|Project by superstretch||posted 09-05-2012 02:14 PM||2692 views||2 times favorited||2 comments|
After 7 months of working on this project (the past 5 of which, I’ve touched this thing maybe 5 minutes every other week), I’m finally done! I kept track of this somewhat here: http://lumberjocks.com/superstretch/blog/series/4846
A coworker of mine wanted a custom stand for his knives (the five straight blades can be seen in the fifth picture). I was given the dimensions for the hutch that would hold this display and told that the hutch was cherry—but also that he wanted woods other than cherry. I used spalted maple for the majority of it, walnut for the shelves (for the folding knives) and bocote for the miter splines.
The biggest challenge for me was precision. I’m a big dude with fat fingers and didn’t inherit my grandpa’s finesse. I did what I could to use my mathematical, calculating side to make the machinery do the work. The shelves are held in by very small dadoed slots (about 1.5 kerf-widths). The tricky bit was the placement and creation of stands for the knives themselves. I ended up having to hand-shape the stands for the handles and then epoxied rare earth magnets to hold the blades. Since these are high dollar knives, I couldn’t risk holding the blades in any way that would impact the blade edge or mar the blade.
At one point, I even polled the audience for what angle I should set the middle piece at. My original plan was to follow the angle of the side pieces, but laying the middle down a few degrees made it look much better.
Finish is rattle-can clear shellac. With so many bits and pieces, it was really the only logical way to do it. I wanted to let the wood speak for itself but not overshadow the knives.
-- Dan, Rochester, NY