|Project by Buckeyes85||posted 08-23-2014 02:11 PM||2104 views||8 times favorited||17 comments|
Designed and built this cabinet for a friend’s gun collection. Finish: sanded to 400 then a mixture of Transtint of reddish brown and golden brown dye followed by several thin coats of Bartley Gel Varnish. Behlen burnt sienna glaze. Rubbed out with 4-O steel wool and Butcher’s wax. Cabinet is about 80” x 24.
This is a combination of cherry plywood and solid cherry. The carcass and shelves are plywood; everything else is stock. The cherry plywood is a nice pattern and color but it is so tissue-thin that you cant sand out any deep scratches much less dings without going through it. In the future I think anything that is going to get this much time will be solid stock. This junky plywood is a disservice to the piece.
Most of the gun cabinets I’ve seen have a flat bottom with oval cut-outs. I angled this to get gravity to help hold the barrels in. The inserts are shaped to match the tombstone door top. I used cork as the base.
First attempt at many design features (although if you count all the aborted prototypes maybe it doesn’t count as a first) including Tombstone arched doors, fluted quarter columns, sliding dovetails (to hang the shelves in the upper cabinet) ship-lapped back, cope and stick rail and stiles, bookmatched door panels and ogee bracket feet.
Hinges and pulls from Ball & Ball; locks from Woodcraft. Learned how to do most of these first thanks to a number of articles that I found in Fine Woodworking:
• How to Add a Quarter Column – Jeff Headley – March/April 2010
• Cope and Stick – Richard Babbitt – Sept /Oct 2011
• 18th Century Pennsylvania Secretary (series) – Lonnie Bird – Jan/Feb 2002