|Project by Ken90712||posted 09-23-2013 02:38 PM||1948 views||3 times favorited||26 comments|
As most of you know Blondie and I are BIG Arts & Crafts fans along with Greene and Greene. This project was published by Bob Lang in Popular Woodworking in Nov 2005. The contrasting woods highlight the lines of this Gustav Stickley-designed classic. I have the article and some Google Sketch-up drawling’s I played with using Bob Lang’s tutorial program. If you would like them as always I would be happy to send them to you to your personal email.
I started this project over 200 days ago, hard to believe. Only reason I know is I posted a “blog”: http://lumberjocks.com/Ken90712/blog/37851. Blondie and I have been doing construction on the front of the house and built a” new gate ”: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/89645. so we have had a dozen things going at once. Of course our jobs get in the way some too. :>)
The wood I used is Quarter Sawn Sapele from Austin’s Hardwoods. The veneered panels were Pecan Pecky. The bedroom is mostly oak however I really wanted something nicer & different as I’m tired of Oak. (No offense Oak, LOL). At the risk of making the bed room a kaleidoscope we went with this.
There are 32 offset mortise and tennon’s on this project, 11 double sided veneered panels and a bunch of dadoes. The first two of these were kind of a new technique for me as far as having to be as close to perfect as possible. I used 6/4 lumber as all the Sapele’s finished dimensions are 1 1/4” thick except for the corbels. The legs are glued together with a 45 degree joint. There are 16 corbels added to this as the top receives none. The bottom is aromatic cedar, it really does smell nice.
After all the sanding was done, I sprayed it with 10 coats General Finishes Enduro Varnish Semi-Gloss with my Earlex 5500. I wet sanded it to 2000 and polished it with a buffing pad and 3m’s Finesse-it polishing compound. I have Bob Flexner’s book on finishing and I try to improve each time in this area.
I bought toy box lid supports to help with the weight of the top by recommendation of Rockler. After about 2 hours of seeing that these were not going to fit or work, I went to the internet and found information that these only work on 3/4” inch thick backs. It does not say that anywhere on the package… So off to HD I go for some universal supports.
Blondie loves it, and I have to say I’m pretty proud of this one as well. As woodworker we all know we have the best intentions and high hopes for our work. We all know the little areas were not happy with the results and I have been scolded by the Boss to stop pointing them out. LOL
As always thx for looking and all comments are welcome negative and positive.
-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"