Currently ongoing construction is a jewelry box but big enought to be called as armoire. I have done it in 3 sectors: the foot, the lower drawers, and the top drawers.
The first difficulty is to decide whether I can make a short cabriole leg for the front. That was a long process due Narra that I have is medium hard. Additionally, I dont have bandsaw and I have to use jigsaw. I bought 4 inch jigsaw blade. It was not a perfect one but it was okay.
The secret chamber will also be fitted inside. The mortise and tenons were made on the cabrioles while the back part jointed in a hidden lap joint so that the side will be flushed. The sides are thicker and stronger that will not affect the joint.
Another view ….
Looks good and satisfying inspite of the fact that cabriole legs were done by hand using jigsaw.
Also, the wood are recycled narra. I assume they are more that 40 years old.
THE LOWER DRAWERS
I was lucky at the time I have started this project. I found leftovers from a sash factory who are making door jambs. Thin strips of unidentified wood 1/4×2 inch x in various 2 to 3 fit. enough to be used for the side walls. Some IPIL woods and other scrap wood and leftovers on pile were selected. The back wall came from a crate from my office made from pine plywood. The joints were mortise and tenon on the bottom, dovetail on the top, and many other parts glued. Strips on the wallside were assembled first then fitted to the post.
From the stock pile of wood, I found the old IPIL (red and hard) which is good for the posts. A 2×3 old lumber ripped to 1×3 to become the bottom and top frames. The slide strips are MOLAVE that are slippery wood. I dont like the slides to be bulky. I made them 1/4 thick (sliding face to the groove) x 1/2 thick. I am not worried because proactively, I have materials for the lower drawers side which will be MOLAVE. ‘MOLAVE is a specy of very dense and very hardwood. It has its own oil.”
The drawers I think I have to continue this episode next opportunity. Please bear with me as this is my first time to use the Blog and how to embed photos.