|Project by silverhalo||posted 06-15-2008 02:43 AM||4576 views||30 times favorited||24 comments|
Well… this is my first “serious” (read: non-pine) piece of furniture, which I designed in StetchUp based off of various pictures and styles from my favorite woodworking disciplines – Southwestern, Arts & Crafts and Japanese architecture.
The piece is primarily Alder with reclaimed Walnut (from old table leaves) for the drawer fronts and Poplar for the drawers casing, all built using all mortise and tenon construction.
The drawers have hand-cut half blind dovetails (I love the contrast between the white poplar and the dark walnut). The hardware was all custom built by me out of brass rod and sheet and the patina was added by heating it with an acetylene torch and polishing with oil and steel wool (hard to capture the true colors in a photograph… it has a gold and copper shine with dark blues and greens…. neatO!!.
The tables body has a hand rubbed finish of boiled Linseed oil, de-waxed Shellac, and lot of coats of Blonde Shellac, while the top is BLO, de-waxed Shellac and several hand rubbed coats of gloss Poly, and all rubbed down with 000 synthetic steel-wool pads.
All in all it is not a bad first try, I like it …. and the lessons learned were worth the effort!
I am currently working on a matching style Morris chair built out of the same materials …. will post that project when it gets finished… one day….
-- Robert Reznik - Albuquerque, NM - www.robertreznik.com