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24 September 2012 @ 10:15 pm
I should not have ever read the word Jewelbrite on the internets. I was just randomly searching for groovy christmas things and now suddenly I want things I cannot have. Damn you, google image search!

want want

01 August 2011 @ 01:46 pm
Remember this guy?

Well, I've been a bit incommunicado for the past few days because I finally decided to bite the bullet and strip him. Three days of stripping, sanding, oiling and varnishing later and he is done, so behold.

The whole process was kind of like sex. Sex with wood. Awww yeah.

03 February 2011 @ 01:54 pm

The early 90's ragrolling craze sure has a lot to answer for.

Hey, this isn't a post abnout a chair, so, you know... wow. And I just bought a 300 buck Webe side table for 20 bucks. Well, that and the price of paint stripper, obviously.

I didn't buy those chairs in the end, because we decided they were a bit much, designwise. And I've had to strip and varnish my newly veneered coffee table because wax or oil wasn't cutting it with two children and their penchant for spilling things. But it's all better now.
26 January 2011 @ 08:39 pm
I've been trying to buy these chairs.

No, I'm not digging the fabric, but I am digging the chairs. They're Wébé, or Pastoe, or both, or whatever. Dutch furniture manufacturing companies from the 50's and 60's are very confusing.

I found an advert for 4 of them, which mysteriously disappeared a day after I bid on it. The above pic is from another ad for 4, which I also bid on, and emailed the seller to prove my srsness. The seller emailed me back, saying he was expecting higher bids, and five minutes later he got a higher bid. I found that suspicious (he hadn't had any bids at all until me) and so instead of letting myself get roped into a fake bidding war, I resisted the urge to bid again and instead reported the seller to Marktplaats HQ.

I've now bid peanuts on a set of 2 which I happened to spot as it was mislabeled in the ad title. BUT DAMMIT I DON'T WANT 2! I kind of need 4.

Thankfully, they don't seem to be ultra rare or anything. I mean, if I get them, I'm sure I can find 2 more somewhere. Right?
13 January 2011 @ 06:54 pm
I spent three hours sanding today, and at the moment my front room stinks of beeswax. But it's finished and it was worth it.

It still needs a wee bit of work, and perhaps I shall let the beeswax dry off and varnish it instead, but it's pretty much done.
12 January 2011 @ 05:09 pm
It's ten past five, and this is my front room for the next 20-odd hours.

The glue went off, I ironed it on. I'm hoping it will take, but I'm not confident about the short edges, they were coming up in little hills along the grain as the glue dried.

More tomorrow.
12 January 2011 @ 04:34 pm
Glue has been applied to both the veneer...

And the tabletop (or substrate, science fans).

Opinions on the internets seemed to be divided on whether or not to apply glue to the veneer at all, but reading between the lines, I decided to do the veneer as well. Also because there was a nice man in a video tutorial who did it and I trusted his face.

The glue now has to dry and then the hot iron comes into play. It's almost five o'clock and the timing on this business is all wrong, but I've started now so I'm going to have to finish. The children can eat another day.
12 January 2011 @ 03:57 pm
Where the hell did I put the wood glue? The new one, not that one that's all lumpy and I watered down last month, the new one that I actually need. Where is it?
12 January 2011 @ 03:55 pm
Joining the veneer is, I hope, the hardest part of this job. It's taken me almost three hours to staighten the edges and stick the three bits together with painter's tape. The middle bit became a lot narrower than it was originaaly, due to me splitting it twice.

It looks a lot better on what will be the underside. I've cut it roughly to shape.

And I've sanded and wiped down the top of the table with Bison Magic Wipes. They don't sponsor me or anything, the Bison people, but they bloody well should, considering the litres of Bison Kit I put into that first chair and, come to think of it, also the second chair which needed some work and now this whole Magic Wipe thing and what with me mentioning them on the internets. Are you listening, Bison?

Now for glue.

12 January 2011 @ 02:01 pm
I split something. I may be some time.