|Project by iminmyshop||posted 01-11-2014 08:29 PM||3782 views||16 times favorited||22 comments|
I am at the 12 week intensive class at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. This was my 2nd project. It had to be some kind of casework, have at least one dovetailed drawer and at least one frame and panel part. With some additional limitations placed on the size of the piece you were free to design anything you wanted. I had wanted to build a dresser but that was vetoed as being too large so I built a large upright jewelry box for my wife. It was to serve as sort of the mock-up for the top half of a dresser yet to be built. A stand was also built for it in the style of Krenov. The box is of cherry and spalted maple with the door and drawer pulls made of ebony. The latter is a very strange, brittle wood to work with as it felt more like stone. Hit it wrong with a chisel and it breaks apart.
The most difficult challenge was the door. It started out as a single, curved coopered, frame and panel door. My desire for two coopered doors was vetoed as being too complex. So, I made just one door to cover the whole front. But, after mindlessly cutting a pair of hinge mortises on both sides of the carcass as though there were two doors – oops – I decided to cut the door I had in half and turn it into two doors. Figuring out how to complete a panel for the curved middle part was a challenge. Chalk it up to a learning experience but the result came out better than what was initially planned.
The box was finished all over first with a dilute washcoat of shellac. Additional coats of shellac were applied inside. The outside was finished with a combination of Tung oil, Pratt & Lambert gloss varnish and some turpentine and applied as a rubbed on finish. In 4 – 6 weeks a coat of wax will be applied to the entire case. Thin Maple drawer dividers and a floor of velvet will be made for each drawer when I get home.