The Flat Stuff Gallery


This gallery is to show that my passion for working with timber isn't exclusively wood turning.


My daughter was looking for a planter-stand for her new pet plant to put in a place I always thought needed a hall-stand instead so we compromised and I managed to get it finished just in time for her birthday. Decided to use some African Mahogany I scored in a trade many years ago and added details in Australian Ebony and inlay cut from a piece of Box Elder burl.
This project was also my first shot at hand-cut dovetails and inlaying veneer - and as long as you don't count the two drawer sides I trashed in the process, it worked out pretty well I thought!! 
In-situ with that whopping big pot-plant in place.


Finally got around to making something for myself! A 'life' cabinet to go in the corner near the dining table to house all the odds and ends of daily life. Made from Rose-mahogany (Dysoxylum fraseranum) with security mesh inserts in the drawer fronts and doors - had to add a black backing to get the effect I wanted as the mesh isn't dense enough on it's own. The legs were shaped on the router rather than the lathe so I could leave flat areas for the joinery. The handles were turned so the lathe at least got a brief look-in on the project!


Noticed my other-half struggling with a cutting board to put the hot cookware on so I thought it was about time I came up with some trivets for her . . . Left: Sally Wattle with Norfolk Island Hibiscus keys. Right: White Cypress with Sally Wattle keys.


At just 15 years of age my grandson was using his hairdresser mums cut-throat razor to shave. Mum decided he should have his own but it came with a plastic handle - Poppy to the rescue! Ringed Gidgee with brass pins . . . .
. . . . and then his younger sister decided to revamp her room so Poppy had another job! Hexagonal shelves made from Klinki Pine with masonite backings - no finish applied as per the clients instructions!


My youngest boy and his wife asked for some dark coloured, 'His & Hers' cutting boards. Sally Wattle seemed the best choice for a dark colour and I used some Bitter Bark for the detail. (Note: The 'L' reads correct from either side but I don't think they've noticed yet!) Unfortunately they have apparently buckled a little since so the Sally Wattle might be a bit unstable to use for the entire board!
And shortly after delivering those boards I realised the other offspring didn't have a decent cutting-board between them so I put this batch together from Budgeroo, Bitter Bark and a tiny bit of Sally Wattle.


Sally Wattle box made as my entry in our club challenge competition. See how it was done here!


An end-grain cutting board from Bitter bark, Sally wattle and Rose Mahogany (Dysoxylum fraserianum).


A collectors cabinet from Kauri pine with Desert Oak trim. Made to house the extensive essential oil collection of my favorite client in New York (who just happens to have a mutual passion for scented timbers!)
The bottles the oils are in range from 3cm to 9cm high, hence the 3 lift-out trays in some of the 10cm high drawers. Very happy with this project even if it took four times longer than I expected!


Mantle skeleton clock from Bluegum burl. Very happy with this design, as was the recipient on graduating with an Engineering degree. Hard to give wooden clocks a contemporary feel. The clock sleeve was turned from Emu Apple.


A cutting board from Buloke and natural edged Gidgee. Heavy little sucker with Gidgee being in about the top 10 heaviest timbers known and Buloke being the hardest timber ever Janka tested (but not necessarily the hardest timber possible). Shouldn't dent this one in a hurry!


A cutting board from Sally Wattle with some laminations through it just to have a shot at the technique. Quite effective even if it is a bit time consuming for a simple cutting board.


Our local clubs challenge for 2014 was to make something from a billet of Klinki Pine measuring 200 x 100 x 700mm so I designed and built this Jewellery Dresser. Just working out the cutting plan was a challenge in itself!!!!
  Also challenged myself on this piece in that I had not tried doing bent laminations before (drawer front), hadn't done any inlay before (mirror-box supports) and hadn't even heard of 'Flame polishing' the perspex used for the earring racks.
The mitre-keys and trimmings are all from Australian Ebony and the mirror-box supports are removable so the whole thing can be 'flat-packed'. The linings are my old favourite, black velvet, though it makes the photography a little difficult.
Pretty happy with the result in the competition too - managed to take 1st prize in the Club Challenge plus Champion of Show!


This Queens-size bed is made from Sally Wattle slabs that just seemed 'right' for the job. The slats and support rails are Klinki Pine. Made using 'knock-down' brackets, it is still very sturdy but easily disassembled to be moved.
The 'details' on the legs and covering the side-rail joins are made from Australian Ebony. The finish is Livos Kunos oil.


This Hall table is made from a Kauri Pine that was growing in the Bluff State School grounds but had to be removed to make way for a new building. I designed and built the table as a gift for the terrific couple who collected the log for me - but I managed to squeeze it into our local competition out here before handing it over and scored a Champion ribbon for it!


A sliding-lid box from Emu Apple for my daughters heirloom pocket watch.


A box made from Rose Mahogany (NSW Rosewood) with a River Oak burl lid insert and the tray and trimmings from Norfolk Island Hibiscus.
This is the first project I used my 'Domino' on to strengthen the lid and foot mitre joins. The tray can be rotated to fit in the bottom of the box.
I used 'SmartHinges' on this box as they are not only the easiest box hinges to fit, but they look so good they're hard to bypass!


This box is made from Rose Mahogany (NSW Rosewood) with a Silky Oak lid insert. Both timbers were salvaged during my time living on the Northern NSW coast.
The tray 'handle' is turned from River Oak burl for some local influence.


This is the first box I made once I got my Hammer C3-31 combination machine. The carcase and tray are made from Queensland Myrtle, the lid insert is spalted Tulip and the hinges and trimmings are all from Gidgee.
I like to size the tray so that it can be rotated a quarter turn to fit in the bottom of the box - that way if it ends up in the hands of a person who doesn't normally use the tray, it won't necessarily be discarded (hopefully!)
Quite happy with my first attempt at wooden hinges, and Gidgee is the perfect timber to make them from. The slots were cut using a home-made jig but I have since acquired an Incra iBox jig which will make the next set easier.


Cutting board made from end-grain Claret Ash and White Bauhinia. There's a long story behind the choice of these timbers but suffice to say it has great emotional significance so if the kids ever throw it out there'll be big trouble!!!


I don't have too many photos of my earlier stuff (probably just as well!) so this is about as far back as I'll go! I designed and made this 'Buffet' from Camphor Laurel for my daughters salon but these days it serves as their entertainment unit.


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