|Project by mrbentontoyou||posted 08-02-2008 11:42 AM||2654 views||16 times favorited||25 comments|
The inspiration for this thing came from some ancient catalogue I was sifting through while waiting for clothes to dry at the local laundro-plex. It was probably west elm or crate and barrel or something, no cover, well worn. The one in the catalogue was all square and blocky; all the shelves and the back were the same width, and all pieces looked to be 1.5” deep mdf boxes with kd hardware. The vertical supports between the shelves were square, so from a side view it would look like a staircase. The tiered shape seemed cool and I had a boatload of walnut lumber burning a hole in my garage so a couple weeks, a few design changes, a broken foot (table’s, not mine), and a can of watco later, and here she is.
The top and bottom shelf are affixed to the back with irregularly spaced finger/box joints, that is, the spacing is the same for each shelf, but the shelf fingers are smaller than the back fingers. The back is rabbeted slightly to accept them. The middle shelf gets wedged through tenons, same size and layout as the fingers, and sits in a 1/16” dado. From the back it all makes sense- the fingers and tenons all match. The feet are also through tenoned; the wedges in the front feet run from corner to corner of the tenon, the wedges in the back run with the grain. Don’t ask me why. They just do. The vertical spacers are housed in 1/16” grooves in the shelves and back. I rounded and beveled all the edges by hand with planes and sanding. Lots of sanding. The only sharp edges are on the feet.
For all the pieces, I sorted through the wood pile and picked boards with as much sapwood/heartwood transition as possible; I really like the color differentiation in walnut. Between the brown and yellow there are pink and purple and blue shades. Each shelf features live edges, some with bark. For the back, I glued up two pieces sapwood to sapwood to create a yellow racing stripe down the middle. It’s got 4 coats of danish oil, with two more to come, and a coat or two of poly to protect from whatever. Can’t decide between glossy or satin poly, opinions are welcome.
So that’s the story guys, hope you like.