Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Brighton Festival 21/05/2014

Brighton Artist's Open House Festival

Every year in Brighton and surrounding areas artists displaying their work in 'open houses' every weekend in May. We usually do three weekends but this year have decided to just do the last one which is this weekend (24th and 25th).

We will have student work on display, as well as Nautilus Special as a work in progress. Some of our ex-students and bench space guys will also be exhibiting their furniture. If you are interested in doing a course with us, Marc will be available all weekend to have a chat and provide more info.

Like last year, our 3D printer will be working away for the weekend and we now have a 3D scanner - come and have your head scanned!

Course Dates

Spaces are available for the following courses:

Weekend Courses

Laminating – 14th & 15th June
Introduction to furniture making – 12 & 13th July
Finishing – 27th & 28th September

Long Courses

Next 50 week course intake – 3rd November – LIMITED SPACES

London trip

Last week we took our 1 year students up to London to Collect at the Saatchi Gallery. As always there was an impressive array of ceramics, glassware and sculpture, all made with top notch craftsmanship.

After Collect, we made our way to the Tate Modern, stopping off on the way at Pimlico Road to have a peek in Linley's and Andrew Lamberty's shops.
Our London trips are always a good day out and a great opportunity to get some new inspiration!

Check out @robinsonhousestudio on Instagram for pictures from the trip!

Social Media

We are now up and running on all the major social media sites: I have to say that I am quite excited about the interesting content we have started to upload to Instagram, Facebook and Tumblr. Why not take a look at some of the pictures we like and inspire us, we would be honoured if you would like to follow us and please let us know if you think we would be interested in something for these.

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Nautilus Special

Chris is absolutely blasting through the latest Nautilus table, we are almost all the way round the largest former as you can see in the background. This Nautilus will be absolutely massive, watch this space for progress pics!

Tip of the week

A couple of weeks ago Marc asked me to make some bog oak dowels for his new project. I used a technique that one of my tutors taught me at college, and thought I'd share it as tip of the week.

If you've ever made your own dowels, you may have used one of these, and used a cordless drill to drill the timber through the holes…

The problem with dowel pops is that you have to go down through each different sized hole to get the desired size which is quite time consuming. If you are making just one dowel then it is fine but when you are making a whole load like I was then you may want to take the time setting up a router jig. The idea is to use a cordless drill to turn the timber as you pass it over the top of a router cutter, giving you perfect dowels.

Find yourself a board of MDF big enough to screw to a workbench with enough overhanging to fit a router underneath and mark out where the router will go. I used a Veritas centre punch (great little tool) because it fits perfectly in the bolt holes on the router.

Drill the holes and bolt the router to the underside of the MDF. 

You also need to use a forester bit big enough to accommodate the router's collet, and drill this in the middle, so the collet can pass through the MDF.

Next, you need a block of wood with three holes in it. On one side, you drill a hole that will be your dowel finished size, e.g. 6mm, and mark it 'OUT'. On the opposite side, drill a hole 1mm-2mm bigger and mark in 'IN'. These two holes must line up perfectly so you may want to drill all the way through with a 6mm bit before drilling halfway through with a larger bit. 

On the bottom, drill a hole with a forstner bit to allow for the router cutter. This needs to be deep enough that you drill past the other two holes.

Screw the block of wood to the top of the jig, making sure the collet holes line up and neither the collet nor the cutter rub on the wooden block anywhere. Fit the router underneath and line up the top of the cutter to the bottom of the 'OUT' hole. You will need test pieces so cut some timber on a bandsaw to fit snugly in the 'IN' hole. 

Mount the timber in your cordless drill and turn it while pushing it through the holes. It will pass over the top of the router cutter (make sure your router cutter will cut on top and not just on the sides) making it round. If you get the height of the cutter absolutely spot on then it will fit nicely through the 'OUT' hole. 

 What I found is that if you set the cutter height to be fractionally lower that the bottom of the 'OUT' hole then because the timber is slightly bigger, as it goes through it gets burnished by the hole and comes out looking polished. This is great if you want to cut out the sanding and finishing processes afterwards! 


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