Flattening components – Atelier Espenaer

Flattening components

Glimpses of the process of getting components straight, flat, and square with a hand plane.

Flattening a component Shavings on the workbench Thin shavings on a handplane

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A new week, a new project

A new week, a new commissioned project. First things first: creating components out of a rough cherry board. Lots of sawing to do!

Rough cherry board Ripsawing through cherry Roughly cut components out of cherry

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Flames

Vlammen is a one-piece solid wood serving board with natural edges and a striking grain figure. It was entirely crafted by hand out of Honey Locust salvaged from our very own city, Amsterdam. It is already sold, but may serve as a model for a custom serving board specially made for you. For more info view Vlammen in our shop and click ‘customize’.

 

Solid wood serving board Vlammen with natural edges

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Finishing touches on a little project

Epoxy coat in a planter Epoxy coat in a planter Planter finished with epoxy

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Time for a coat of oil

Pre-finish detail of table Wortelen Glimpse of the finishing process Detail of table Wortelen after a coat of oil

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The assembly

The assembly in progress The assembly in progress

The base frame of a bespoke table

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Triple sticks Little oak sticks Small mortises in black locust

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An unexpected visitor

A butterfly in the atelier

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Strepen, the original

Strepen Eén was not only the very first in the Strepen series, but the very first serving board we’ve made to begin with. It holds a rather special place in our heart. Striped solid wood serving board Strepen Een

Striped solid wood serving board Strepen Een

Striped solid wood serving board Strepen Een

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Rounding the peaks

Now that the joinery part is done, it is time to do some shaping: rounding the peaks of the leg components.

Rounding the leg compontens A blind mortise and tenon joint Rounding the leg compontens

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Glimpses of an ongoing project

A blind mortise and tenon joint A blind mortise and tenon joint A blind mortise and tenon joint

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A peaceful sleep

Vrede is a double bed frame made out of salvaged honey locust and sugar maple from our very own city Amsterdam. It was specially made for a client as part of our bespoke service and is thus not available for purchase, but may serve as a model for a bespoke piece specially for you. For more info and photos see Vrede in our webshop.

Vrede - Double bed by Espenaer standing in the hallway of Het Ambachtslab Detail of Vrede Vrede - Wedged mortise and tenon joinery

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Trying out things

Now that both the reclaimed mahogany parts and the salvaged black locust parts are ready, it was time to try things out.  Tryouts allow for changes if the original idea doesn’t work as intended or may even trigger altogether new ideas. After all, in artisanal woodworking design is not something that is limited to the drawing board (or the computer nowadays) prior to the making process, but an intricate part of the making process itself.

Mortise and tenon joineryWork in progress - fitting components  Mortise and tenon joinery

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Black Locust

In addition to the reclaimed mahogany, we will use salvaged black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia), also known as Robinia or False Acacia. The tree is native to North America, but has been planted and naturalized in Europe too.  This particular board was from a tree that once stood in our very own city, Amsterdam. Thanks to the efforts of the foundation Stadshout, the wood was saved from the shredder when the tree was cut (reasons unknown).

Black locust Black locust

Black locust

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Using reclaimed wood

For our current project we work with wood reclaimed from the building we reside in. This particular block used to be part of a window frame, which had to make place for a new entrance to the building. It appeared that it was not some cheap softwood, but a hardwood, most likely mahogany (probably not the genuine kind, but one of its look-a-likes).

 

Reclaimed mahogany

Reclaimed mahogany

Reclaimed mahogany

Reclaimed mahogany

Hand plane

Reclaimed Mahogany

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Plant life is thriving…

Plant life is thriving in the atelier 🙂

 

Plant life at Atelier Espenaer Plant life at Atelier Espenaer Plant life at Atelier Espenaer

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The halflap joint

Halflap joint Halflap joint A component of an ongoing project

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Having fun with halflap joints

Having fun while cutting halflap joints 🙂

Cutting halflap joints Cutting halflap joints Cutting halflap joints

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