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Project by lumberjoe posted 08-25-2014 06:04 PM 1870 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a credenza for my home office, so I made one.

This is another one of my design experiments incorporating what I like from Mid century modern, and what appeals to me personally. I came extremely close to chickening out on the paint. I had the glue and clamps all ready to go and skip the paint, but I’m glad I took a chance.

Materials
Case/drawer fronts – solid Ash
Drawer boxes and sliding door – 1/2” BB plywood
Drawer pulls and feet – Walnut
Hot Hide Glue throughout
Duck Cloth (canvas) in drawer bottoms
1/4” Luan plywood for the back

Finish – Pore filled with Pumice and watco teak oil (2 applications). Teak oil – which contains no teak oil is basically danish oil with UV inhibitors. I don’t want either the ash or the walnut to color shift. – Custom wiping varnish (Pure Tung, BLO, Alkid resin, solvent) – 4 coats – 3 padding sessions with 2lb cut super blonde shellac – Spit polished waxed to retain gloss – The door was shellaced, sanded, primed, then sprayed with enamel.

Construction

Largely without power tools. I’ve found that without a plow or rabbet plane, I can’t accurately cut housing dadoes or rabbets. Since every board here (including the drawer fronts) have a dado, I broke down and used the table saw. Other than that, this is hand tool work.

I had a lot of fun with the drawer handles. They were cut from a single piece of walnut then inlaid.

Here are a few progress pictures

Rough stock (and this was rough!)

Lots of cross grain shavings

Finally clean and flat

Edge jointing

Cleaning up an edge before shooting

Shooting

-- https://pinepointwoodworks.wordpress.com/





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bobasaurus

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#1 posted 08-25-2014 06:10 PM

Wow, did you do all board dimensioning with hand tools? That is an incredible amount of work. I love the wood bodied planes in your pictures, too. The shaping on the drawer handles is neat.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#2 posted 08-26-2014 12:31 AM

Bold. Very bold. I like it very much. Lovely job.

-- Kevin H. --Pennsylvania

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KayBee

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#3 posted 08-26-2014 12:36 AM

Great piece! The blue does make it ‘electric’

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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DocSavage45

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#4 posted 08-26-2014 12:53 AM

I’m not a paint fan although I’ve done some finishing with it. I’m liking everything but the paint ,but that’s me. You keep pushing the creative edge!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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lumberjoe

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#5 posted 08-26-2014 12:57 AM

Thanks. I think everything about this piece including the style and the paint is very polarizing. You either like it or you hate it.

-- https://pinepointwoodworks.wordpress.com/

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DocSavage45

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#6 posted 08-26-2014 01:03 AM

LOL! It’s not just your blue paint. Everytime my wife wants to paint wood I cringe. I love what nature has intended. Your handles and grain matching are outstanding on this piece.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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lumberjoe

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#7 posted 08-26-2014 01:04 AM

Thanks. Actually I messed up the drawers. The bottom 2 are reversed and don’t fit if I flip them around

-- https://pinepointwoodworks.wordpress.com/

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DocSavage45

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#8 posted 08-26-2014 01:45 AM

Coulda fooled me. LOL! Thought it was intentional. :<)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 08-26-2014 02:09 AM

Nice work

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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JoeRPhilly

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#10 posted 08-26-2014 06:25 PM

Very nice, the blue looks good. It must have been very satisfying to work all that lumber by hand, great job!

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#11 posted 08-27-2014 06:05 AM

Nice contrast and combination of rustic and modern design. I like handles.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 08-28-2014 09:31 AM

Awesome work. I like everything about it.

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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Bricofleur

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#13 posted 11-06-2014 02:13 PM

Nice piece. Love the pulls. Very inspiring. Thanks for posting.

Best,

Serge

http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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