Dining Room Suite: Server

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Last Year I finished a Dining Room Set for my wife. We both like the Shaker style so I decided to try and make something worthy. The set is made from Curly Maple, Clear Maple, Birds Eye Maple, Mahogany and Poplar as a secondary wood.

I followed Jeff Jewit’s recipe of using a water soluable anilyne die to help pop the figure in the curl and birdseye.
The finishing schedule was several liberal coats of BLO with a top coat of 2lb cut of Super blonde shellac rubbed out with 0000 steel wool and Briwax.

Here is a side view showing the tapered legs and Curly Maple panel construction

Here is a drawer detail. Drawer sides were made from 1/2” Mahogany. All dovetails are handcut.

The drawer backs are connected to the sides using sliding dovetails.

The drawer bottoms are from 5/8” poplar cut as raised panels

The top is made from two boards with a some light figuring.

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#1 posted 01-13-2013 05:54 PM

Absolutely beautiful. Love the handcut dovetails and the finish.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#2 posted 01-13-2013 06:11 PM

Ditto^^ , also the dye job on the Maple looks perfect from here : ) Hard to accomplish and you did it well .

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#3 posted 01-13-2013 06:26 PM

Great job a beautiful piece.

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#4 posted 01-13-2013 06:55 PM

Very beautiful work.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 01-13-2013 08:15 PM

I agree with the above. Love the wood, the finish and quality of work. You did it well.

-- DonB

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#6 posted 01-14-2013 02:02 AM

Beautiful. Really came out great, and matches the buffet perfectly.

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#7 posted 01-14-2013 04:52 PM

Would you be able to give your technique for cutting the stopped sliding dovetails?

Also, did you finish the drawers – and if so, was it the same formula as the case? I am building a set of dressers with aromatic cedar drawer bottoms. I like to finish my drawer parts, but wonder if the nice smell would be concealed by a film forming finish.

Great job on the sideboard!

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#8 posted 01-14-2013 05:41 PM

pintodeluxe, I would finish the drawers as usual then add the aromatic cedar lining to the drawer bottom with no finish. This is how it is done on blanket chests etc.

As for the stopped dovetail, it starts by cutting a shallow dado, approx 1/8” into the horizontal dividers, upper and lower, the same width as the vertical dividers. A sliding dovetail is the cut the full length of the end grain (top and bottom) of the vertical dividers. The vertical dividers have a length equal to the outside distance between the upper and lower horizontal divider. Next, trim the vertical dividers to a length equal to the distance between the dado cuts made in the first step. Make sure you take equal length from bnoth the top and bottom of the vertical divider. Stop these cuts short approx 1” of the front of the vertical divider so that you are left with a dovetail approx 1” long on the top and bottom of the vertical divider. Now slide the divider into the upper and lower dados until the dovetails stop against the horizontal dividers. Use a marking knife to mark the dovetails on the upper and lower horizontal dividers. Remove the vertical divider and cut the dovetails from the horizontal dividers using the knife marks. Make these cuts to match the depth of your dovetails. Slide the vertical piece into place and you’re done.
It sounds more complicated than it is. I will try to post a pic later so you can visualize it better.

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