|Project by Dusty||posted 02-12-2007 07:33 PM||1858 views||1 time favorited||10 comments|
After I had finished the rehab and remodeling of the home I am currently living in, I was planning what pieces of mission and arts and crafts furniture I would build to furnish my house. One of the very first projects I did- were these curio cabinets. The reason I built two curio cabinets was – I wanted to try an experiment. I found that the price of red oak was so much less money than white oak and easier to work with – and more abundant and available. I had been experimenting with my 12 step staining process for some time and decided that this would be the perfect project to see if there was really a difference in the end result of the “mission look” I wanted to achieve. I found the naked or untrained eye it’s very hard to tell the difference between the white oak and red oak when using my staining process.
I realize it’s hard to tell in a picture but can you guess which one is the red oak and which is the white oak?
After completing one out of white oak – the other red oak- and using my staining process I found very little difference in the final appearance.
I then choose red oak for the reasons I stated to complete all my other furniture projects.
I found an existing plan and modified it to my needs and desired construction methods.
The cabinet’s specs are 36 inches wide 54 inches tall and 16 inches deep. I selected 4/4 and planed it down to 7/8 for the carcass. I used mortise and tenon construction as I do all my work with no nails or metal fasteners.
When possible I use the same log for the complete piece of furniture. I am careful when selecting grain patterns.
The hinges and hardware are hand forged copper.
The glass is beveled, polished and tempered. I used ¼ inch for the shelves. Soon I will replace all the front and side panels with my own custom stained glass panels, that I designed and build. I hand cut and installed all the glass including the back of the cabinet which is a mirror.
I finished the curio cabinets using my 12 step mission staining process.