Umbrella Stand archive

Wednesday 21 January 2009

Keep the rain at bay with this impressive stand by Nick Arnull


An interesting commission recently came into my workshop for an umbrella stand, a project that had never been on my list of ideas to make. Some research was required so I went to my usual source, the Internet, to look for traditional design ideas.

Unfortunately, all I could find were numerous bin-type designs so I had to create the design from scratch. This took some time but the appearance I wanted to achieve was to be something similar to a classical column.

I had no idea how large this project would be as I rarely make furniture. I predicted four spindles, four bun feet, a base and a top ring…that can't be too hard! I chose to use sapele for this project and was going to stain it. Once sanded, the grain would be raised using water and allowed to dry naturally then re-sanded to 240 grit.

The stand here is my final design which could grace any traditional hallway and of course, hopefully meet the customer's commission.

David Preece

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"I waxed over the lacquer with Georgian mahogany to tone and calm the stain"

Cutting List

Spindles x 4 - 40mm (1 5/8in) x 660mm (26in)
The base x 1 - 320mm (12 5/8in) x 80mm (3 1/8in)
The top ring x 1 - 310mm (12 1/4in) x 55mm (2 1/4in)
Bun feet x 2 (two feet from each length) - 100mm (4in) x 50mm (2in)

Top Tips

- Be warned: the wood must be sound or injury will occur. It is also advisable to run the lathe a little slower as heat is generated as the wood goes round
- When turning the spindles, make full hand contact with the wood only when round. This adds support to the rear of the piece as spindles could bounce and not allow the cut to be made cleanly

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