but that is another blog!

Click on me to see more about the console table and you can own a hand-made piece of furniture that will last for years to come.

Furniture!!!? I Cant Make That!

I sit on a chair most of the day at my job in the tattoo shop when i am not on my feet with clients, talking through their artwork desires.

Something new! Wire shelves hand made by me for my own house!…

Something new! Wire shelves hand made by me for my own house! #shelves #wireshelves #handmade #mig #migwelding #steel #wire #furniture #industrialdesign