|Project by Tennessee||posted 07-08-2013 03:30 PM||2201 views||10 times favorited||11 comments|
Always wanted to build one of these ever since I saw them online. My interpretation is with ambrosia maple and walnut, about 13” high, 9” wide, little over 4” deep. Total of 14 drawers, with 12 visible and two hidden. Handles are made from the leftover cuts, cross cut to allow for both maple and walnut in all handles. This project does use up quite a bit of wood
In looking over pictures of these online, I noticed that the drawer cuts were actually about perpendicular to the inside circle. Made me wonder how those cuts were made until I realized: After shaping the outside, and cutting off the backside, scribe a line around the front perimeter setting the thickness of the outer circle, and simply cut out the center “tree” making one cut at either bottom of the tree and follow your scribe line around to the other side. Remove the “tree”. This allows easy access to all drawer cuts, really easy. You can also now sand the outer band nice and smooth, getting that out of the way with mostly power sanders. Once all the drawers are cut out, sand as much as possible while it is all apart, and then glue back the tree into the circle. Only the bottom two little sections glue up until you finally put the back on, then you can glue up the branches against the backside. I could not make the two bottom joints glue up to my satisfaction, so I also shot some brads into the two where the band meets the bottom of the tree and recessed them, stained to match.
At that point it just becomes an enormous amount of sanding and plain old work as you try to get all the parts clean and ready to stain/finish.
This has natural stain followed by about five coats of a new Krylon lacquer I tried, didn’t like, sanded down and then finished it with Deft lacquer and buffed into semi-gloss with 0000 steel wool and paste wax.
Kind of wish I had not used the white felt, next one I think red or black felt would look a lot better, but not about to go back and do all those drawers over!
-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com