|Project by Richard||posted 07-23-2010 01:24 AM||2306 views||3 times favorited||10 comments|
Well this project took on a life of its own. I went from a stand alone humidor to a combo humidor /storage center. When it came time to craft the lid…lets just say I had a moment of pure insanity. The four corner posts and the two pagoda tops are made out of Padauk. The sides and drawer fronts are made out of maple. The interior of the upper compartment is lined in cedar. I didn’t use any stain just a clear coat with some UV protectant.
The lids are formed out of padauk. I used the method described in wood magazine issue 176. They used two jigs. One along with a drill press to sand the profile of the bottom of the lid. This was my first challenge as I don’t have a drill press. I do have a bench top disk sander. It was then a matter of re-engineering the jig to rotate it 90 degrees and make the lid move in and out rather than the sanding pad. The next challenge was that my pagoda lid was about 3 times as large as the one in the magazine. That meant enlarging both jigs to accommodate my lid. I did a few test lids using scrap to perfect the method before I tried it with the padauk.
On the face of the bottom cabinet is what is known as a Torii gate. They can be found all over Asia. They have many meanings but they are most often found as you enter shrines. They are meant to symbolize the passing from a non-pure environment to a pure environment. I will let more scholarly people debate which side is the pure side and which is the impure side. Thanks for looking.