|Project by Dan||posted 07-21-2013 01:45 PM||1302 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
This is a long project story made short. This wood is from the 225 yr old Red Oak i harvested 6 years ago as shown in my first posting “wood gathering”. This is my first furniture piece for solid wood construction. It was a about 56 weeks duration to make a “solid wood quarter sawn” all mortise and tendon frame with over 150 doweled joints (no Screws) with Walnut button plugs, with book matched half lapped dovetails door frames, My first attempt at half blind dovetail drawers fronts ! with full dovetail backs with solid cedar bottom panels, why? because i could, lol…This is not a production item : )
The top is book matched with bread board ends that float for seasonal changes and the crest is the cut-off match stood vertical (the first real brass screws are used here) with walnut finials. The top is held in place with dado groove in the top rails and rabbet edge oak clips and screwed to the top to allow for seasonal movement, humidity changes.
All interfaced joints of the rails and stiles and ends and center panels were dado grooved and rabbet edges allowed to move with humidity changes (free floating panels). The center panel is doweled pinned to the front upper and lower stretcher rails and supported with a bottom cross-member dado grooved from front stretcher rails to the back. This is also a load bearing member to support the floating shelves.
The 6 ship-lapped qtr. sawn back panels are removable by lift and pull out for the electronics wire access. Whew!! in all i remember i used 24 screws.
The finish is 3 coats of Minwax Golden Oak stain, 4 coats of rubbed and sanded lightly 1 part each Tung oil Varnish mix, finished to a satin and waxed top coat. a lot of dry time needed.
I am sure Norm Abram or David Marks would beat my time in two TV shows,,, LOL ! Thanks for looking!!
-- Dan Stine, Galion Ohio