|Project by Tom Regnier||posted 03-11-2017 03:46 PM||2512 views||8 times favorited||17 comments|
I heard an interview with Nick Offerman where he describes woodworking as something you just keep working at and persevering through and at the end there’s a Corvette on your bench. I’m not sure it’s a Corvette….maybe a Rambler with some tranny issues but I sure learned a lot in the process.
The box is made of walnut and poplar with dovetailed drawers and box. The hardware is from Horton Brasses and the quality is top notch…very impressed. I used a General Finishes water based finish after quite a bit of testing. I felt it popped the grain well and didn’t overly darken the walnut which I was concerned about.
The challenges were many throughout the build….the raised panel….getting the feet just right….and of course the cutting of the dovetails!
I’ve never hand cut a dovetail in my life and in building this box I became incredibly focused on being able to do so. I started out by cutting the top and side panel dovetails on my Leigh super jig…then the longer drawers as well. But I found that the small size of the drawers made it difficult to do with the jig and router. I jumped into a hand joinery class at a local woodworking school and worked at my skills until I was able to cut the remaining drawers by hand. There’s plenty of opinions on hand cut vs machine dovetails, for me it was important to have that hand skill in my piece and I’d have to say it was the highlight of this project for me.
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