|Project by JoshOne||posted 01-28-2012 07:41 PM||3406 views||21 times favorited||9 comments|
This is the sideboard I’ve been working on for what feels like forever. It’s made of walnut and quarter sawn white oak. It was designed as a bar, so to that end I added a pull-out cutting board, a tile-inlay as a pouring area, and I put a fridge in the bottom. I made a full step by step build blog here, with loads more pictures: http://joshberer.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/a-sideboard-bar-cabinet-from-walnut-and-quarter-sawn-oak/
Perhaps the most challenging issue of this project was the finish. I didn’t like the intense contrast of the above, I wanted the oak and the walnut to be of similar tones, but the figure in the quarter sawn oak to pop. I went through several frustrating trials (to the tune of more than 20 scrap pieces tested with various finish combinations and layers) until I settled on Transfast’s Dark Mission brown dye as the main element of the finish. Now, here was the tricky part. I could only apply water-based dyes prior to glue up, because an oil or urethane based dye would reject the glue and essentially ruin the project. Since I knew I would be using such finishes, I needed to make it so the last layers of the oak’s finish were the first layers of the walnut’s, so I could glue it up and then finish the whole piece.
Thanks for looking!
-- "The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne"