– Maple, 38” X 52” X 20”
– Design elements: Legs set at 45 degrees to the sides. They feature a gentle curve at the edge. The edge is somewhat rounded at the top, which flows to a facet as it nears the bottom. My wife called them “cow’s feet”, which caused me to work in more of a taper. Trust your spouse to be honest with you! The squareness of the main “box” contrasted too much with the asymmetrical curve of the (cow…) legs, so I added gently curved knees where the legs and cabinet join.
= Sanded to 400 grit
= Staining process: To achieve the requested black colour, I first brushed on an alcohol-based stain and let dry for an hour, followed by brushing on a pigmented wiping stain and wiping it down after a few minutes. The colour was the blackest I’ve ever achieved.
= Top coat was 4 spray coats of waterborne pre-catalyzed lacquer (Target Coatings 7000 high-build lacquer)
= The top was a bit rough after the last coat, so I buffed it down and then laid on a few coats of furniture wax
– Mortise & tenon joinery (42 mortise and tenons)
– Drawers (2), through dovetails, 6mm ply bottoms, full-extension metal drawer slides