|Project by cathyb||posted 01-27-2012 03:32 AM||2538 views||7 times favorited||25 comments|
I made these night stands for an art show this weekend. My idea was to create something that was understated in terms of design but with a dramatic flare. For the casework, I started with the idea of a fancy box-just a little bigger than one that would sit on a dresser. The boards for the sides, top and bottom were all edge joined while they were long boards and then cut in sequence to wrap the box frame. I added a rabbet in the back for my back panel and a rabbet in front to recess my drawer faces. The drawers have a wooden runner, which was dadoed and screwed to the sides. The drawers were 5/8” thick to give me enough material for a matching groove to align with my runners.
My “box” of two drawers sits on a base with curved feet and a beaded detail. The overall size of the box is 25” tall by 17” wide and just 11” deep.
The simple box gave me a chance to show off that beautiful piece of koa. Which brings me to a point that I have made before: there is nothing I can do that will trump the beauty of nature. I just want to showcase how stunning a piece of wood can be. Here’s how I did that: I had one board which was about 7/8” thick and 34” long and 8 1/2” wide. I cut the board in half (for novices, just a little reminder -make sure you mark which side is which with chalk from start to finish! it can get confusing if you don’t). Now I have two boards about 16” long and 8 1/2” wide. I cut them down the middle on my Laguna resaw bandsaw, ran them through the drum sander and thus created my four drawer faces that were each about 3/8” thick by 16” by 8 1/2”. Next I routed a shallow dado to accept the drawer pulls and then glued the drawer faces to the front of the assembled drawer. The element that I added on this piece and will definitely do again was the wrapping the sides with continuous grain. As a result the box did not distract from the drawer faces and really made them pop. Try it….....
-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com