|Project by AndyPitts||posted 07-21-2015 08:00 PM||2965 views||19 times favorited||37 comments|
Six years ago I received a call from a nearby resident telling me that they had to take down a persimmon tree and wondered if I could make some furniture from it for their home. I had not worked with persimmon, and after some research discovered that it is part of the ebony family. I milled the logs and dried them in the kiln, and set about to design a one-of-a-kind piece. My client had a blank wall, needed storage, and so a large piece to fill the space was in order. The design is full of curves, on the sides and on the front. Even the drawers are built on the curve. I achieved the thickness of the bent laminated sides using poplar cores and thick persimmon veneers. The pictorial essay in the link below gives the complete play by play of building the piece (I had not started making videos of my work in 2009). The big lesson learned with this piece was that it could take a long time for the finish to cure. A few years after building the piece my client called to say that some of the drawers were stuck shut. When we finally got them open, the finish was sticky. It turns out that she hardly ever opened the drawers, and we postulated that the closed air space was preventing proper curing of the oils. Leaving the drawers out for a season solved that problem.
Persimmon, Tulip Poplar, Red Cedar, Walnut
72”H x 81”W x 23”D
-- Andy Pitts, Heathsville, Virginia, http://www.AndrewPittsFurnitureMaker.com, YouTube AndyPitts1000