|Blog series by KPW||updated 04-24-2012 09:43 PM||5 parts||17928 reads||41 comments total|
Here are some prelim. pics of a 1/2 scale Bombe chest I’m attempting. I’m using the Fine Woodworking plan that’s in the Period Furniture book by Taunton Press. Had to take the 1/6th drawing and have it blown up to 1/2 scale by a local print shop. Cost $8. What a deal ! Made alot of mistakes so I’m glad I’m trying it out as a smaller version before attemting one full scale with expensive Lumber. I’ll post more pics as I go.
Well here are a few more progress pics of the Bombe. One thing I must say about downscaling is that the joinery becomes more difficult to execute. The dovetails had to be cut with an xacto knife and I still didn’t like the way they came out. I’m planning on staining the carcass very dark to emulate mahogany so maybe I can use some stainable filler to fake them up. I also noticed that the draw fronts and rails need to be constantly adjusted as the proje...
Well, I’m finally back to my Bombe’ chest again. Sorry for the wait but I came to realize that my carving skills left alot to be desired. As a matter of fact they were practically none exsistant! So here are some more pics please exscuse the bad B&C feet.
Finally some color. I went with a custom mix of minwax english chestnut,red chestnut, and a little varathane cabernet on the carcass. The draws are transtint honey maple. I’ll finish it up with multiple coats of minwax antique oil finish. I guess for the first experience the feet aren’t that bad.
It’s finished!!! and she loves it. This was a great and fun project. The learning curve was terrific. I’d like to thank all who followed along and encouraged. I hope you all enjoyed it too. God I love this site! I’m moving to Florida on June 15th so until I get my shop set up again, I’ll be sort of quiet. Thanks again to all. Next time it’s full size in mahogany and maple. Or perhaps that black walnut I’ve been milling.