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Arts and Crafts Library Desk #4: Secret Compartment Drawers , Transtint Dye

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Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 12-16-2013 05:16 PM 1569 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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With the corbels installed, we can move on to the drawers.

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Here my son sands the drawer parts.

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I made the drawer parts 3-1/4” (the exact width of the drawer opening) to accommodate my dovetail jig. After the dovetails were milled I edge planed them to final size, being careful to remove an equal amount from both edges.

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The dado creates two sections to each drawer.

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The 3/4 extension undermount slides will only display the front drawer compartment. Releasing the friction disconnect reveals the secret compartment.

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“Counterclockwise, end grain first (unless inside a frame, then clockwise).” This is the rule of the router.
A quick roundover pass is made easier with an oversized base plate.

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I use a circle cutting jig as my oversized baseplate. It works so well, it feels like cheating.

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Here my son is raising the grain with a spray bottle of water.

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After a final hand sanding with 220 grit paper, we cleaned and dyed the desk with Transtint Brown Mohogany in a 1oz./quart ratio.

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Pre-raising the grain worked like a charm, and the dyed surface stayed nice and smooth.

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Next up will be the dark walnut stain, lacquer, and drawer assembly.
Cheers!

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



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SPalm

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#1 posted 12-16-2013 05:57 PM

(unless the router in mounted in a table upside down)

Wow, that is coming along nicely. I have always wanted to try dye, I think your results have shown me the way.

Wish I had a helper. Mine never wanted anything to do with it. Now they have houses and still want me to do stuff for them. Oh well.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 12-16-2013 06:03 PM

If you decide on a water based dye, pre-raising the grain is well worth the extra effort.

My philosophy with furniture for the kids is this… I will build them whatever they want, but they need to help me. That gives me extra time spent with the kids, and they are learning all the while.

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

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#3 posted 12-16-2013 08:01 PM

The corbels look great Willie and you got a very nice result with the dye. The rays sure show up well. Your philosophy about getting your son helping you with stuff you’re making for him is a very good and positive approach.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 12-16-2013 09:40 PM

That is a nice looking desk, and what a great helper

-- I never finish anyth

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#5 posted 12-17-2013 01:47 AM

Excellent progress and it just keeps getting better and better.

-- Art

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#6 posted 12-19-2013 05:46 AM

Like having “the boy” work with you. I use to help my dad and then got away from it all. $0+ years later, I’m doing it and wish he was around to see I can actually cut a straight line now!

Where did you get the oversized plate for the router??

-- Harold

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#7 posted 12-19-2013 07:01 AM

The oversized baseplate is just a circle cutting jig, but it works great for edge profiling as well. The brand is Jasper. My dad gave it to me, I guess he never used it.

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

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