|Project by FrankThomas||posted 01-19-2010 05:13 AM||2052 views||6 times favorited||8 comments|
One of my absolute favorite projects. A large, don’t remember the dimensions, craftsmen’s tool chest made from ash. Finish is amber shellac. I love how the amber shellac popped the grain on the ash and gave it such a warm traditional look.
Drawer sides and back are poplar. Carcase joinery is hand cut dovetails. Drawers are on hard wood runners. Drawer joinery is hand cut dovetails.
Drawer are set in their own inner case creating voids between the sides and back of the outer case and sides and back of the inner case. Three strips cover the top of the voids in the top tray. Top tray is actually the top of the drawer case. Custom holes will be cut into those strips for hanging screw drivers, marking tools, small squares, dividers, etc… that will dangle down in the voids. Strips are fixed with screws so that the inevitably dropped tool can be fetched. Wood dividers will be created to make small compartments in the upper tray.
Inlaid duck head is my one and only attempt at inlay. Duck head is walnut set in a red cedar set into the drawer face. To be honest, the original plan was to inlay the walnut duck head directly into the drawer face. But I screwed it up. So I had to fix that space with the red cedar and inlay the duck head into that which was much easier in the softer cedar. But this is what I love about creating furniture with wood. Your screw ups and the solutions to fix them force you to be creative and often the end result is better then the original plan which I believe it is with this inlay.
-- Frank Thomas, Grand Rapids, MI