|Project by vipond33||posted 06-17-2012 05:53 PM||2596 views||8 times favorited||24 comments|
I’ve noticed that many projects here start out with a spectacular piece of saved or found material and then only finds its expression in due time, as the design somehow suggests itself. Sometimes it takes a while for it to come to fruition and this one certainly did.
These bedroom pieces started off not with wood but from a few pieces of a sea foam green laminate left over years ago from a job at work, i.e. somebody’s bathroom vanity. I hoarded it for its colour, celadon by name, and for its interesting texture.
Celadon “has been described by ancient Chinese artisans as having a quiet elegance whose colour is “beyond description,” in that it must be experienced to be understood”. The build was done in a Deco style to be very restful, perfect for my bedroom.
The mate to this material is walnut for the most part, done in my favourite technique of veneer over solid. Building this way allows for a flowing grain match and a uniformity of colour not possible with solids alone. I also appreciate how your design then has fewer limitations. Don’t want flashy grain? Done. Want a bold symmetrical pattern to build on? Done.
For the laundry cabinet it was laid up over red oak for many of the verticals, interspersed with solid walnut at different levels and with solid walnut corners. The profiled edges of both units are walnut veneer over walnut.
One piece routed and dadoed frames made in Baltic birch form the structure. The glue up was a pig to do as clamps were pretty much useless for the most part. Each strip was held with hand pressure for a minute or two, followed by an arduous removal of the squeeze out.
I inlaid a feature strip of padouk all round to suddenly offset the green, and fitted it slightly proud to help protect the walnut from cross grain scratches
and ground a custom knife for the shaper to profile the edges.
This is reversed on the base of the laundry cabinet. I’m not super happy with the strap hinges but honestly, nothing else would work given the voids everywhere.
The bookshelf is a through dowel construction and the design is based on a very old idea from IKEA. The cantilevered shelves are strong enough that one could sit on them.
The mystery material at the top of the hamper opening is that most humble of sheet goods, Masonite. To me it looks far better than it has any right to.
Spray shellac finish by clayton on the hamper, Tried and True on the bookshelf. Watco liquid satin wax with 0000 steel wool. Machine threaded knock down bolts on both pieces act as levelers.
Laundry hamper 25” x 17” x 36”
Bookshelf 42 1/2” x 33” x 11 1/4”
About 62 hrs.
Build on LJ’s.
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