|Project by aurora||posted 02-20-2012 02:33 PM||8506 views||40 times favorited||16 comments|
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then my hats off to my inspiration, BTimmons and his predecessor Ben. I have always appreciated contrasting colors in natural species of wood, and certain design lines are particularly pleasing to the eye (much the way the Fibonacci series is used by Architects). BT’s piece seemed to have these beautiful lines, and I had to build one. While I have done other pieces of this genre (Japanese Modern Style), the lines and symmetry on some of my previous pieces seemed a bit off while the lines on this case seem to be close to perfect, at least to my eye. Japanese furniture is well known for it’s minimalist style, extensive use of high quality craftsman-ship, aesthetically pleasing geometry and reliance on wood grain instead of thick lacquers and carvings.
Here is my rendition in silver maple and ohio walnut with spalted maple drawer fronts from an antique rafter beam I salvaged. Remainder of drawers are local ash. Hand cut dovetails on drawers. I drew the leg radius with a pencil and string, I think it was about a 24” radius. The case was dado-ed to accept the walnut drawer shelf that the drawers rest on. The maple was horrible to hand plane, no matter what angle of approach i used. In the end, I sanded out the grain tears. Band saw and hand sanding the legs actually took less time than constructing the drawer pulls. Couldn’t quite seem to get them right, so ended up doing a multiple sets. Pulls had to run horizontal, to mimic the over horizontally largest dimension of the case, but had to have a similar curve of the legs. Turpentine thinned down polyurethane and boiled linseed oil, rubbed dry on each of 6 coats, then followed with a 2 coats of bees wax, ... for my honey.