|Project by volpeveneers||posted 06-24-2010 05:06 AM||1597 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
This project was my entry in my woodworking clubs annual “One Board Project”. Simple rules, your given a piece of lumber 1” x 6” x 8’. You can use fasteners and even different woods. But no more then 4 sqft. in total. When finished bring in the project to describe how it was made.
I’m the president of the Louisville club called KYANAWOODCRAFTERS, so I have to take part in the clubs programs. For two months prior I looked for a decent project to make and then saw a picture in a book of furniture designed for houses by Frank Lloyd Wright. I was inspired by a white glass square domed reading lamp made of quarter White Oak. The original was more substantial in stature, mine no so. After all I had limits to my project.
I drew my parts cut list on graph paper first and then scaled it to full size on a sheet of plywood. I used my band saw to scrimp on wastage in saw kerfs then smoothed with a hand plane. I just guessed at the ratio of top section to bottom section but I think it looks good. If I recall right it was 5/8ths bottom and 3/8ths top. The bottom center is made from thin strips and mounted on a bias. From the front it looks solid. The center shelf is is my first attempt at re-sawing. One piece was ripped in half and edged jointed. I routed a shallow rabbit to give the shelf some visual thickness. The feet are mounted by gravity using a bridle joint. The wood is natural color with only a spit coat of blond shellac. It’s from a hoard of lumber I purchased from a 94 year old violin maker. He remembered storing it in his workshop in the late 30’s.
I have had plenty of positive feedback from friends asking for me to make them one. It’s an easy project, I think I spent 3 hours from paper to finish. I have given thoughts to modifying the design by concave bending the top, center and bottom horizontal boards. This way it can better fit in a corner. Even thought of adding a LED light source from above.
I brought the project to the club program and it was well received. For kicks I even brought the sawdust, plane shavings and one 6 in piece left over.
-- "Trees are evil they must be punished." R. Underhill