|Project by ZED||posted 10-29-2012 06:30 AM||2342 views||5 times favorited||11 comments|
So this is the finished product. I apologize for the poor quality of the pictures. The first picture is the finished piece. The second is the before photo. The third and fourth are booth of the mantle. The customers wanted something that was close to a “bungalow” craftsman style look in Fir and a darker contrasting wood. We went with padouk for the plugs. The tops are solid 1.5” fir glued together and hand planed. The 6” x 2”cap to then mantel anchors the trim strips that accent the top of the mantel. This was added after the original mantel was finished and was made to accommodate all of the exiting pieces. The tops of the TV cabinets are again solid 1.5” fir hand planed. The doors were discussed in a previous post but the overall construction this piece is the beauty. The plugs don’t cover screws some are structural and others are purely cosmetic. Some though are caps for screws. The back panels for the bookshelves are all rabbited to add strength and were made with a festool plunge cut saw for accuracy.
I have never made anything like this. Normally, I build the cabinet box out of plywood and edge-band the ends. The customer wanted 1” solid wood caps on the ends of the cabinets and wanted the tops to be Fir as well. Trying to keep cost down I made the tops instead of buying slid pieces. The counter top on the left is 49” long and 25” deep. That’s 4 pieces glued together and planed. The top under the TV is 40” wide and 13” deep. Matching the grain and trying to “flip” the board’s natural cup were all things I had to research and practice prior to doing it. The shelves in the cabinets are a hybrid of plywood and Fir ¾ stock. I usually had to surface the Fir, glue the two together and then very gently hand plane the joint, again new to me. Feedback is welcomed, thanks for looking.
-- A good craftsman is able to make it work with the tools he has, I still need more tools