|Project by Everett1||posted 07-17-2012 01:24 AM||4192 views||8 times favorited||16 comments|
I made this table for my wife’s Great Aunt. It’s been kind of a Mission style kick lately. I guess it’s appropriate, since I grew up in the neighborhood of Eastwood in Syracuse, NY. Anyone that knows the story about Gustav Stickley, that’s the same neighborhood where he had his first factory.
It is made out of Quarter Sawn White Oak; 8/4 for the legs, and 4/4 for everything else. The drawers are made out of 4/4 Hard Maple that I resawed on my bandsaw (excited that I was able to do this, since I didn’t have the bandsaw when I first started this project, and its nice to save material). I fumed it for 36 hours using household ammonia. I made a tent by covering some saw horses with plastic, and placing four bowls of ammonia in the corners then sealed it up with heavy bricks at the bottom of the plastic.
The drawers are also lined with Aromatic Cedar, which I resawed the cedar too, and face glued it to the Maple. Drawer bottoms are solid Aromatic cedar as well. I have a slot in the back of the drawer, so if for some reason there is a problem with the drawer bottom, it can be taken out and replaced/repaired. Also had to do it for the wood movement anyway. And, good luck finding Aromatic cedar plywood.
It is a LOT of mortise and tenon joinery. I’ve been obsessed about Sam Maloof lately, so re-enforced the mortise and tenons with his screw/plug method. Plugs and Handles are made of Ash.
The focus point, the tile, was brought back from Germany, from the stove that was in the house my wife’s Great Grandmother grew up in. It was really cool to hold something really old and that was clearly hand made. Only downside was it was nerve racking hoping I didn’t drop it while fitting it. It went back inside to a safe place immediately after I was done fitting it. The tile is covered by a pane of 1/4” glass.
It is finished Sam Maloof style (Varnish/BLO/Tung for 5 coats, then 1 part beeswax to 16parts blo/tung. I also make my own polish with beeswax and turpentine, gives it a little extra boost.
Thanks for viewing
-- Ev in Framingham, MA