|Project by WhattheChuck||posted 06-25-2016 11:10 PM||1540 views||6 times favorited||7 comments|
Just finished this large walnut credenza. The original plan was that this was going to be a shared project with a younger friend—we were going to make duplicates—but he picked a design that I didn’t particularly want in my own house. I’ll post that when he gets it finished.
I made the doors to be reversible so that if I got tired of staring at the banding, I could flip them around and it would be purely Danish/Mid-Century Modern. The dovetails are all with my Leigh Dovetail Jig. I never saw the big carcase ones by hand. Too much work!
Shaping the legs was actually fun and easier than you might think. Fitting the whole thing together involved some level of misery, but the little tabs on the tops of the legs are actually a good feature. If you make something like this, you are being as naive as I was if you think that the legs will flex and the whole thing will just drop in. It doesn’t work like that. However, the little tabs are easily plane-able, and you make the whole thing so it is snug.
I originally designed the cabinet to drop into the base, and be able to be removed for moving. I’m now thinking that this wasn’t such a great idea, and will probably buy a couple of angle brackets and screw the base to the cabinet.
The finish is Minwax Tung Oil Finish, three coats, rubbed out. It’s glossy enough, I think. The hardware was stainless steel bar pulls from Home Depot. Nothing fancy.
The base is designed after a Finn Juhl attributed cabinet I saw on 1stdibs. Highly recommended as a source for furniture inspiration. That’s the last picture in the chain.
-- Chuck, Pullman, WA