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Arts and Crafts 6 Drawer Dresser #8: Backsplash Inlay and Trimming Top

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Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 556 days ago 2131 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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With the top built, it was time to turn my attention to the backsplash inlay and wedge detail.

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I cut a double sided taper on the backsplash piece using a tapering jig at the tablesaw.

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I saved my offcuts to make wedge shapes. The wedges were glued back onto the backsplash. I was careful to place the wedge in its original position so the grain would align.

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The backsplash is carpet taped to a strip of MDF. This creates a straight reference point to cut shallow dados for my inlay. Alternately, I could have cut the dados before tapering the top. However, this would have required several freehand cuts at the bandsaw to notch out around the wedge. I decided it would be much easier and more accurate to just glue the wedge back on after cutting the tapers.

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With the dados cut, I mill up some walnut for the inlay. The inlay stands proud of the backsplash by 1/8”. The pieces are individually mitered to fit at the miter saw.

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Inlay dry-fitting. The design looks like wedges are driven in, tightening leather straps to affix the backsplash.

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Inlay glueup.

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Inlay complete, with tops trimmed to final size and sanded.

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Next up will be the drawers.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush



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sb194

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#1 posted 556 days ago

Looks great. I really like the wedge and strap design.

Sean

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Dan

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#2 posted 366 days ago

Wow!! i think we studied the same classes or the books, lol.
I never had a drawing, just started with a story stick and went from there. Your build and details are a great talent indeed !! I promise to not copy your builds here, but it is very close to my thoughts for the dresser and even the hardware! even my TV cabinet has a similar crest from the top cut off.
Really a great job !!

-- Dan Stine, Galion Ohio

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