|Project by sras||posted 10-31-2016 07:09 PM||1118 views||2 times favorited||11 comments|
I rarely stain my projects and paint them even less, but this was built to fit in our front hall at the request of my wife. I have to say, while somewhat unsure about the concept, we are really happy with the result!
The stained pieces are from local cherry boards that were given to me. They were rough cut and ended up just over 1/2 inch thick after running them through the planer until I had a smooth surface. So I doubled up the thickness on all exposed edges.
The casework is hemlock.
I had to improvise to get enough long clamps.
The USB charging capability was an added feature after we got into the design. I legs are built up from 3 layers of hemlock and are hollow. I was able to fit an extension cord through the leg with just an angled hole at the top and bottom parts of the leg.
You can see the full leg is picture #4 above. The charger is wired into a box in the middle drawer.
When it came time to add color, I was a bit curious how the color combination of purple, pink, orange & yellow was going to work out.
I was even more uncertain when a “coral” stain (that’s a fancy word for pink) was requested to go on top of the cherry. But – I had agreed to build and my wife and DIL were in charge of colors. For the hemlock drawer fronts, I put a base coat of tan stain and then added the “coral” on top of that.
BUT THEN – we added an antiquing layer of black stain over everything – paint, stencils & stain. That really made it all work out.
We chose antique bronze hardware and gave everything a few coats of water based polyurethane to finish it off.
You know it fits in well when we point it out to friends and they think it has always been there.
-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive