This bedside table was such fun to design and make and it turned out exactly as I wanted. Once again I have drawn inspiration from the arts and crafts movement and included subtle curves. I wanted to keep the design simple but functional.
I usually use jelutong wood for my furniture and I stocked up when I was at KDF recently. Although technically a hardwood, it is easy to work with being both light and strong. This is important for two reasons – firstly because my range of tools for miniature woodwork is extremely limited and secondly because since my wrist surgery in January I have limited strength in my left hand.
The drawer will contain little keepsakes and letters when I get round to making them. I am also making loads of books from a Paper Minis kit. Great fun and a break from sanding!!
I have made quite a lot of 1:1 furniture in my time – from glass fronted bookcases to tables – and what I love about miniatures is that they are so quick to make compared to full size. This is because I cheat and tend to use simple joints rather than the dovetails and mortise and tenon joints that I would have to use for full scale pieces. My old woodwork teacher might not be impressed though.
The chest of drawers is fairly straight forward in terms of design. The only embellishment is a small border down each side at the front. Like the bedside table, the silver bead handles have been toned down to resemble old brass. I mix antique gold, silver and black acrylic paint which I think gives the right impression.
The oval mirror got the same treatment.