Well, about 330 days ago I wrote something about being finished this piece in another 4 weeks. That didn’t happen, but in my defence I did get other pieces done in that time, I just kept getting pulled away from this jewelry cabinet. The work left on this piece was not big, but very finicky and detailed, which is likely why I kept finding it hard to get traction. I made the three drawers for the bottom section before moving onto the more intricate boxes that sit on the cabinet. ...
I made a video for the Asian Cabinet project that I posted last week. I shot some video, tooks some high quality photos, and a lot of pictures that I tweeted on Twitter throughout the project. It is from this material that I made the video. Enjoy:
Makings some progress again, after getting a little side tracked on the second set of legs Some may be curious about the rasp that I use for making templates. It is a #49 Nicolson, a.k.a. “pattern maker’s rasp”. It has an irregular tooth pattern that make it cut quickly and easy to control as well. You can see it here . It is a little expensive, but if you plan on doing a lot of templates, it is worth it in the long run.
Turned out that the jig I used to cut the mortise faces on the leg solved a more general problem, which allowed me to use the same jig for several other tasks.
The first task I decided to tackle is the cabinet legs. If I cannot get the legs right, all bets are off. They look deceivingly simple in the design picture, but having the cabinet float above the legs, as well as my attempt to make the legs from 8/4 stock complicates things a bit. Nothing that a jig cannot solve, right?
In response to Hank Gilpin’s advice on my Jewelry Armoire in the October 2010 issue of Fine Woodworking, I decided to, instead of fixing the Jewelry Armoire, to design a new cabinet that implements Hank’s suggestions. This “Asian Cabinet”, as I am tentatively calling it, is smaller and more slender than the Jewelry Armoire. I also do not plan on keeping this piece, but instead selling it when I am finished, so if there are any potential buyers out there…. I ...
My wife and I need a little hall/sofa table and I want to build something so here we go… Here’s a SketchUp picture of what I have come up with so far… I am thinking solid wood for the legs and aprons then two sheets of 3/4 ply glued together with some solid wood edge banding for the top and lower shelf… (Wood choices might be: all walnut, all mahogany, or maybe wenge legs with a contrasting species for the rest of the piece.) The edges of the top and and o...
Here is my second completed interpretation of our jewelry box project. To restate the challenge, I am trying to stay somewhat true to the original subject while exploring various design aesthetics. I was brainstorming some genres of design, and “Asian” came to mind. I couldn’t tell you the first thing about Asian design. Maybe that is for the best. My interpretation is purely off the cuff. I immediately got an image of a pagoda and couldn’t shake it. I was intrigued by the challenge of...
Here is the second project that I am working on. Again another custom piece for a client down in LA. Taking design cues from existing furniture in some photos he sent me I came up with this design. The legs will have a slight curve as well as the stretchers. Through mortise and tenons that will be pinned with Ebony. The table will be built out of a slab of figured bubinga that I picked up. The slab is 8/4×16 x 68 and it is as heavy as it is beautiful. Here are shots from both...
Posted as a blog entry, for the official contest. For the Challenge04 I decided to design a Greene and Greene Bookcase. The Greene brothers, Charles and Henry decided to create a new and fresh style different from the Arts and Craft designs that was becoming popular in that time. Some of their designs were influenced by some Asian furniture. I opted then to build a Greene and Greene Style bookcase using breadboards and splines for the top but also creating a mid rail in the middl...
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