|Project by AndyPitts||posted 09-04-2015 04:29 PM||2045 views||10 times favorited||13 comments|
This was one of my early pieces after leaving the Navy and going “pro”. It has a lot of bent laminating in it. The door and back are laminations of ambrosia maple, all the grain vertical, and bent around the same form. The back is attached to the base in such a manner that it can move seasonally, so as to minimize the chance of any cracking. The drawers are similarly bent laminated of holly, but in those cases the grain is horizontal so all the drawer movement is in the vertical. The hand cut dovetails on the curved sides turned out to be easier than I had feared. There is a steel rod going up through all the drawer pivot points, and it is removable via a plate on the bottom. The walnut knobs were shaped to mimic the shape of the top/bottom. The drawer dividers are through mortise and tenon jointed to the side. The piece is finished in shellac polish.
I think the stability of the bent laminations has a lot to do with the glue I used, Unibond 800, which is as stiff as peanut brittle!
This piece and it’s mate, made of cherry, are still in my shop and home, and after nine years look just as they did when I built them. They have been all over in exhibitions, thus seeing various climates, but the wood movement compensation design worked and there is no sign of damage from wood movement and the lamations are the same curvature as when I made them. The cherry version is my wife’s, but if I could only find a buyer for this maple version…
Ambrosia Maple, Cherry, Holly, Walnut, Red Cedar, and Shellac Polish with Brass Hardware
14”H x 14”W x 8”D
-- Andy Pitts, Heathsville, Virginia, http://www.AndrewPittsFurnitureMaker.com, YouTube AndyPitts1000