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Project by LBH posted 09-12-2015 04:36 PM 3292 views 15 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a work in progress. A five drawer cabinet for the Blue Pine Garage project, except it’s made from tiger maple. I overlapped and secured two pieces of stock and ran them through the band saw for a random edge. Then I put a 45 deg chamfer on the edges.

I purchased a King Arthur’s Tools “Holy Galahad” dished carbide disk for an angle grinder. (I can’t make that up). I sketched some random contours into each piece and removed material with the disc. I finished the contours with a Festool RO90 sander in rotary mode proceeding through the grits.

The right side of the box will be visible adjacent to the Roubo bench. I ran maple stock through the band saw to make book matched panels.

Next I made a small return piece for the left side then promptly screwed up the cut on the right side (wrong angle). (I have memory problem). To recover I constructed a two piece return. The right return will be cut back significantly and the edge will serve as the drawer pull. Reach to the right, grab the edge and pull. The drawers will not have hardware. Since it’s been a couple weeks since I cut the three rights I have to figure how I did what I did for the other two drawers.

Then I contouring the remaining corners and finish.

-- Disclaimer: Author does not warrant the accuracy of the comments in this post including spell'n and frammer. I'm just another Dufus on a forum.





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Gixxerjoe04

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#1 posted 09-12-2015 05:09 PM

Real nice, that wood is amazing stuff.

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waho6o9

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#2 posted 09-12-2015 05:35 PM

Excellent work and the vibrant grain is going to make this a

family heirloom. Good job!

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LBH

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#3 posted 09-12-2015 05:57 PM

Thanks!
I forgot to add a step..
Once you have added chamfers you contorr each piece. Leave a 10mm border from the chamfer and contour from there. When all the pieces are contoured put them together and glue them to a piece of plywood. Then cut the drawers.

The project is fun and I hope someone gives it a go. Just ask.

Luke

-- Disclaimer: Author does not warrant the accuracy of the comments in this post including spell'n and frammer. I'm just another Dufus on a forum.

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#4 posted 09-12-2015 07:05 PM

Beautiful! I was just reading about King Arthur tools last night (especially the chainsaw disks, Squire and Lancelot) and now I see someone actually using one of them. The “Holey” tool looks like it would be a joy to use! Thanks for posting this Luke!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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LBH

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#5 posted 09-12-2015 07:49 PM

The disc I purchased was the minimum grit offered and it went through the maple like butter. I can’t imagine the coarse one.

You clean the disc with a torch.

Lastly I have a Bosch angle grinder the arbor had a backing plate so I couldn’t use the hole feature.

-- Disclaimer: Author does not warrant the accuracy of the comments in this post including spell'n and frammer. I'm just another Dufus on a forum.

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Clint Searl

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#6 posted 09-13-2015 12:33 AM

Most creative. I like it.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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iminmyshop

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#7 posted 09-13-2015 01:54 AM

Very cool. Those are some wild drawers! Can’t wait to see the finished project.

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#8 posted 09-13-2015 06:07 AM

Wow!

This is super cool, I have seen the carver used for sculpture but didn’t consider it to add dimension for flat and case work! Thanks for the inspiration.

-- Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. -Ephesians 6:10-11

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#9 posted 09-13-2015 02:36 PM

nice work

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LBH

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#10 posted 09-13-2015 04:32 PM

IMPORTANT !

I cannot take credit for the idea. I was inspired by the Jory Brigham Organic Bed [url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fw1B0MWhjuM[/url]

He is my inspiration a master furniture designer/builder with a great grasp of mid century design.

Thanks for the compliments.

-- Disclaimer: Author does not warrant the accuracy of the comments in this post including spell'n and frammer. I'm just another Dufus on a forum.

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#11 posted 09-14-2015 04:17 AM

The look is awesome. I’ve seen some contour work on a few jewelry boxes. Seems to me the process would work on a lot of furniture. Great work BTW.

-- There's no crying in woodworking. Just measure and cut again.

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parkprimus

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#12 posted 09-14-2015 12:52 PM

The King Author tools are out of the town that I live, so I went to go visit them. They have a nice galley, shop and store. It is a cool idea and it is plain to to see the results.

Great choice of lumber for the project, I look forward to seeing you piece completed.

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LBH

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#13 posted 09-14-2015 01:55 PM



The King Author tools are out of the town that I live, so I went to go visit them. They have a nice galley, shop and store. It is a cool idea and it is plain to to see the results.

Great choice of lumber for the project, I look forward to seeing you piece completed.

- parkprimus

How cool is that? A King Arthur store. I still have trouble writing that. Maybe just K.A.T. Guys and Gals, if you like this project, you must watch the Organic Bed video linked above. I’ve seen it at least a dozen times. It shows how far you can take this contour look. Check out Jory's other work.

The finish. I am torn between dying it like the craftsman lamp project, made from the scraps of this project, and just using a clear coat. It will blend better with the blue pine using just a clear coat, but the dye really punches the figure.

-- Disclaimer: Author does not warrant the accuracy of the comments in this post including spell'n and frammer. I'm just another Dufus on a forum.

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WistysWoodWorkingWonders

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#14 posted 10-12-2015 07:01 PM

wow, that will be an epic piece once completed… lots of work I assume…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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