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September 20, 2013

Extrapolating Furniture Parts from Photographs

I first received an email with a photograph of a walnut table leg, early nineteenth century [client said 1860’s, I think it is 1840’s] dining table from Virginia and was asked if I could make one as the 5th [center] leg was missing.  I said ‘yes’ and got a couple more photographs with a tape measure in the photograph.  Another email or two and I had other dimensions I needed.

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I then made a scale drawing of the leg and worked on that until it looked correct and then proceeded to make a full size paper pattern of the leg.  With the help of Richard MacDonald [Master Wood Carver, who loves to turn] turn the leg from the pattern.

I then ripped the waste wood on the taper of the octagonal part, to a square taper.

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Next I layed out the octagonals with a white pencil, easier to see on walnut than a graphite pencil.  I planed the first one by hand then decided to use a chisel to quickly remove the excess then my two small coffin smoothers [one set coarse, the other set fine] to smooth out the rough chisel marks.

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A card scraper finished up the flats and it is ready to go.  Yesterday when the client called I had just finished up the work, it will be picked up today and be on its way to Texas.  They have a furniture restoration guy there that will cut it to length and do the finish work.

A fun project, the rendering took a bit of time but was well worth the effort and the customer was happy, just picked it up.

Stephen

2 Comments »

  1. lovely work!

    Comment by Gary Roberts — September 21, 2013 @ 11:01 am

  2. Stephen I have seen the process of transferring measurements from pics to product written up in various places over the years but for the life of me now that I am attempting to do it with a Sheraton style leg I just can’t do it or find good info. Even worse I am freezing video and using the frozen image to extract my data from so in essence I am collecting measurements from numerous images and scaling to some element I have chosen.

    Any detailed blog post on your process would be much appreciated.

    thanks

    Comment by Scott Garrison — September 26, 2013 @ 5:34 am

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