|Project by solarfish||posted 07-03-2016 01:21 PM||574 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
I know several others have presented version of this design previously, but this was my first try at anything like fine woodwork so I thought I’d post it here. The project is actually for my mother’s 75th birthday next month so I couldn’t post anything to my usual social network accounts as she follows me.
The main body is sapele, my first time working with that wood and I really like how the grain shimmers. The drawers are maple and sapele sides and back the birdseye maple fronts. The columns, feet and drawer runners are all walnut. I have a few changes from the original plans, I have a larger drawer at the bottom which incorporates a removable tray, the other drawers all have removable dividers too. All the drawers have black flocking on the interiors.
This project demanded several new techniques for me. It is the first time I hand cut dovetails (they are on the large bottom drawer) and as an added complication had to be different sizes as the sides and back are stepped to create a ledge for the tray to rest on. The tray also incorporates a little walnut inlay to disguise the hole made by the forstner bit when cutting the thumb holes.
It is also the first time I tried a ‘high quality’ finish, I used 2 to 3 coats of dewaxed shellac, sanding between, then rubbed in 2 coats of wax with 0000 steel wool. The result is extremely smooth and really shows of the wood colours and grain.
I have posted a video tour of the finished piece on an account that my mother doesn’t follow.