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Project by TroutGuy posted 10-28-2010 08:02 PM 2358 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This piece was commissioned by a local library foundation, to recognize their supporters. It was an interesting build.

The side panel frames, face frame, arch and bottom shelf are solid cherry (no sapwood). The plaques and top panel are maple. The panel inserts are 1/4” cherry plywood. Everything is attached to a 1/2” plywood ‘base’. The real challenge was puting it together with no fasteners visible from the outside. There’s no visible end-grain either.

The half-lapped face frame is removable, and is held in place with brass table leaf pins on the bottom edge, and double-ball catches at the top. The plaques are held in place with magnetic strips on a poplar ‘alignment grid’.

The arch moulding is a cold-bent lamination (~30 lams from a single 8/4 board), made by my good friend and fellow LJ, RadiusWoodGuy. If you ever need curved moulding, he’s the man! He also made the panel moulding and the chair rail at the bottom.

The side panels are canted 5 degrees inward to add depth. The returns cover the edge of the plywood.

It’s finished with a vinyl sealer, followed by three coats of pre-cat lacquer. The lacquer was then hand rubbed to a semi-gloss finish, with 500/1000/2000 grit Abralon and a mix of paraffin oil and mineral spirits. It was a lot of work, but it really brought the cherry to life.

Pic 1 – Done!
Pic 2 – 4/4 (31/32”!) x 11 1/2” x 16’ cherry (one of two). The pencil marks on the left edge indicate sapwood on the other side. I got about 9” of usable heartwood out of each board. And I have some nice leftovers!
Pic 3 – 8/4×10” x 9’ cherry. This board became the arch moulding.
Pic 4 – Attaching the panels and the bottom shelf.
Pic 5 – Pre-finish.
Pic 6 – Sprayed and ready to rub out.

All in all I’m happy with the way it came out, and so is the client.

-- There is nothing in the world more dangerous, than a woodworker who knows how to read a micrometer...

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#1 posted 10-28-2010 08:24 PM

Neat! Gotta support the Librarys.
Looks great.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#2 posted 10-29-2010 03:53 AM

There is a lot more to these types of projects than most people will ever know. A very nice result! Well done!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 10-30-2010 01:30 AM

This is beautifully done.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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