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Mahogany wine secretary #1: Bottom carcass construction

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Blog entry by Rob Bois posted 02-11-2009 05:06 PM 2006 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m actually about half-way along in this project, but will try to get all caught up in this first entry. I call this a wine secretary since it is a wine cabinet for my dining room that is basically modeled after a traditional drop-front secretary. I started out by building a Sketchup model to help me visualize the project and generate a cut list.

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(Sketchup model)!

For materials, I chose Honduran mahogany, which is as close as I will be able to get to the Caribbean mahogany my dining room table is made of. I bought 42 board feet at my local supplier.

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(Sticks of Honduran mahogany)!

I want to try to match the antique mahogany finish on my table as close as possible, so I am already working on some various samples employing a number of different common mahogany finishing techniques I have researched. These are where the samples are today, although each will probably get one to two more layers of finish to get the final effect. These use various combinations of dyes, stains, pore fillers, and sealer coats. I will also be applying asphaltum glazing to several samples next.

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I have effectively completed the joinery for the entire bottom carcass thus far, and the following pictures show the dry-assembly as it stands today. The joinery is mostly machine cut, but all hand tuned, and I’m very happy with how tight all the seams are. I have a nearly perfect slip-fit on all the mortises and tenons at this point. Next, I will be starting the slant-front cabinet next.

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I will update with more photos and description as the project progresses.



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Topapilot

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#1 posted 02-11-2009 06:23 PM

The secretary looks great, and your shop has some updates since you posted your bench pictures. Feel free to post pics under the workshop section -

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#2 posted 02-11-2009 06:44 PM

I really like the design, especially the curve of the legs! Are your side and back panels solid mahogany? I was wondering about wood expansion, and how you might have dealt with that.

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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#3 posted 02-11-2009 08:20 PM

The back and sides of the bottom cabinet are frame and panel. The side panels are solid QS mahogany, but float in the frame (I will use space balls to allow expansion). The back is just 1/4” birch ply since it will not be seen. The top cabinet will be solid as well, but all the grain direction will be aligned the same way, so expansion and contraction will happen together. That top cabinet will then be attached to the base with blocks rabbeted into grooves on the inside of the aprons to account for wood movement. My current thinking is the drop-front desk will also be either frame and panel, or breadboarded to account for movement (as this will need support to prevent cupping, and also allow for movement).

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#4 posted 02-11-2009 10:27 PM

Interesting, I have not used the space balls yet. This is going to be a beautiful piece of furniture when done. Looking forward to more posts!

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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#5 posted 02-12-2009 05:00 PM

Looks like a great project.
Cant wait to see the next phase.

Thanks for posting

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