|Project by Bill Huffman||posted 10-05-2014 04:07 PM||2628 views||14 times favorited||33 comments|
This is a project I have worked on for way too long, (Work and Football season have really taken their toll). In my continuing quest for better hand cut dovetails and building small cabinets, i built this out of Flame Birch and Peruvian Walnut.
I purchased the Birch with no project in mind, but was intrigued by the density of the wood and wanted to see about swapping the light and dark wood contrast for the case and panels. I really liked working with both woods, the birch worked very well and I was very surprised with the pleasant smell when dimensioning it on the table saw. It has a very sweet smell, sort of like cherry, but not cherry….(??).
I added the small drawers at the bottom just because I wanted drawers, so obviously I need to concentrate on designing for use, but they did find a very nice functional use for housing some nice Balvenie leather coasters my brother and sister gave me for Christmas.
For the finish, I stayed with my friend Bill’s simple 3 coats of wipe on poly, sanding lightly between each, a very light wipe down with mineral spirits and then 2 coats of Renaissance wax hand rubbed in. I don’t know if the mineral spirits are the right way to go honestly, but it does seem to smooth the poly down so I get a glass-like finish after the wax. I am still learning so if anyone has a better way I am very happy to hear it.
My wife named it the Balvenie Cabinet as this is the scotch I settled on years ago. Due to some cholesterol meds I currently take I can only enjoy my Balvenie on a few special occasions a year, but that makes it all the more enjoyable, and as a result I can buy the better bottles!!
-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.