|Project by Lazyman||posted 04-03-2015 08:29 PM||2794 views||10 times favorited||9 comments|
I had a bunch of tools just laying on the shelf beneath my bench that was a driving me crazy so I decided to make a set of drawers to organize and declutter the shelf. My neighbor was cleaning out their attic and gave me a couple of old table leaves that I decided to use to make the chest. The leaves were so darkly stained that I couldn’t tell what kind of wood they were but after stripping off the finished I discovered that it was ambrosia maple. I went to the local Lowes to get some red oak for the drawer fronts and found a quarter sawn piece in the bin. I used some poplar for the drawer sides and back.
I looked around for some nice contrasting drawer pulls but finally decided I wanted them to be made of wood but still look a little like wrought iron. After a week of sketchup designs and a little experimentation I settled on this look. I was initially thinking that I would experiment with ebonizing the entire chest but after discovering the ambrosia maple and quarter sawn red oak I decided to keep the finish as clear as possible and just experiment with ebonizing the drawer pulls. After applying the iron/vinegar solution, it left the pulls with a very chalking feel and I didn’t want to sand them any more so I simply burnished them with a coarse shop towel on a wood block. The 5th picture shows the before and after affect of the burnishing. I probably spent more time on the drawer pulls than the drawers and chest (hence the title).
I still need to fine tune the runners to adjust drawer spacing a bit but I couldn’t wait to declutter the bench shelf.
I may have to find a more prominent place to show off the maple.
-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.