|Project by KelSnake||posted 04-18-2015 01:35 PM||811 views||1 time favorited||3 comments|
This armoire represents a little experiment I did where I put an ad online looking to trade my woodworking for a used motorcycle. So, one day I heard back from a fella expressing interest and that he had a bike to offer as trade.
I looked at his bike and thought it ok, not neccessarily a bike I would keep, but that wasn’t particular to my specific experiment so I went ahead with the deal anyway. To match to the value of the bike I expressed that I would have to make this piece from reclaimed materials and that he would have to pick from the stains I had on hand. He was ok with that. The experiment moved forward.
So, this 2 piece armoire was built nearly entirely from shipping crates that came from work. The plywood is 13/16” veneer core Sappo, ...I am told that it is a South American Pine of sorts. The plywood itself is easy to work with and is a bit rough, much like coming from the saw mill, so it sanded up great while giving it an aged look if I left some of the milling marks here and there. The simple doors and drawer face edges are wrapped with solid pine as to hide the plywood nature of this piece. I am pretty sure that all I had to purchase was the hinges and drawer slides. All the other materials I had on hand already.
I had never done a clamshell top before and thought it might be fun to try, so I made up a few jigs and off I went. The clamshell pieces themselves are of solid pine. When I was finished I put a Red Mahoghany stain and many coats of high gloss varathane on it.
In the end I sold the bike and sold it for about the same as I would have if I sold the cabinet to begin with, ..or pretty close anyway.
-- Kel Snake, ~ Mystery By Design ~ http://www.woodlockplans.ca