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Project by Dorje posted 2622 days ago 2558 views 6 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I finally finished this thing and here it is!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA





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oscorner

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#1 posted 2622 days ago

You did a fine job of matching the wood grain on all the drawers and the rest of it. Super joinery! I turned out very nice…you should be proud!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Bob A in NJ

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#2 posted 2622 days ago

This project is right up my alley. Sqaure , functional, the dovetails, color have all come together great. Nice job.

Bob

-- Bob A in NJ

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RonR

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#3 posted 2621 days ago

Very nice job. Are those hand cut dovetails? Well done.

-- RonR, Massachusetts

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Karson

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#4 posted 2621 days ago

Great Topper. Nice job with all of the construction details.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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miles125

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#5 posted 2621 days ago

handsome cabinet. Is that quarter sawn Fir?

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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jockmike2

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#6 posted 2621 days ago

Very nice A+. Better than anything i’ve done. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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mot

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#7 posted 2621 days ago

Very nice topper. The dovetails have a handcut appearance. Can you talk a bit about the construction and joinery?

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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WayneC

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#8 posted 2621 days ago

Great topper. I’m also wondering about the dove tails.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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gizmodyne

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#9 posted 2621 days ago

Very nice. I like the vertical grain and the score lines on the dovetails.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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Napaman

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#10 posted 2621 days ago

this could win a summer award for joinery…beautiful piece…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Sawdust2

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#11 posted 2621 days ago

Making fine dovetails in a soft wood is very very difficult.

The finish is uniformly reflective.

That is a top-notch topper.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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David

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#12 posted 2621 days ago

Dorje -

WOW! Excellent job. Very nice detail and finish work. This is a project to be very proud of! Very nice case work.

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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Dorje

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#13 posted 2621 days ago

Thanks for all the positive comments! To answer some of the questions:

It is vertical grain (quartersawn) fir that I picked up for next to nothing from a window shop that was shutting down in my neighborhood. I tried to use the prettiest, tightest grained material for all the showing surfaces.

The joinery is as follows: I handcut dovetails for the main carcase corners and all the drawers (front and back); sliiding doves for the vertical dividers (made with the router); stopped dadoes for all the horizontal dividers (again, routed). Sawdust2 said, “Making fine dovetails in a soft wood is very very difficult.” Isn’t that the truth! The combination of the hard, brittle slow growth rings and the soft quick growth rings in fir sure gives handsaws and chisels (and their user) a run for their money. I also made a frame and (flush) panel back (all solid stock) and mortised and tenoned all the back frame members (overkill – but wanted the practice!) then rabbetted it into the back of the case. Oh yeah, I resawed alder (right off the firewood pile) and jointed up stock for the drawer bottoms out of that.

My intention with this piece was to learn a lot of different joinery techniques on one little project that I will later be able to apply to other, hopefully bigger pieces that I construct! Also, I wanted to use all solid stock on this one. So from my point of view, I accomplished what I set out to do.

Thanks again!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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Dorje

1763 posts in 2622 days


#14 posted 2621 days ago

Oh yeah, one more thing…

The knobs: I handturned those out of birch.

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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MsDebbieP

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#15 posted 2621 days ago

oh so very nice!!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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