|Project by Natalie||posted 01-24-2013 03:29 AM||1792 views||0 times favorited||12 comments|
First off, I’m sorry about the poor quality photos. The best representation of the actually color is in the third photo.
I made this writing desk at a class I took from Monroe Robinson at the Marc Adams School in Indiana. The class was a focus on hand tools.
The wood is “California Walnut” (whatever that is). It was air dried, which makes a big difference with walnut. Air dried walnut has more of a reddish tone as the kiln drying seems to give it a grayish cast.
The top is veneer which was cut to 1/8th inch thick on the bandsaw. It was lightly planed in a machine planer but mostly hand planed for the the finish. The piece of wood was machine jointed before it was cut into veneer and then the pieces were jointed with a hand plane to fit together. The veneer was vacuum glued to apple-ply and the edge banding is 1/4 inch thick and cut from the same wood.
The legs were created with a spoke shave. I started with 4) 2 1/2×2 1/2 pieces of Cherry, which I stained with a homemade stain. Recipe: Pieces of rusty metal soaked in vinegar and applied as a stain. I mounted it on my lathe then drew lines on the piece and shaved to the lines. The shaved areas revealed the natural wood creating the look of marquetry. (Sorry, I didn’t get any photos of the process). The grooves down the center were made with a router. I used the same process on the table skirt. The medallion in the center is what I call “overlay”. Lets just say, it needed something and I was not in the mood to attempt marquetry at that point.
As you can see from photos it has a floating top attached with buttons. The final finish was the same recipe which Monroe go from Sam Maloof and is a secret. Actually, he freely gave out his recipe, but if you ask me for it, ill have to tell that its somewhere is a box of papers somewhere in my shop. If i come across it I promise i will post on a blog here.
Thanks for viewing my project.
-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.