|Project by fineamerican||posted 11-16-2009 12:48 AM||2548 views||12 times favorited||18 comments|
This piece is a compilation of ideas, a product of lengthy dialogue, and determination. The overall end result is a stout piece featuring both domestic and exotic woods from around the world. The main body is Curly Maple, contrasted by a Wenge inlay that can be followed around the perimeter. The Cocobolo legs provide a hint of influence from the Far East, as they taper from top to bottom. When open, exposed mortice and tenon joinery ensures strength and durability. Each drawer brings out the true uniqueness of this piece with the Gaboon Ebony pulls, and inlay. The divider is dovetailed in place, and secured to the interior frame with dowels, capped off with Cocobolo plugs. The plugs came from the same piece as one of the legs. The stunning Pommelle Sapele lid is veneered over Wenge, and is secured to the body with Brusso hinges. The hinges were mortised in place by hand. In the main body a Cherry tray can be located that slides from left to right on Maple supports. Under the Cherry tray is a massive grid of Curly maple dividers. The center focal point of the Cherry tray is the Walnut divider, which was inlaid with Marblewood, with Gaboon Ebony on either side. The interior of each tray and drawer was lined in wine suede. Finally this piece was finished in a shop made Tung Oil mix that was applied by hand.
Curly Maple/North America
-- John A. Thomas, South Carolina, www.thomaswoodworker.com