Radio Table #6: Drawer Front

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Blog entry by William posted 11-26-2012 01:03 AM 1428 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had several way I could go with the drawer front. I could have simply made a different shaped version of the shelf tops. However, I wanted something different, but in the same style. I had thought of several ideas.
Let me back up a second. As I said in the last blog installment, I have been hurting today. After posting this morning, I went back to bed. I dozed off for a while. Then I woke up and started to thinking about that drawer front again. The more I thought about it, the more I just HAD to get to the shop. So, with the help of my wife to get my boots on, and the help of a shot of Jose Quervo to dull the pain a tad, off I went. I had a plan and I had to see it through.
The tops make me think of sunshine. I guess it’s their outward rays with a distinct center. Well, I thought about moving that center, well, off center. The thought I had in bed was to move it all the way to one top edge, and over towards one side, giving it an appearance such as the sun shining down.

I wanted this to be a solid slab that will be attached directly to the front of the drawer casing. However, since I wanted to make sure I’m happy with it before attaching it, I decided to first build it on wax paper. I knew there would be glue squeezeout on bottom, and the wax paper keeps it from gluing itself to the paper. Afterwards, the wax paper comes off easily on any spots that glue set up on.

I started with the longest ray. Each piece is cut on a fifteen degree angle. Towards the center of the arc, I marked up to where the pieces were an inch thick so I could know where it would help to shoot 23ga pin nails into. This provides just a little extra support on those thin ends. Once I was far enough around, I moved to the table saw and trimmed the opposite, or bottom edge off. I left it a little wider than it needs to be so I could later trim up the top, making sure to leave a straight edge there too.

After working all the way around, one hundred and eighty degrees, I straightened the top on the table saw. Then I put it all on my table saw sled and cut it at the proper length where I thought it looked best.
Then I done some sanding. Actually, since this was just an idea to start with, I did not check thickness of my pieces before gluing up. All of the pieces are very close, but some were a hair thicker than others. Because of this, it required a LOT of sanding.

Here is the top, the shelf, and the drawer front. I think the look very good together. I believe that if they look good laying on the table together unfinished, they’ll look even better when I’m done.


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#1 posted 11-26-2012 01:18 AM

you got it

the offset does give a sense of movement

all together they will give a stunning look

well done william

glad you got to work it today

now take a relax

and finish that bottle

you earned it lol

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 11-26-2012 01:24 AM

yes these look really good william, cant wait to see it on the table and finished, this wood should really pop ..great job on me a few ideas …im glad you could work through the pain…sometimes when you do that, it helps..but sometimes it doesnt…lol….but today was good…

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

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#3 posted 11-26-2012 01:31 AM

William, I think you have the hardest part licked. It can take many hours getting the setup layout that you are finally comfortable with. Now take a break, you are probably mind blown by now.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#4 posted 11-26-2012 01:32 AM

Thats going to look cool. A lot of time has gone into these. It shows. 3rd cousin twice removed ;)

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

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#5 posted 11-26-2012 01:44 AM

Thank you all very much.
I think all this looks good in cottonwood. However, it will look even more dramatic once I add the dark walnut stain and a clear finish.
Rex, my mind has actually completely shut down now. I feel like a walking zombie the last few days unless I have something to get my brain working. So these kinds of projects are good for me, because they do make you think. Now I just have to do a lot of sanding before assembly and finish.
Patron, I hope you like it. I thought this looks like something you might do. I don’t claim to be as good as you at it though. I have a confession. I played around with doing the mexican tile thing you done a blog on a while back. That idea went on the back burner for a future project. I have no hair left to be pulling out. When it comes to laying out patterns such as this, you are the man.
Grizz, that is the only reason I even mention my pain and other health issues online. I sometimes try not to because some people want to offer me sympathy. Sympathy isn’t what I want. I want people to realize that wood work can be very therapeutic to someone with a lot of health issue such as myself. Take today’s adventure for example. There becomes a point when working on something like this that I forget that I’m in pain. Of course, the pain hasn’t magically stopped. It keeps me occupied enough to make me forget though.
Dave, that is 3rd cousin, twice removed, in law, on my fifth uncle’s side by marriage.

I’ll let ya’ll in on the inside joke. It is possible that sometimes in the future that Dave and I will actually be kin by marriage. It’s up to him if he wants to tell how.

I’m off to bed. Ya’ll have a good night.


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#6 posted 11-26-2012 01:45 AM

nice work

-- Joel

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#7 posted 11-26-2012 01:48 AM

Cool idea! Like I said – I gotta try that…............

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#8 posted 11-26-2012 01:52 AM

William the more father along you get on this table the more beautiful she becomes ,the draw looks like a tequila sunrise saw one once r twice it was off to the side but then i realized i only had one eye open :) cant wait to see the finish its going to pop

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#9 posted 11-26-2012 02:08 AM

That is a way cool look! You are making me want some cottonwood!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 11-26-2012 02:11 AM

William, everything looks awesome. One quick question. How thick are the triangles that make up your panels?

You are a talented craftsman!


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#11 posted 11-26-2012 01:22 PM

A great progress report, about a great project. Lookin’ amazing!

Enthusiastically, awaiting to see and read of more progress. I see a “Ray of Hope” in them thar panels!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#12 posted 11-26-2012 11:09 PM

Thank you all very much.

Nate, the shelf panels are about a half inch thick and glued to a three quarter inch thick piece of particle board. The drawer front is three quarters inch thick.

When working with glueups such as these kind of pieces, I prefer working with thinner material. Because of where these are being used though I do not mind them being thicker to help support weight.


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