The final installment of drawings focuses on people; historic and otherwise.
Were were in need of a storage cabinet for my daughter to use in the reading room to store her art supplies and other odds and ends. I designed a small cabinet to fit with our current Arts & Crafts themed study.
Work for me invariably begins in my sketchbook, sometimes making a stop in SketchUp but sometimes for simple one-off projects, straight to the tools. In this case, I am using the dimension from the sketchbook to ensure I am placing the mortises in the correct locations in the side rails.
Once the components are cut, the dry fit takes place to ensure things are correct.
I love traditional joinery and I try to use mortise and tenon and dovetails in all of my pieces. Sometimes I can’t because of cost or material constraints, but these traditional joints ensure a lifetime of use.
The top, doors, and drawers are where the real time lies in these types of projects.
The piece is finished with shellac for the main carcass and drawers with polyurethane for the top to avoid rings and damage from wet glasses.
Overall, a fairly quick cabinet that will serve its purpose for many years to come.
My grandmother used one of these style magazine tables as long as I knew her. She used it every day and sat her coffee and crossword puzzle on it as well as a tiny Christmas tree during the holidays. It was passed down to my father and I inherited it upon my Mom downsizing to move into her apartment. Needless to say, it was a perfect project for me to take on in the hopes of passing on a few of these to my family.
The work began with creating a template for the sides and for the profiles of the magazine racks.
I used a router and template guide to trace the main shapes and refined the pieces with rasps and sandpaper to get a reasonable finish in the tighter curves.
Production runs like there are best done with very precise steps with minimal fussing about. The time you spend properly setting up is multiplied by each piece you are working on, so taking the time to do it right is essential. Very different from my usual one-off production I usually work on.
Glue up and finishing were fairly straightforward for the four tables.
It was a fun project and one I really enjoyed.
The penultimate installment of drawings from my website. These are a catchall category of images mostly involving the icons and landscapes of Montana (except for the barn which was located in the Tetons in Wyoming.
We have needed a new TV stand for our living room, even though we don’t have cable and only use it to watch the occasional movie, it was getting pretty cluttered so we needed a better solution.
I started the same old way, developing an idea in my sketchbook and then transferring it to SketchUp to figure out the lumber required to build it.
I opted for a plywood carcass with solid wood doors, drawers, and top. So the first step was creating the carcass.
This gallery contains 30 photos.
Continuing my uploading of my drawings with the Birds.