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Project by Manitario posted 12-03-2018 06:01 PM 871 views 4 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First project of fall 2018. Didn’t do much woodworking over the summer but now that the temps have dipped below zero, been back at it. I’ve had a borderline obsession over the last year to make a clean, white box, perhaps the (over) influence of Danish Modern style of furniture. Hopefully this project has got it out of my system.

Carcass is ash; painted with latex paint and sanded back, then a spray coat of shellac followed by 3 coats of brush on water-based poly. Rest is cherry with 4 coats of Minwax “tung oil” and then wipe-on poly.

Overall, I like the look, however, I messed up the mitre splines which takes away from it a bit. Could saw them out but it would then mean re-finishing the carcass which is more effort than I want to put into it.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil





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pottz

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#1 posted 12-03-2018 06:04 PM

very nice love the wood choices,beautifully done.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 12-03-2018 06:14 PM

Forget the splines…. It Looks great!

Nice job.

-- I've quickly learned that being a woodworker isn't about making flawless work, rather it's fixing all the mistakes you made so that it appears flawless to others! Jay - FL

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#3 posted 12-03-2018 08:20 PM

Great job. I like the style.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#4 posted 12-03-2018 10:01 PM

Man this is totally awesome! The figured cherry on the sliding doors really makes it pop. The contrast in the finish really makes it. Things like the mitre splines are so minor and I know stand out to you like lights, but nobody else sees a flaw. You should be really proud of it. It is fine craftsmanship. You won’t find anything close in quality at ScanDesign, let alone Ikea. Really nice job.

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#5 posted 12-03-2018 10:26 PM

Love that look.We were in Phoenix Az.recently and shopping for second hand furniture.One of the shops had quite a bit of Danish Modern and it was pretty expensive…Your coffee table looks great.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#6 posted 12-03-2018 11:17 PM

Superb work,
Hay Is it solid ash? or veneer? If solid how did you join it?
I work with Ash here a lot in Hong Kong simply because its readily available.
It seems to work well indoors and out.
I cant get ash veneer though.
Kind Regards
Anthony

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#7 posted 12-04-2018 01:47 AM

Nice work, the contrast is fantastic.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#8 posted 12-04-2018 02:52 AM

Wow. Very nice.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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Manitario

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#9 posted 12-04-2018 05:07 AM

Thanks guys!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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Manitario

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#10 posted 12-04-2018 07:05 AM


Superb work,
Hay Is it solid ash? or veneer? If solid how did you join it?
I work with Ash here a lot in Hong Kong simply because its readily available.
It seems to work well indoors and out.
I cant get ash veneer though.
Kind Regards
Anthony

- anthm27

Thanks! It’s solid ash. I haven’t really done much veneering, partly because I don’t have the skill, partly because solid wood is readily available. The joints I used are mitre joints; I cut them roughly with my mitre saw and then did the final cuts with my TS. Glued/clamped and then once dry cut the spline slots on the TS. Generally, mitred joints on a furniture piece this size are too weak without some sort of reinforcement such as splines. Did the same sort of construction on this project if you’re interested: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/100873

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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majuvla

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#11 posted 12-04-2018 09:11 AM

That design is so special…colour wood combination is awesome.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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recycle1943

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#12 posted 12-04-2018 12:02 PM

beautiful everthing – not quite sure it’s my knid of furniture but it is still a fine example of innovation and execution.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#13 posted 12-04-2018 02:17 PM

Love this design, the contrast in colors and grain is amazing

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#14 posted 12-04-2018 04:12 PM

OK, if you were trying to look retro, you achieved it!! The white ash harkens back to the old limed oak, and the legs are a pure blast from the past. But then the comparison fades since you have full thickness wood with beautifully figured cherry. The effect is really nice, but not my favorite style. I am old enough to have live through that era… (-:

But it is only important if it looks good to you. You better like it, because it will undoubtedly last forever… (-:

Weather-wise, we are still living in some twilight zone in Anchorage, with fall not quite out the door, and just a dusting of snow on the ground. That probably means you have colder than average weather…we mirror the weather, meaning have the exact opposite, of the southern parts of Canada and the northern lower 48, as a rule.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Manitario

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#15 posted 12-04-2018 05:29 PM

Thanks everyone!

Jim, thanks! I wasn’t purposely shooting for the retro look but I’m thinking now that maybe I need a Naugahyde couch to match it…We’ve had a miserable fall here. My wife and I went away for two weeks to Morocco at the end of October and came back to almost a foot of snow. Meant that all the normal fall chores are going to have to wait until spring. So far 30” of snow in November and really unseasonably cold. Oh well. At least gives me an excuse to spend time in my shop.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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