|Project by hobobanned||posted 04-01-2013 03:46 PM||1803 views||9 times favorited||10 comments|
This cherry came from my grandfather’s farm, it was cut down sometime in the 70’s, he milled into 1 in and 2 in stock and left it in the hay loft for the past 40 years. He gave me about 100 bf for Christmas and here is the result. My first furniture project I had to teach myself mortise and tenon joinery, aside from the hardware there’s not a single screw holding it together. I came up with a really simple almost Shaker design to highlight the variation in the wood grain between the quarter sawn door frames and the face grain. I wanted the doors and the frame to be flush across the entire front of the cabinet with the exception of the paneling. I splurged a little and got some nice self closing inset hinges so I could hide them and keep the clean lines I was looking for. I found 19th century cast iron sash lifts off some old windows and used them as the handles after scraping off about 100 layers of old paint. I find finishing to be the most frustrating part of wood working. As it tends to, the cherry got a little blotchy in some spots with a coat of oil, and the top is a little streaky from the wipe on poly despite my best efforts to avoid it. Overall I am happy with it as my first attempt at furniture, it feels nice to have a piece of my grandfather’s farm in my living room and I have enough lumber left over to make a matching coffee table.