Mechanisms have arrived!

Lower rack , guide, and drive mechanism dry fit

Lower rack , guide, and drive mechanism dry fit

The rack and drive hardware necessary to make the table operate have arrived!

They came in the post a week ago Friday. I couldn’t write about it any quicker as I’ve been moving into my new (temporary) studio, and engaged in a client project. These are the work of Jon Spencer, the talented machinist responsible for translating my drawings into functional brass and steel. He also created the main box latch.

Detail of a drive barrel mechanism

Detail of a drive barrel mechanism

I am anxious to get back to work on this piece. My plan is to complete the current commission on which I’m working, then the one behind it. (Fortunately, several furniture commissions occupied me while waiting for these mechanism pieces.) With both of these addressed, I look forward to starting back on the marquetry prototype for the top, and beginning installation of the mechanisms into the prototype (not necessarily in that order!).

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