Mesquite Copper Cab

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Project by Reddial posted 03-04-2012 09:13 PM 1432 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Cabinet is contructed primarily of Mexican Mesquite. Mesquite is extremely hard and generally has lots of knots, splits, and color variations. For you hand tool guys, it will really challenge your desire to hand plane. You will need to sharpen after each pass.

I used a lot of System 3 Resin with copper dust for coloring. This takes 3-4 applications with sanding in between. Also, I used silica filler in the resin mix to make it a paste like consistancy. Since the mesquite is so hard, it is not necessary to mask the surrounding area to limit leaching of the resin.

The solid Ebony pins were created by cutting 1/2” ebony sticks, then routing with 1/4” roundover on all 4 sides to create a round dowell, leaving just enough square at the top to accomplish a square pin look when finished. So these pins are structural not just of looks.

The back was cut from 1/4” MDF, then stained prior to applying the solid copper sheets (3) to the back side.

Large SOSS hinges (6) were used. Gotta be very careful with these for inset doors, especially using 3 on each door. The secret is to leave your doors just a little fat until you have the hinges installed. Then do the final trim to accomplish a perfect reveal.

This cabinet is very heavy. It is solid 3/4” mesquite throughout. I hid adjustable feet in the foot blocks.

-- Darrel..."The biggest threat to 'good' is 'better'.

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#1 posted 03-04-2012 09:43 PM

Nice job on the G&G joints

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#2 posted 03-04-2012 09:48 PM

I like the style and design. Nice craftsmanship!

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#3 posted 03-05-2012 12:25 PM

This is a really nice piece. I love how you did the back incorporating the copper into it. Just a fine piece of woodworking. Great job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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