The following gallery is again compliments of the cutting room floor- I encourage you to carefully study the Sketch-up model and bench-plan before beginning this project to better understand how all of the components and joinery relate to one another. Good luck!
Before anything I have to assemble my cut list and dimension the stock. I think I filled 5 garbage bags worth of wood shavings in this piece!
Joinery complete and stored on my ‘shop bents’.
One of the dozen or so dry fits while building the cabinet.
Fine tuning one of the many joints. Do I looked stressed in this shot?
More chiseling and tuning- notice the amount of chisels strewn across the bench in front of me?
Another dry fit- this is how I discover and uncover any problems or changes to make along the way.
Cross cutting the cherry top to final width. Notice the wax on the saw plate?
Locating the center screw hole for a knife hinge.
Shaping the legs in low light helps me see the contours and curves developing in the cherry.
Fitting the spalted maple drawer fronts. If you’re someone who studies design and understands the system of graduated drawers then you may think I’m completely crazy for the strange drawer sizes in this piece. To be completely honest with you, the drawer sizes were determined by the width of my rough stock- I couldn’t bring myself to rip it down for the sake of ‘traditional design’ rules and theories. Not that I ever follow these ‘rules’ and equations but generally let my work develop as I build and allow grain to dictate whenever possible. The widths and drawer depths? Well they were made to fit my vinyl record collection- imagine that!
I’m happy to say that just recently (Dec. ’09) Christopher over at CombrayFurniture Studio posted an article about a contemporary jewelry making cabinet he’s currently building. He said his design was inspired by this piece! Stop by his website to see how its going-