Bombe Continues

Frank is back and we’ve been hard at the Bombe. One of the things that has helped us move at a good pace is having all the patterns from a previous build as well as having a Bombe
reference from.

This brought up a thought, if we can have drawings and full size patterns made of this piece made how many of you would be interested? Whether we do them would depend entirely on how many would want them so we can contain the cost. This is a once in a lifetime piece for most and while you may or may not like the piece, it’s one of those things that become a ” Significant Accomplishment.” Don’t feel this piece is “out of your league” it is not. There is a difference between challenging and difficult. Difficult is not knowing what to do or how to do it, we can handle that part…Challenging means that you can do it but you are learning and pushing yourself along the way.

I’m taking lots of photos and they will help you to visualize the processes and how we can get a little creative to overcome most obstacles. One of the things we had to do was to use multiple bits to get the profiles we needed for the feet and moulding. We want to get the feer made, the bottom moulding and the waist molding so we can move on to our upper case. Fitting the upper case will be much easier with all of the questions concerning the moulding answered.


At the moment, we are cleaning up the outside of the bottom case and ensuring that we have the top and bottom of the sides exactly where we want them. Then we can fit our mouldings, do some hand planing, scraping and some sanding will be in order.

The feet are 6″ tall x 9 ” long. Here is where I will get some questions. When I glue my feet, I simply size the 45 degree bevel, by that I mean I apply glue to the cut edge and then work it in well to the end grain. Next I wipe it back, let it tack up and then apply more glue. By scuffing them together the suction of the glue will hold them. The reason for sizing the joint is that the procedure works glue into the end grain which normally absorbs the glue from the joint resulting in a glue starved joint and thus a weak one. Before you knock this technique, give it a try, then clamp if needed and let dry. After the glue is set, we then the “blocked” the inside corner of the feet, meaning that we glued a small vertical piece to the inside corner which strengthens the joint further and adds additional support to the foot. The feet in this case are quartersawn ribbon figure so expansion and contraction will be minimal so no issue with the vertical piece. If it were flat sawn I would put two pieces, one top and one bottom leaving a gap in the middle ( about 1/4=-inch) to allow for some movement. At 6-inches long and 1 3/4-inches thick, not much is going to move.

If you have questions just ask and if you have an interest in a full size set of drawings also let me know. I will probably have more on the drawings in the Newsletter next week. I do want to mention that it will depend on response because it isn’t cheap to have these made but if we share the cost, it might be worth it.

Okay, Frank and I are working away, we have all week so we’ll be blogging every day, if you have any questions concerning this project as you see the photos and see what stage we are at, please email with your questions so we can get them answered as quickly as possible.


Bye the Way .. Frank says hello to his Dad in Florida…

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2 Responses to Bombe Continues

  1. teenagewoodworker says:

    lookin good!!! those are some very large curvaceous feet… are the feet copied from the origional as well?? i’ve never seen a design like that on a foot

  2. dead on the money Denis, we copied it all to the letter

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