|Project by SouthpawCA||posted 06-20-2011 11:49 PM||5316 views||12 times favorited||13 comments|
I promised my wife I’d make her something in which to keep her art supplies. I came up with this. The woods are Lyptus, Curly Maple, and Black Walnut. It is finished completely in shellac. I sorta used Wood Whisperer’s method for popping the grain on the drawer fronts, however, instead of using a tint as he suggested in the video, I used garnet shellac as the first coat – sanded almost completely off – then re-coated with a number of coats of super blonde shellac. He mentions this method near the end of his video. I absolutely love the way the grain follows you when walking by.
The top is a piece of curly maple ply surrounded by black walnut and finally lyptus. It is finished with 27 very thin coats of super blonde shellac in a semi french polish method. However, I used Stevinmarin’s method for getting a super hand rubbed finish http://youtu.be/P6Ny-s7vSzE . I’ve used this method for a number of projects with excellent results.
While working this project I went from having just 1 Veritas bevel up jack plane to now having all of the plane irons, a Veritas BU Jointer, Apron, & Scraper plane, a Japanese Compass plane (to do the arches at the bottom), a hand made 5/8” dado plane, a Japanese 1/8” & 1/4” Radius plane, & a Japanese 30-45-60 Chamfer plane. Once you start using planes you’ll wonder how do ever did stuff without them.
I’m not so thrilled with the isoloc joinery. This was done using the Woodline’s Route-R-Joint. Well there is another tool that’s going to sit and gather dust. I’m going to quit trying out stuff and just break down and get a Leigh Jig. With everything I purchased to do dovetails and these isoloc joints I probably could have purchased 2 Leigh Jigs by now. And they have isoloc templates too if I really ever want to do that again.
Well, that’s about it. Enjoy and I hope it inspires you like many of the projects on Lumberjocks have inspired me.