|Project by Luddite||posted 12-12-2015 12:35 AM||824 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
Here’s the eighth piece made for a client to go along with the Morris Chairs I made for her earlier this year.
Build was simple mortise and tenon.
The real fun was using my new Keller dovetail jig. I’m not against the time honored manual method but it has eluded me for years. I think the 60’s and 70’s were too good for me to do such work. However, this jig was great to use and after building a base and installing channels for clamps I was making fairly decent drawers.
The drawer was made of spanish cedar with a baltic birch bottom.
The top is cherry with breadboard ends joined with tendons. As a rule I like to place a contrasting piece of wood between the breadboard end and the top. This started years ago when I’d use a router to make tenons and things just didn’t work out I found an inlayed piece would hide my lack of skill.
Now joining is pretty quick and easy. Here I milled out a dado and using my surface sander I fitted a strip of mesquite.
I added turquoise inlays to the top, similar with what was done on the morris chairs.
Using Loctite epoxy and black dye I attached the gems into pre mortised spots.
Thanks for viewing.
The piece was finished with Watco natural three coats, rubbed out and sanded to 600grit. 3 rubbings with Waterlux varnish and finished with 800 grit.
-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense