|Project by KWDRIVER||posted 08-21-2013 04:31 PM||2173 views||16 times favorited||27 comments|
Really don’t get to post many projects or actually do a lot due to my job requirements but here is the latest one I’ve managed to finish. It actually started a few years ago when strong winds took down a good sized crabapple tree on my property. While cutting it up to remove I realized that the wood was very spalted and had very good figuring, so naturally being a wood hoarder I cut up what was left and let it air dry.
Fast forward a few years and I finally managed to get started on a much needed pair of nightstands for our bedroom. Saw a similar plan in a magazine and modified it to fit my needs. Not having enough crabapple for the entire project I decided to use cherry as a good compliment to the tone of the wood.
The tops are actually 1/8” boards laminated onto ply with cherry edges and the side panels are 1/4” solid crabapple. Drawer fronts are 1/8” crabapple laminated on cherry. Finish is General finishes Arm R seal. Using those techniques I was able to stretch the crabapple enough to make two nightstands. I know some of the purist will not like the fact that I kept some of the sap wood in the tops but I just couldn’t bring myself to waste anymore of the wood trying to cut it out so I did my best with it.
All in all it was a great project that I had a ton of fun putting together using different techniques and tools. As a side note crabapple turned out to be a wonderful wood to work with until you got into the heavily figured stuff which required a bit more planning before planing or working with tools. Hope you all enjoy