|Project by Todd A. Clippinger||posted 09-29-2009 12:24 AM||6001 views||42 times favorited||30 comments|
A Quick & Simple Project
I wanted to do a quick and simple project for Rita’s birthday in 2007 but I just got around to finishing it here in 2009. This seems to be the norm for personal projects.
Construction & Style Details
The cabinet is made of black walnut and the drawers are made of curly ambrosia maple. The corners of the boxes are mitered. To add strength and contrast I added black walnut keys. You can see the tutorial on how I did this in a previous blog here.
I wanted to keep the style simple and straight forward. The simplicity of the style and the character of the wood were to do the talking. I even kept a beauty mark in the black walnut which will be present on the most viewed side. Keeping the construction simple would also aid in getting it done sooner – HA!
I used through dovetails to assemble the cabinet. I pinned them in the front and back with a contrasting dowel to lock them together. I love this little detail and do it on all of my through dovetails.
It is up to Rita as to what she will keep in it or where we will hang it, but I sized the drawers to house boxes of herbal teas. So that is why I call it a tea cabinet.
I made a french cleat for hanging. Granted I do not need this type of strength to hang this little cabinet, but the french cleat also makes installation a breeze.
The finish is M.L. Campbells MagnaMax which is a precat lacquer. I am not worried about the film finish wearing because it is a light piece and I gave the boxes wiggle room.
The boxes have all of the edges and corners eased. I do not like leaving the corners and edges sharp on drawers like these where they are completely removed and replaced.
No More Shame
Rita loves the project. Since completion, a veil of shame has been lifted and everything seems brighter:)
Peace, Love, & Woodworking
-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com