|Project by Glen Peterson||posted 04-11-2011 12:16 AM||3854 views||34 times favorited||20 comments|
This Arts and Crafts Display Case was designed by Mike Pekovich, Art Director at Fine Woodworking. It was featured on theFW cover in April 2010. The piece was built during a class at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking in Manchester, CT, which was taught by school director Bob Van Dyke. Mike Pekovich came for a one-day class on making the leaded glass door panels. I enjoyed both of the classes a great deal.
The case is built of quartersawn white oak. It’s 48” long, 38.5” tall, and 13” deep. The oak has a great deal of figure, but the photos don’t do it justice. It has wedged through tenons and dovetailed drawers. The hardware is from Arts-N-Craftshardware.com as Mike recommended.
Finishing was a long process. I didn’t want to fume it with ammonia which is the traditional method. I did a bit of on-line research and found several finishing schedules, but eventually followed a slightly different path. Step 1: Trans-tint dark brown water-based dye. Step 2: Garnet Shellac about a 2lb cut. Step 3: Several coats of Waterlox Original with light sanding between coats. I say several because I put more coats on the top, sides, doors and drawer fronts, etc. than on less exposed surfaces. Step 4: Light Brown Briwax with lots of buffing. I’m rather happy with the final product and the finish. My goal was to finish the pices so it fit with an round oak kitchen table and chair set an an oak barrister bookcase which are both built during the late 19th Century. It’s quite close. My wife also likes the piece. Since it’s in the kitchen she’ll probably fill it with art glass and cookbooks.
Photo 1: Front view
Photo 2: 45 degree view
Photo 3: Top and drawer front detail
Photo 4: Through tenon and dovetail drawer detail
Photo 5: Leaded glass door detail
Thanks for looking.