|Project by Tom Regnier||posted 02-20-2016 05:40 PM||606 views||4 times favorited||4 comments|
I needed to make a file cabinet for our home office and decided to try and adapt the Stickley No 72 magazine cabinet I have in one of my books and made by Christopher Schwarz.
The piece ends up being a little deeper than most bookcases to accommodate the space needed for the file drawers. I really liked the look of the long plain sides and the strength of the fixed shelves. I debated over building one large bottom drawer vs. 2 split ones because I didn’t want the cabinet to possibly tip over with the weight of the files. As you can see I decided to play it safe and split them up.
I used mostly all poplar with some oak I had on hand for the legs. My first intention was that I would be painting the piece so poplar was a good option. When I completed the construction I decided to try and see if I could get a nice stain on it without any blotching and despite using a sealer it blotched just enough in a few spots that I was on to step 2…paint! I applied 1 light coat of a rusty red paint which allowed just a bit of the wood grain to show through. Then I applied a GF Gel stain overtop that took just enough of the grain and the paint color to create a colorful grain. Not the way I had planned things but in the end I think it came out pretty nice.
I included a photo that shows the progression of the finishes minus the blotching…poplar is so easy to work with but a bit of a challenge to stain well.
Thanks for looking!