|Project by vipond33||posted 05-29-2012 04:39 AM||1719 views||2 times favorited||25 comments|
A couple of years ago I made two tall cabinets in ash for my little one. They were to be bookshelf, utility, stuffed animals, you name it – for you really don’t have much say in the use of your work when it sets sail into the world. These are part of a future furniture project for her in later life and as such were designed very narrow to fit even the smallest wall somewhere and in a left/right door pairing.
Construction was from a single 12’ timber, 6” x 8”, resawn and book-matched with mortise and tenon throughout. All surfaces were simply planed and scraped with no sanding anywhere. The Minwax tung oil finish (x5) was padded on and cut back with a card scraper. So yes, there are a few plane tracks evident but the finish shows the clearest wood grain without muddiness.
The backs are a little bit interesting as I made them as frame and panel style to align with the fixed shelves but used veneered panels glued hard and flush to the solids in a long run. Shan’t do that again as it was very difficult to level without cutting through.
Here’s the fun part to these units. Behind the door is a shelf and behind that the back panel. Remove the shelf and shelf pins, reach under a false brace below and discover a loose magnet pull. Apply the magnet pull to the back and open it on Soss hinges to reveal a 3” deep compartment with dividers. Her mom still doesn’t know of its existence and I’ve promised to never look again.
The motif or pattern displayed is one that I’m fond of though I don’t know its proper name or origin. Perhaps someone can help me out here. What I do know is that it involved a whole lot of careful, one chance stop/start routing with some 224 interior corners to be chisel squared and cleaned. All edges were left razor sharp so that changing light makes it quite dramatic.
12 1/2” x 16” x 52”
About 65 hrs.
Build on LJ’s
Sharp eyes will notice how I managed to drill and install the handle on the hinge side! (left unit). What a maroon.
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