|Project by loupitou06||posted 10-26-2009 07:11 AM||2585 views||6 times favorited||16 comments|
I’ve been posting for a long time and that’s re reason, when a slow guy undertake a large project like this one…well it takes time.
This project will be (one day) a two part buffet/hutch with glass-windows top. Right now you are looking at the bottom part :)
I bought the wood (Jatoba and Curly maple) in May this year and after ~15 days of acclimation to my shop I started the rough milling. As usual I went unreasonably complicated for the joinery (double mortise and tenon for the legs/horizontal stretchers and dovetails everywhere else). This has made the assembly process a bit hairy but I love the result. The benefit is that during dry fits, all these interlocking joints held the piece together tight without clamps.
I turned the handles on the lathe and used pens brass tubes to hide the bolt running from the doors to the insert in the handle.
This is my first attempt at re-sawing and book-matching (doors, side panels and top) but I’m very satisfied with the results.
Jatoba (Brazilian cherry) is extremely hard to plane (at least at my level and with my tools) without tear out so I often resorted to my cabinet scraper and scrape forever !
The dovetails are all hand cut, except the front of the drawers.
The drawers are the first ones I make without slides and they seem to work good for now (well the one on the left needs a bit of persuasion to close).
The top looks really good (to me at least) but it is bowed on the two ends, I hope the weight of the top piece will help correct that.
The finish is 2 coats of shellac followed by 4 to 6 coats of varnish and wax.List of my main mistakes:
- why use double mortise/tenons >
- stop cutting raised panels on the table saw, it’s too dangerous and the results are so-so
- When re-sawing, don’t be greedy and leave room for planning.
- When undertaking projects like this, break it down into small tasks to help keeping the motivation.
Thanks for watching and please be patient, I swear you’ll see the buffet completed…one day
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