|Project by Tennessee||posted 10-19-2015 02:57 PM||901 views||6 times favorited||5 comments|
I have not put up a project in a LONG time, so I thought it was about time to put up or shut up…
I have made a number of these now, and for some reason even though they are way more expensive in pricing than my other bandsaw boxes, they just sell. I’ve sold a few through my museum store, one went to a guy in Philadelphia, one to some other couple, and now this one just today I put on Etsy, to see if I can kickstart that doggone site.
I will say about Etsy, that I put up a dozen golf club hat racks, sold one right away at a really nice price, then nothing for over a month, lowered my pricing a little, still nothing, then got an email from a guy in the NE who is putting up a wintertime golf simulator, and he wanted six. Sale… Go figure.
Ok, this unit is made up totally of scrap wood I generate doing other things. It stands 14” tall, is 10” wide, and a little over 4” thick, although you could make it about any size you want, save for not too small.
The beauty is I don’t need a piece of wood over about 14.5” long, and most of it is no more than 2” wide. I glue up the planks, plane them, glue them up to form the “box”, which comes out about 14.5 X 10.5 X 4. I start cutting from there. You can see the layers I have to make up the box. I put lesser woods in the middle, in this case #2 white oak I had lying around. Save the walnut and figured cherry for the front and back. I’ve discovered that the initial impression of the front, the POP you see when you first look at one is what sells it. So I always try to use some kind of figured wood or something exotic on the front. We always have scrap wood around, so this is a great way to make some money or a great gift with it. And after gluing, it is solid as a rock and the glued up pieces will never warp, crack or move.
It ends up with some kind of exotic scrapwood pulls, in this case redheart, from a little piece I had left over from somewhere. The “swimming fish” design is something I use a lot. Again, you can use whatever you want. The pulls are epoxied on with 3500PSI Locktite. The drawers sometimes have hidden drawers in the back, this one does not. Instead, I have thirteen drawers, two of which have dividers inside.
I finish it all with about three coats of rattle can lacquer, usually Deft gloss. Little buff and paste wax, and I am ready to put in the felt inside. I only felt the rounded bottoms of the drawers, not the flat backs or fronts inside. No one seems to mind, and it is a heck of a lot easier, since all the drawers are usually the same depth.
Hopefully this one will be some nice present to someone for Christmas!
As always, copy it if you want to!
-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com