|Project by CharlesA||posted 03-12-2016 01:30 PM||2755 views||6 times favorited||15 comments|
This is my first mid-century modern piece, largely from the Mid-Century Modern Furniture by Michael Crow. The legs are quartersawn walnut from my local sawmill. The stretchers and top are made from wall panels from a courtroom that my brother-in-law bought in an auction. I got 30 77×10.5” boards. He’s a mid-century modern fan, so this is my payback.
Here is the original Finn Juhl:
I followed the plan other than the legs. In the book, Crow redesigns the legs from their original turned style. I re-did them by making them from solid walnut instead of gluing two pieces together into an L shape as Crow did. I like the way the legs ended up, but I spend a fair amount of time shaping them (the longest process in the build). I used the jointer (similar to tapered legs technique), bandsaw, microplane rasp, rasp, and sandpaper
The top sits on 6 pieces of brass rod. I cut them with the metal blade on my Bosch jig saw and then filed a chamfer on the ends.
I used a circular saw (with a very nice Freud thin kerf blade) and a guide to cut the 18.5° bevel on the edges.
I finished it by first using garnet shellac to give it the rich color and then spraying it with General Finishes High Performance poly. I’m becoming a convert to sprayed finishes.
Thanks for looking.
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