|Project by lumberjoe||posted 07-24-2014 04:07 PM||2644 views||17 times favorited||18 comments|
This is a men’s valet box, but more so a design experiment. I am playing around with different styles and techniques. This is No.2 in the series. No.3 will be the inverse (walnut carcass, curly maple everywhere else). No.4 will be a desk.
Ash case, all splines are also Ash
Beech drawer box
Walnut veneer on the top and drawers (shop sawn to 3/64 then hammer veneered with hot hide glue)
Walnut drawer slides (exposed)
Chakte Viga drawer pull
Pore filled with pumice and BLO
Custom blended wiping varnish (tung oil base) polished up to 20000 grit after it cured
Veneer on the top is french polished
Hot Hide Glue throughout, 192G strength
Splined mitered casework
Splined mitered drawer box
Legs are doweled at the butt joints and doweled to the case. They were shaped by hand with a rasp. In fact a lot of the construction was done by hand.
Differences from Version 1
I mortised a stretcher into the bottom of this one toward the front. . I thought the outboard legs would be enough to support the open miter in the front; they aren’t
The drawer still racks a bit. I like the look of the exposed slides, but in reality they are more for aesthetics than functionality. The design has no potential to prevent racking. In the desk I will use a pair of blum soft close undermounts. in addition to the exposed slides on the sides.
I think I finally got the leg shape I wanted. In the next one I may skip the angled cuts for the 3 leg pieces and simply shape them. The 70 degree angle line in the front and the 45 in the back bother me. It would look nicer at a straight 90 degrees.
I really like this handle design. It’s something simple, but it actually took me forever to find something that was functional, stood out, but wasn’t chunky. I’m considering cutting it off with a flush cut saw and photocopying it as a template (then reattaching). I’m not sure I could easily recreate it as it was 100% rasp work done on the fly.
Cross cuts done with my custom made frame saw (thanks Paul Miller for the initials!)
Jointing done by hand with my Krenov style planes (scrub, jointer, smoother)
The rest was a mix of powertools and hand tools. All curves were done with rasps.
All in all, this was a challenging project and my second take. The first was similar but I wasn’t happy with the drawer pull or the leg design
Comments and feedback welcomed!