|Project by Pat Cavanaugh||posted 03-24-2012 02:11 AM||8633 views||9 times favorited||7 comments|
A very close friend of mine is retiring after 30 years of active duty. He asked me to make his shadow box but he asked for it to be incorporated into an end table. This is the result.
The entire table is cherry. I purchased the Queen Ann legs through Woodcraft. They were well made with one small issue. The top end was not square. As a matter of fact there was a 1/4” difference between width and depth. The original plan was to mount them using hanger bolts and corner braces. But once I layed out the aprons and legs and actual shadow box, I discovered the hanger bolts would not work. So I turned to a new procedure for me. I decided to try using pocket screws to attach not just the aprons but also the legs. So easy to use and it also allowed me to remove them to ease the shipping (it had to go to Oklahoma). The shadow box is centered in place under the top frame with 3/4” blocks glued to the inside of the aprons. The bottom of the table is 1/4” tempered hardboard. The top (not shown in the pictures) is 1/4” plate glass.
Finish is 7 coats of Formby’s Low Gloss Tung Oil Finish and 2 coats of Minwax Finish Paste Wax (one coat for each enlisted rank he achieved). I feel it is far and away my best finish ever. Thanks for looking.
-- Pat - Biloxi, MS