Chippendale Cabinet Project #6: Started The Scroll Work, Oops

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Blog entry by William posted 03-07-2011 02:56 AM 1597 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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#1 posted 03-07-2011 03:18 AM

Yep “Murphy” is over at your house. Keep him there a few more days. He stays around my house so much I let him stay in the spare room.;)
Even with your wood issues it still looks good William.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#2 posted 03-07-2011 03:34 AM

It looks good, I think. Too bad it won’t do the way I started. I don’t know how I missed it. I didn’t notice it until after I had cut it and stood it up there to get an idea how it was going to look. There are spots where the only thing holding some sections together is the veneer on each side of the plywood. It’s a wonder it didn’t break when I was sanding it.
I’m just glad I caught it now instead of after I’d cut all the pieces for that section.


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#3 posted 03-07-2011 03:48 AM

I totally understand. Even with a plan simple things such as grain direction can get you. Grain direction bit me hard just before Christmas when I was building my wife a bench. Take 2 steps back and go to plan b. By the time the project is over if your like me you should be on plan x. Good luck.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#4 posted 03-07-2011 03:51 AM

this is looking great william…i know you will do nothing but the best…its all you know to do…have fun with this one. grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 03-07-2011 01:49 PM

Looks great, William! My first thought when seeing the fretwork was “Wow! That’s delicate!” It really is going to look nice though.

Luan can be like that sometimes. The voids really don’t allow you to scroll it. When stuff like that happens to me, I call them “practice runs” and chalk it up to training. :)

I hope you feel better soon. Thanks for the nice post!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#6 posted 03-07-2011 02:39 PM

This project does have quit a few pieces of delicate fretwork on it. That is exactly why I made several changes from the original plans.
The scrolled pieces under the cabinet for example are, according to the plans, supposed to be cut from quarter inch material. After doing a little studying of everything, any load bearing scroll work I’m cutting out of a minimum of half inch material. I just can’t see putting quarter inch material on there for something like that. If I did, it wouldn’t take much of an accidental bump for someone to break pieces off of it.
This is also why the plywood with the voids wouldn’t work in my opinion. It’s already delicate work on it. The voids would only make it more so. I could probably get away with it visually, but I could never do that with a clear mind. It would bother me forever.
As for the luan, I don’t know what I was thinking. Apparently, I wasn’t. I knew luan had this tendancy. I just didn’t think about it at the time. I use luan quite a bit in scrolled portraits. I know from now on though that it just will not do for furniture type applications. Luckily though, I have quite a bit of the lighter colored cabinet grade plywood on hand at the moment. I could never afford to buy material that good. My brother does construction work though. He was going to throw all this away a while back from a bathroom remodeling job he done. I’m glad he came by my house on his way to the dump that day. He tries to offer me scraps when they have them. He doesn’t always have the time to get by here though.


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Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 03-07-2011 03:36 PM

Hi William;

That’s some fine scroll work.

Too bad about the luan.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 03-07-2011 06:37 PM

It looks orential so you could use auto body filler and paint that part black or use a method called Japaning.

-- Billp

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#9 posted 11-08-2011 11:58 PM

Great contrast between the curved scrollwork and the straight scrollwork. Fine job

-- another tip from cooperedpatterns

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