|Project by DouginVa||posted 06-18-2013 02:47 AM||1316 views||3 times favorited||6 comments|
Commissioned piece for an old high school/neighborhood friend. Relatively simple build…with a couple lessons learned. First of all, the customer insisted on buying the wood, in this case Lyptus. Excellent, dense, exotic hardwood. But…..as we all know when WE buy wood we want flat stock with no twists. Not something I would expect the customer to look for. Second lesson; the customer had specific dimensions and had the lumber yard cut it very very close to dimension. And after squaring and flattening the boards it all came up a couple inches short overall so since he insisted on it, that’s what he got.
He had hand sketched his concept and left the joinery to me. I suggested the bottom shelf be a couple inches wider for the larger components of the system. The legs were half lapped in to the shelves which provided great support….almost no fasteners needed but I put a pan head screw in each for just to pull the legs tight to the shelf. I added a stubby foot in the front center for good measure.
The “feet” at the bottom of the legs were purchased by the customer from a guy in Canada. They are solid brass and look like a plumb bob with a threaded end that screws in to a threaded insert at the bottom of the leg. Then the pointed end sits in a solid brass cup which rests on the floor. I’m not really in to high fidelity sound but this is supposed to minimize vibation which could distort the sound…...to the well trained ear….which I don’t posses.
Dark stain and hand rubbed satin poly gives it a beautiful finish. I’ve never worked with this wood and it was an excellent choice by the customer. It’s a wood that I’d definately consider using in the future.
-- Just a man with his chisel.........