|Project by SPHinTampa||posted 07-13-2015 03:54 PM||1295 views||1 time favorited||11 comments|
Wife’s birthday present was a couple of months late. Built a W&M Cabinet using magazine article in Popular Woodworking. Interesting project as I was forced to buy a lathe and learn how to turn. Fortunately, Woodcraft had a Nova 16-44 on sale for $500 off so I spent about $2000 to save the $500 ($1000 for lathe, $300 for Wolverine sharpening station, $400 on tools and $100 on turning DVDs). Made the $160 for the reproduction hardware from Londonderry Brasses seem cheap.
- Walnut primary, poplar secondary wood
- Dovetailed carcass cut using MCLS thru dovetail jig
- Dovetail (half blind in front, thru in the back) drawers cut using Incra system
- Dowels used to connect legs into base and into stretcher
- Walnut Burl veneer over walnut drawer front using vacuum press system to adhere
- Finish is shellac on body
- Used spray can lacquer for drawer fronts
- Entire piece was waxed and buffed
- Turning is hard on your lungs if you don’t set up dust collection in both front and back
- Turning spheres/bun feet consistently is way harder than making pretty looking legs
- Walnut dust is hard on your lungs period. Reverted to all hand tool finishing (hand scrapers, goose neck scrapers and smoothing planes) to avoid dust after turning experience
- You can not use shellac in hot weather? I could get good results on the carcass but not the drawer fronts. Not sure if shellac was not working with glue seep thru on veneer or scraped finish was too fine for it to adhere. I could not get a non streaky finish on the drawer fronts using using either brush on or spray shellac in either very thick (3 lb) or thin coats (1 lb). I tried brand new shellac from the can. Ended up stripping and using spray lacquer.
Wife is happy so I guess project came out ok.
-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn