|Project by jeff_wenz||posted 06-11-2012 09:37 PM||7615 views||17 times favorited||15 comments|
This was my first commissioning for a furniture piece. The proud parents of a college graduate wanted to give their son something that would last.
First of all, I have to give credit to fellow LJ’er Jonathan Szczepanski as I used his Hope Chest design as my inspiration.
The project commissioning was for a place to store and display guns (mostly handguns, but he does have a couple rifles). He did not want a safe, nor did he want glass for people to see them. He did want some type of lock to keep the average person from getting into them. My solution was to use a hidden magnetic child lock from Rev-a-shelf.
The size is 4’ wide by 64” tall by 20” deep. It is constructed of Maple plywood. The trim and doors are made up of maple, walnut trim and some beautiful birds eye maple veneer from Joe at www.veneersupplies.com. Finding the quality of the veneer in 18” width is a find, in my opinion.
The top is made of walnut plywood with walnut edging. As what is becoming one of my trademarks, I slipped in a 1/4” piece of maple to separate the plywood from the walnut. This provides a perfect transition and adds some contrasting detail (pic #3).
I used some halogen under-cabinet lights (3-way touch dimmer) from Lowes. I also wired in a pressure switch from Rockler which turns off the lights when the doors close.
I had a local custom woodworking and antique restoration shop spray the finish for me as it was too large for my shop to handle. Curtis and his team did a wonderful job and gave it a better finish than I am capable of.
I had a local glass shop cut some ¼” glass. I incorporated an arch in the front of each shelf to go with the arch theme for this project. I believe he said the finish was “bronze”. Smoked would have been too dark for what I was going for. The shelves are held in place by some locking glass shelf supports sold by Lee Valley.
Some of the features I like include the slide out rifle storage (pic #4). Just your basic heavy duty drawer slides accomplished this. I also like that there is no external hardware. Also, I like to incorporate secret or hidden compartments into my projects. This one is no exception (pic #6).
This was delivered and setup yesterday. The graduate is thrilled with it. He loves the magnetic lock and the secret compartment.
I hope my fellow Lumberjocks enjoy it, too.
-- Jeff, North Carolina