|Project by Oldtool||posted 05-18-2014 02:29 PM||1445 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
While this project doesn’t meet the full requirements of Posting – in that it is not 100% complete, it is now in use & can stand alone as is, and I haven’t posted in quite a while, so I’ve decided to post this initial portion of the ultimate project.
I started this project back in last September, but with family coming first, that being 4 grandchildren involved in 6 different sports & on 10 different teams, as well as the holidays, well – shop time comes around occasionally.
I was provided maximum overall dimensions for the complete assembly, and a photo as an example of the desired end product;
My idea of the final product;
This project is constructed with Red Pine lumber from the mill, and there are some interesting dark red streaks throughout, as well as a few solid knots. Dye is Homestead’s TransTint Honey Amber, coated with several coats of Arm-R-Seal satin wiping varnish. (As a side note, I received a lot of assistance from Jeff Jewitt @ Homestead when working on the dye process. Very helpful.)
My goal when making this cabinet in a country style to match existing furniture styles, was to do as much as possible with hand tools, especially the many wooden hand planes I have. All surfaces were rough & smooth planed, no sandpaper, and all trim was created with molding planes.
The outside trim around the lower door panels was created with a 5 step process using 4 different planes;
Raised panels were cut with an old panel raising plane;
Doors constructed with pegged mortise & tenon joints;
All carcase joints were hand cut dovetails;
Groves cut with an old plow plane;
Dados by hand saw & dado planes;
The door knobs turned on the lathe (cherry for contrast), made with long stems that rotate the cherry latch;
and the top molding created from two pieces by hand, with a top molded by plane, providing an eye level shelf for family photos to be displayed;
Now it’s on to the two shelf towers for the sides, and as I was informed – two matching end tables.
Thanks for viewing, and happy woodworking to you …....
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