|Project by HorizontalMike||posted 09-03-2012 01:42 PM||8212 views||6 times favorited||28 comments|
When I found the plans for this Mission / Arts & Crafts Blanket Chest in Wood Magazine (Feb./March 2005), I just knew that it would just look great sitting next to my first big furniture project, the Barrister’s Bookcase and it would provide additional temporary seating as a bench. As with the bookcase, I chose to do this in White Ash and match the Golden Oak staining.
Browsing around D. Lawless Hardware online, I found some really fun looking primitively carved Lion Head Corbels that I just had to have to add that touch of customization I wanted.
One of the things I did in order to have the ‘best’ grain on the base/frame was to cut a select piece of 8/4 Ash along the 8/4 side and then glue them up to get 4in wide Stiles and Rails that were 1/4-sawn. That piece of Ash I selected appears to have been one of the first cut from a very large log and the grain was almost parallel to the width of the board. This was NOT good in the traditional sense but when cut as I described, it offered up perfectly straight-grained pieces that could be glued together almost invisibly. I had to alter the plans in that they called for the outer stiles to be 4 1/4in wide. This would have left me in a lurch, but with the use of 1/4in “Space Balls” in the dados, that extra 1/2in of space, along the front and rear, was utilized to my advantage without having to alter any other dimensions. And THIS time, when cutting the board for quartersawn grain, the resulting boards remained straight! Last time I did this, using Maple, the resulting quartersawn boards warped more than usual.
On this project, I purposely chose to make ALL dados and tenons using only the tablesaw. While I had earlier built a horizontal mortising machine, I just wanted the experience on the tablesaw. This turned out to be a mixed blessing in that the tablesaw dados were faster to cut, though not quite as accurate even when using my Super Sled. I am sure some of that inaccuracy came from my inexperience and my NOT clamping the piece onto the sled each and every time. In the above last image in the set you can see where I had to shim the dado for the floor of the chest on the underside. I had made the mistake in measurement and had cut my floor piece dado one blade width too wide. The rest are just fillers for the legs. The shim fix came off really well, but lesson learned for sure. As a matter of fact, after completing this chest, I built a nice hardwood adjustable Dado Jig to take the guess work out of my dados in the future.
-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."