|Project by BigRedKnothead||posted 05-06-2015 08:12 PM||2312 views||8 times favorited||38 comments|
I’ve done quite a bit tricking out my shop and tools, now I’ve turned my attention to spoilingl my wife a bit. Besides, I couldn’t take seeing her use a sheet pan for a tea tray.
The piece is pretty straight-forward….
- Half-blind dovetails. I took my time and cut these by hand. Matter of fact, these are the first dovetails I made that aren’t practice or just something in my shop. The practice must be paying off, because they turned out really well.
- Cherry for the ends, birdseye maple for the sides and bottom. The bottom is some 3/8” solid birdseye maple with some heartwood that I bookmatched. It rests in a groove around the sides with room for seasonal movement.
- Finish is several coats of minwax tung oil. I like the tone this stuff gives figured maple. Finally it was buffed with Howards feed ‘n wax.
If you flip it over you can find the repair for a small mistake I made. Oh well, my wife already knows I’m not perfect;-)
A few pics of the build….
I used to think hand cut dovetails and the like were for retired guys or professionals. Obviously I don’t feel that way anymore. Dovetails take some discipline and skill. You have to execute each step well for a good final result… but it is very gratifying when you nail it.
Take care, Rojo Grande
-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer