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Project by MonteCristo posted 06-11-2012 06:37 PM 965 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am supposed to be building furniture for my wife but, as my other projects show, I get off track easily. This is my most ambitious piece to date, based on a very similar piece in Glun Huey’s Tauton Press book “Glen Huey’s Illustrated guide to Building Period Furniture”. The book does a fair job of outlining some of the steps and techniques involved but does not give detail that would be really helpful to a first timer. There also seemed to be a number of measurement errors on the main diagram.

The main wood is American Black Walnut, with Old Growth vertical grain Douglas Fir for the body of the drawers, including drawer bottoms. You’ll note that the drawers are finger jointed and not dovetailed – Douglas is notoriously splintery and while I have dovetailed it before, finger joints seemed to make a lot more sense. On the plus side, OG VG Douglas is very stable.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""





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#1 posted 06-11-2012 06:47 PM

WOW! This is not a refinished antique? It is amazing!!!

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#2 posted 06-11-2012 06:49 PM

Very nice piece and nicely done. Congratulations.

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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 06-11-2012 09:03 PM

GREAT WORK !
I like, well done. Same type of projects I prefer. I too used Glenn Huey’s books for projects, and I too found mistakes in the drawings. You can let him know, you’ll get a thank you email.
What finish did you use?
Thanks for posting,

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#4 posted 06-11-2012 09:34 PM

Oldtool: confession time – finishing is not my strongsuit (not yet at least). I think it was just tung oil on this piece. Sometimes I use polyurethane as an overcoat. I like tung oil because it really brings out the grain and color of the wood and it’s easy to apply. I recently tried the polymerized stuff and found it not as friendly (but it has higher luster which appeals to some).

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#5 posted 06-12-2012 07:24 PM

Beautiful Job….. I have been eyeing a few projects from the same book and I will be sure to double check measurements as well….

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#6 posted 06-13-2012 08:41 AM

Wow… Just wow. This is the kind of stuff I hope to be making someday soon. Congratulations on an impressive piece.

-- "We don't make mistakes here, we only have happy little accidents." - Bob Ross

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#7 posted 06-13-2012 04:27 PM

One thing about Glen Huey’s book I liked – he is pretty clever at finding relatively easy ways to do a good reproduction of these period pieces. It’s still difficult (for me at least) but some stuff wasn’t as bad as I thought it wolud be.

One idea I added when building this piece: the top and the bottom are separate pieces that come together at the moldings in the center. This makes the thing a lot easier to pack around when it has to be moved.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#8 posted 06-13-2012 05:26 PM

Super looking Chest on chest, very nice work.

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#9 posted 10-13-2012 10:59 PM

Very Nice Dwight.
The detail work stands up nicely in the close up.
Nothing wrong with that joint, dovetails are overrated in my opinion and overused.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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