|Project by bobro||posted 02-28-2015 11:56 AM||1285 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
The challenge I’m working on is an approach to casework with hand tools and traditional joinery in all solid wood, but very inexpensive, quick, and wood from the local “Borg” (unless someone wants to pay me to mill from rough by hand, which is the most fun of all).
So it’s 18mm paulownia boards from a German company/middleman. It’s called “Do-It Wood”, and comes in paulownia, fir/spruce, acacia, beech, birch and bamboo composite. The boards are milled to thickness and flatness with great accuracy, while edges and squareness seem to vary according to the various sources. The paulownia in sloppily dimensioned and has to be squared on all edges, but when it’s Norwegian spruce it’s dead-on S6S and so on. The boards come glued up from 20 cm to several feet wide. The hardwoods are glued from short pieces, which is Quite ugly IMO for anything but, say, kitchen and work surfaces, but the paulownia and fir/spruce fortunately come in full lengths up to 2.2 meters. This looks great for more charming/rustic kind of work, and of course under paint or heavy stain.
This is significantly cheaper, faster, and higher quality than plywood in my circumstances.
Accents here are beech and trivially easy to make as all manner of milled small beech dowels and sticks are available in the crafts section.
I’d call the style “country-kitchen Arts and Crafts”. Not visible in the picture are the ends of the stretchers, which are also all dovetailed, making a dozen tails a side.
The drawer is French construction, dovetailed all around with t+g bottom (with the butt sticking out the lower back to allow for expansion of course) and a false front. But side-mounted.
Pictures taken by my 10-year old, as the android phone thingy does not respond to my fingers.
Thanks for taking the time to check it out.
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