|Project by BigRedKnothead||posted 03-14-2015 04:25 AM||2367 views||10 times favorited||42 comments|
This week I finished a teacup display shelf for my wife. The shelf was heavily inspired by an Arts and Crafts shelf I saw in Fine Woodworking a few years back:
Basically, I took that design and made several changes to suit my wife’s taste’s and needs (specific tea set dimensions). The shelf in Fine Woodworking had straight shelves. This would not accommodate my wife’s tea pots so I came up with these arched shelves. As each shelf gets deeper, the arc is more pronounced. Seen here:
Her shelf is much larger, about 48”x 30”, and it’s made of curly maple. The show faces are actually some “musical (instrument) grade” maple I was able to acquire. The inlays are red mallle burl for the flower, brown mallee for the leaf, and white oak for the stem.
Finish: wiped about five coats of minwax tung oil on all the surfaces, waiting a day between each coat. Then I wet sanded the surfaces with 1000 grit paper and Howard’s Wax and Feed (beeswax). My goal was to show off the great figure of the maple without adding color. Well, it worked. You can see in the pics the maple changes by light and time of day, and it looks fantastic in person.
A more in depth rundown of the build can be found here on my website:
By measure of quality, this is the finest thing these freckled hands have made to date. I’m proud of this piece and thoroughly enjoyed presenting it to my lovely wife.
Take care knuckleheads, Red
-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer