ARMOIRE- Jewelry box - using RECYCLED WOOD #2: ARMOIRE - Jewelry box using recycled wood

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Blog entry by BertFlores58 posted 06-03-2010 02:35 AM 2857 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I suggest that you read first the first part of the series for a better understanding…

The drawer

In making the drawer, all the difficulties were turned to an easy task because of proactiveness. We cannot avoid changes of idea, plans, joints, size, cuts and other problems while doing the job. I don’t have blue pirnts neither actual plans in doing this project specially when you deal with recycled or scraps materials. Here you can find: undersize, grooves, dents, splits, cracks, unique grain patters not oriented to each other, short dimension, leftout tenons, and most dangerous to your tools are hidden nails.

The plan is to have MOLAVE on both sides since it is hard and is available as per my inventory. MOLAVE wood is very good for wooden planes here in the Philippines. It has its own oil and very slippery. Being the sides, I can route 1/4” groove as the slide rails. Narra to be used for the front. The back and bottom doesnt matter what wood will be used. THE JOINTS were: Blind 3 pin dovetail on the front, dovetail on the back, and groove plywood bottom floor. NO NAILS .. since the boards are thin to work with 3/8” thickness and easily splits when nailed due to its brittleness. I learned a lot of techniques. I use the router for the blind dovetail tails and manual sawing for the pins … How I wish I could show this to all in video .. sorry No video taken …

Here are details in pictures after it was done:

The lower drawer

It turn out to be good. On first part, there was comment why the grains are not oriented on the drawers? This is the start of the conversation at home. The answer is so simple … IT IS RECLAIMED, RECYCLED, SCRAPPED MATERIALS . Antonished of the answer, the viewers will be even curious how it is made. I feel very great about it. In many times, it is considered PRICELESS, they always request another. I told them, IT WILL ALWAYS BE A NEW PIECE BECAUSE YOU CANNOT FIND THE SAME MATERIAL AROUND THE WORLD TODAY. IT HAS BEEN 40 year ago that this wood survived and will live forever being an ARMOIRE.

Additional details for you to see and feel free to ask questions for the following photos:

The rails

The drawer rails.. See the grains of TIGER MOLAVE … Actually some were splits and cracks that took me to apply glue allover instead of wood filler.

The back dovetail joint

The back dovetail joint. See also the rails and the big angle dovetail. This is handmade. The shoulder cut on the end was an error on the dimension … The back post was not expected that it will obstruct the closing of the drawers.

The front blind dovetail

The front dovetail joint. This is blind (cannot see the joint in the flont panel board) dovetail. The tails done by routing a sliding dovetail. The pins done manually.. By the way, I might have mixed up tails and pins, which ever… just see in the picture. You can also see the wornout part of the wood… probably this is already 100 year old TIGER MOLAVE..



It is my pleasure and gratitude for giving phrases on the first part of the series. Thanks to all.

-- Bert

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