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Blog entry by Chris posted 11-26-2011 03:53 AM 3061 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built from Poplar, and Birch ply

Top is yet to be built, but with most likely be a breadboard design.

I will still need to decide on the a finish and catches for the doors. Top considerations are distressed paint finish, with lee valley extruded double ball catch.

I have low expectations that I can successfully finish the project (poplar/birch ply)with dyes, and or stains. I am preparing myself for a distressed painted finish. My other concern is fitting the doors, as i am unsure of how much room to allow around the doors after the finish has been built up. I am currently maintain the gap of the No mortise hinges, on three sides and a little extra across the bottom. With the build of the finish all gaps will be changed!

Still new to woodworking, this was my first real project, and learning exercise for me. To date my material of choice has been plywood. Poplar seemed the then next realistic medium to learn on. Having turned out better then anticipated, I regret not choosing maple. Next fall I should be able to enjoy the air dried maple and elm I harvested, and had milled this summer.

The project was constructed using cope and stick, to build the sides, doors, front and back panels. The final glue up required 16 bar clamps, and just over 40 biscuits. One more clamp was required but I was both out of clamps and surface area.

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#1 posted 11-26-2011 05:29 AM

It is a very nice buffet where did you get the plans?


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#2 posted 11-26-2011 05:34 AM

I can’t wait for the finished project but it sure looks great !


-- Kiefer

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#3 posted 11-26-2011 07:57 AM

First, Welcome to our little community.

Second, great project. Think about using milk paint on it. You can get just about any color, it goes on great, is how the Shakers might have finished this project, and looks super.

Third, if your gaps are good, I wouldn’t fret too much over and changes from the finish, it should not be too thick to make a difference. It is nearly winter now, so your wood should expand in summer. Your doors are frame and panel so the only movement they should have is from the width of the stiles, not much since they are thin, I’m guessing about 3”. Don”t worry about it. If they stick a bit next summer, take them off and take a few shavings off with a plane.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#4 posted 11-26-2011 04:45 PM

Well done, especially for your first real project.


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#5 posted 01-28-2012 12:22 AM

Beautiful work!

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