|Project by cathyb||posted 08-13-2011 09:30 PM||1588 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
Back in June I attempted one of Andy’s Art boxes. Although that box didn’t come out as planned, I wanted to turn that experience into a useful technique for a different project. It occurred to me that shaping a flat surface really creates an interesting effect. This credenza started as a box on a stand. I built the box, mortised the hinge locations, added two dividers for the walls of my cabinets and then proceeded to attack the whole thing with my grinder. ( As an aside: I purposely made the sides and back 7/8” thick to be sure that I had plenty of material to work with.) I tried for the most part to follow the grain and although the photos don’t really show how deep my grooves are I can tell you they are at least 1/4 of an inch. I did the preliminary shaping of the top before it was attached and then finished the shaping in place. Overall I like this piece for it’s unique organic feel and I do mean “feel”. When you run your fingers along the side, the ripples will make you smile. Instead of a static piece of furniture, it is a tactile piece that you want to touch. To be honest, the wood was expensive and when I took the grinder off the shelf, a little voice inside my head warned, “Please, don’t use the grinder. DON’T DO IT!” There was a pang in my gut when I first started, but I’m glad I chose to ignore it.
I always want to leave you with a woodworking tip: Take a chance, do something different and believe in yourself because it’s only wood.
-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com