|Project by bryguy22||posted 06-20-2016 03:05 AM||1121 views||3 times favorited||11 comments|
This was a really fun project to make. The lumber was taken from trees I cut down, milled on a homemade bandsaw mill and air dried for several years. The primary wood is walnut with the secondary being poplar from a tree taken down by a storm alongside a local roadway. There is so much wood available locally if you just ask. Most of it is free. Occasional I will buy a log off of craigslist but in most cases it seems people want S4S finished pricing for a green on the stump log. It is a ton of work to go from standing tree to milled dimensional lumber. While the work to do this is very labor intensive and slow, I find the reward is worth it because you had a hand in every step of the process. It is also nice to build a project with a single tree which allows more control over grain and color.
The legs are attached by haunched mortise and tenons. The plans are from the “wood whisper” guild build. I cannot say enough good things about Marks instruction and guidance step by step in the process. I have learned a lot from this project, combining new techniques with old. All of the wood for the project, drawers, top, fronts, were made by book matching 8/4 stock on the shop bandsaw. This was time consuming but the overall grain continuity and color match were worth it. The drawer pulls are shop made walnut pulls.
The finish applied is a Waterlox hand applied finish. This finish really pulls the vibrance of the air dried walnut and builds quickly. Each coat was slightly rubbed with a paper bag to remove dust nibs. The drawers are sprayed shellac which allows a smell free quick drying finish for the interior that will not affect clothing. The overall finish is a silky smooth coat that really accentuated the natural grain patterns of the wood.
-- Bryan, york pa