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Project by Wally331 posted 10-02-2017 12:26 AM 803 views 4 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started building this maybe 3 years ago (time flies) and finally finished it early this summer. Made from plans found in popular woodworking magazine, article by Glen D. Huey. As per the article I think this project was a great intro into building period furniture. Not too complicated as long as you take your time. I chose to build mine out of cherry for its beauty and cost.

The lowboy is dyed cherry with an antique mahogany water soluble dye. I was pretty scared after the first coat, however it evened out after two more. The final finish was a little darker than I had originally planned, though dying it rather than staining it really lets the grain show through in a very striking way. The rest is clear coated in poly, with only the top being buffed out to a high polish. I think if I had to do it again I would finish it with shellac, however there were already enough “firsts” in this project that I didn’t need to add any more :D Thanks for looking





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#1 posted 10-02-2017 12:58 AM

Wally – great job on this…really first class. The dovetails are really fantastic.

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#2 posted 10-02-2017 01:00 AM

Beautiful work Wally!

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#3 posted 10-02-2017 01:10 AM

Tremendous job on your low boy. I have this on my list and hope it turns out as well. Thanks for the pointers.

-- AJ, Long Island. New York

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#4 posted 10-02-2017 01:41 AM

That is fine.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#5 posted 10-02-2017 01:54 AM

Beautiful job W’331.... love the dovetails.

PS. Once I tried to Connect 1 cut and missed… since then the missus has been calling me a lowboy.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#6 posted 10-02-2017 02:05 AM

Nicely done.

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#7 posted 10-02-2017 03:29 AM

Looks great Wally I’ve got one myself to finish up, hope it looks as good as yours.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#8 posted 10-02-2017 04:11 AM

Beautiful piece, well done!

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#9 posted 10-02-2017 01:59 PM

Looks fantastic.

-- Julian

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#10 posted 10-02-2017 02:33 PM

This is a wonderful piece of work and it displays a lot of beautiful details and fine craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 10-02-2017 02:36 PM

Beautiful work.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#12 posted 10-02-2017 06:00 PM

Nice work! Be proud. I love the color!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#13 posted 10-02-2017 07:05 PM

The craftsmanship looks great and so does the finish.
As for shellac, you made a good choice. I love shellac fir some things. But this is the kind of furniture that some unthinking guest will set their alcoholic drink on and then you have a problem. So if I do ever choose shellac as the primary finish for furniture, I’d still give it a thin final coat of something more protective against alcohol.
Anyway, an impressive piece of woodworking.

-- http://www.alansfinewoodworking.com/

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#14 posted 10-02-2017 07:10 PM

Beautiful, a classic, wonderful project and work!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#15 posted 10-02-2017 09:25 PM

Great looking piece, wonderful workmanship.

-- Tom D

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