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Sparky01/06/2009 19:50:32
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I've just had the pleasure of browsing Simon Forrest's albums and I find myself in awe of his work.
Even though he is a professional its gratifying that he has taken the time to upload his images.
For your perusal >> His albums <<
Very nice work Simon and thankyou for your gallery of inspiration.

Edited By sparky on 01/06/2009 19:51:29

Simon Forrest01/06/2009 20:14:42
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 Thanks for those kind words, it is nice to have ones work appreciated, and who better to truly appreciate it than fellow woodworkers. I shall load more projects as they occur, but am just in the process of moving house so may be a bit quiet in the cabinet dept. but quite busy in the joinery workshop...french doors....decking....window frames.. the full monty!

Edited By Simon Forrest on 01/06/2009 20:20:05

Sparky01/06/2009 20:33:12
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Hi Simon
Welcome to this site's forum.
My pleasure mate, you have some very fine work.
Sounds like your going to be having a lot of fun in the coming weeks/months!

I look forward to seeing the next instalments!
Again, well done
PS, Thanks very much. Of course you can make that chest of drawers, I'd like to see how long it takes you with the acquired machinery..........I bet you beat my 279 odd hours!
Joe O 301/06/2009 20:57:52
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Hi Simon,
Welcome to the forum. I agree with everything Sparky said.  some very fine pieces. Well done and keep up the good work.
Doug01/06/2009 21:19:18
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Hi & welcome Simon.
Your albums show some fine workmanship, well done.
I look forward to seeing more of your projects in time.
Toothy01/06/2009 21:26:41
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Hi Simon and welcome to our forum
I love your work and look foeward to seeing more in the future
Alan T.02/06/2009 08:08:40
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Hello & welcome Simon,
                                              Can I echo all that has been said. Good design and execution
of same. Question? Are the fluted pillars produced on a CNC lathe  or with a router.
 Lok forward to seeing more of your work.    Cheers   Alan  T.
Simon Forrest02/06/2009 10:13:26
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Once again, thanks for all your kind words! response to your question alan, the pillars I made on my record (CL5?) lathe (both the bed and the desk). Only the tops and bottoms were cut in the usual manner (with a shew chisel) and the main body of each pillar was cut using the router on a guide box while the wood is still in the lathe, this way, each one is identical to another, care is needed though as the router method tends to be a bit rough in finish, but it is quick and accurate, much sanding is required afterwards. The flutes are then cut in the same set up with the addition of an indexing chuck and a small round nosed cutter in the router, this is where it can all easily go wrong! for the bed head and foot pillars I had several that didnt come up to scratch, the answer of course is to make plenty of spare ones just in case! It has to be said that this part of the work was very labour intensive and I was really glad to have finished them all, but as u can see all the effort was well worth it in the end.
P J03/06/2009 14:06:12
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Hi Simon, Yes welcome to the forum.
 Your work is truly professional (love the 4 Poster Bed). It good when you can make a career out of something you obviously enjoy. The rest of us do it for an enjoy able hobby.
I don't think I could stand the preasher of Biulding something on time and within a cost that people are prepard to pay. Looks like you've cracked it !
Derek Lane03/06/2009 17:50:43
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As already said welcome to the forum. Excellent work in your album
Oddjob03/06/2009 18:59:00
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Welcome Simon
I would like to add  my thanks for the privelege of viewing your album - some beautiful craftsmanship there.
George Arnold03/06/2009 20:39:12
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191 photos
Sorry Guys
I did not realise this thread was running when I posted about Simons four poster, or I would have added my congratulation here, it is truly a portrait of a real craftsman.
Simon Forrest03/06/2009 21:08:40
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Once again, many thanks chaps for your kind answer to PJs posting, you got to bear in mind that the vast majority of my work is general joinery, the really nice stuff is mostly for me and I make it over long periods of time inbetween my bread and butter stuff, to be honest, I dont think  Id be up to really fine work all the time!
P J04/06/2009 02:17:08
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To do this kind of work out of your garden shed well I'm Impressed !
So the question is how big is it ? Your Garden Shed that is. And do you run you business out of it as well ?
Simon Forrest04/06/2009 10:18:44
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Hi PJ,  my garden workshop is 16x12 and purpose built for the job, its made from double skinned OSB with fearther edge cladding. It is a bit small for my purposes but i have learned (as u all will have!) that kepping it tidy and generally well laid out is the key, plus, my main machines are all on wheels (bench saw, bandsaw and thicknesser) so they can all be moved out of the way when done with. Next week, im moving to a new house and there I am planning to build another wooden workshop, this time it will be 20x16 plus an extra bit tacked onto the side to soley house the planer thicknesser and my lathe. I shall load some photos of my current workshop and photos of the new one as it comes into being......cant wait!

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