|Project by Blake||posted 08-20-2010 09:39 AM||5338 views||53 times favorited||66 comments|
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Solid figured Maple and Claro Walnut.
The cabinet is 27” wide, 17” tall and 12” deep, and it stands 58” tall overall.
I’ve always wanted to build a freestanding cabinet. Its something I’ve been dreaming about and designing in my head for years. I’ve always been so inspired by James Krenov and many other woodworkers past and present. It was the most fun and most rewarding piece I’ve built so far.
I have to apologize to my fellow Lumberjocks, I usually follow my projects with a photo blog. But I selfishly kept this one to myself. I had to. I didn’t want any distraction, any input, anything to break my stride. I took a few photos at a couple of points along the way but mostly just concentrated on the work. I didn’t even track my hours on this project. I joyfully lost track of time with this one every time I went to the shop. So I have no idea how long this took but my guess is around 50-60 hours.
UPDATE: I have spent the last few weeks sanding and finishing. I sanded the cabinet to 500 grit inside and out, and up to 1500 grit on the top, sides and door panels. Then I layered on 6 coats of hand-rubbed Formby’s low-gloss tung oil & varnish (each a day at at time), and then I polished it with 3 coats of wax. Then I was finally able to take the cabinet to a friend’s professional photo studio to take better photos of it. I took the photos myself but they are much better with the borrowed backdrop and strobe lighting. All in all I would estimate I am easily close to 100 hours of designing, building and finishing time.
Here are a few more detail shots:
Here are the few photos I did stop to take… just so you believe that I actually made this:
The slab (I almost made a bench seat out of it.)
Hmmm, what should I do with this nice Maple… it might make a nice cabinet…
Shaping the legs took for-ev-er.
The oval wedged mortise and tenons were cut and shaped mostly by hand. I don’t have one of those fancy router jigs. I just cut the mortises with a forstner bit on the drill press and rounded the corners of the tenons with a file.
The micro wedges are actually maple veneer.
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