All three boarding houses have in/out boards where the pupils indicate their location. Nicole and Rupert didn’t want to put up the old in/out board in the the redecorated house as it was functional but not beautiful. They wanted something special, a piece of furniture that would look the part. They also wanted door signs for the boys’ rooms and keyrings for each room too.
A mutual friend gave her Nicole my name, and she visited the workshop to discuss ideas.
In/out board specification
Nicole had clear ideas of how the two boards with up to 20 names each were to function.
She wanted small wood ‘clickers’, pieces with the boys’ names on them. These would slide along channels under a header inscribed with the following locations: Home, Campus, Town, Trip and Golf. She also wanted a picture of Ollerenshaw House at the top of each board if possible.
I showed Nicole some engraved wooden signs that I’d engraved for Jupiter Artland and The National Library of Scotland. She also saw sample badges that I’d cut and engraved from 6mm oak for Cambo Estate weddings team. Their size was exactly what she was looking for, and she loved the oak finish. I also explained to Nicole the maximum sizes of board the laser can accommodate.
Working with a local furniture maker
Engraving the house artwork, header text and making the clickers was possible for me. Making the boards was not something I’m set up for however. So I gave Nicole FAR Cabinet Makers‘s contact details. Frazer is a furniture maker near Crail. I’ve worked with him on several projects including signage for Cambo Estate.
Getting to work
Nicole liked our ideas and quotes, and was keen to get to work. She hoped to have the boards made as soon as possible. She send me a list of the boys’ names and year groups and I created proofs for the clickers and the header boards.
Frazer delivered one board and the two strips for location text and two waney edged pieces for the house artwork. It was really useful to have the board in pieces to work on and I could double check measurements and fit.
All the pieces were solid oak except for the backing board. It was oak veneered mdf which made it easier and cheaper to make.
I tweaked the clicker sizes so they’d sun smoothly in the grooves that Frazer had made, making them 65 x 30mm. He kindly planed my oak planks down from 7.5mm to 5mm thick. Just as well I’d checked or they would have been too thick!
Then I cut and engraved the clickers and location strips and treated the clickers with antique oil.
Installing the in/out boards
Frazer sanded, finished and assembled both boards and installed them in Ollerenshaw House last week. They look great, and Rupert, Nicole and the boys are really pleased with them. They really are pieces of furniture and a joy to use.
I’m going to write a separate blog about how I engraved the Ollerenshaw House artwork, and about the keyrings and door signs.
For obvious reasons, I’ve blanked out the name in the top photo as I can’t show pictures where any names can be read.