Taliesin Desk in Cherry #6: Coming together

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Blog entry by JimYoung posted 12-12-2015 11:18 PM 1721 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: Second Glue Up and Wedged Tenons Part 6 of Taliesin Desk in Cherry series Part 7: Drawers »

The front apron and drawer fronts we the next thing to tackle. The front apron is pretty straight forward, but it has four walnut accent pieces inset in it. The walnut pieces are faceted to mirror the through tenons. Also there a four slots routed on the back of it to hold the drawer supports.

The drawers were a straight forward as well. I just needed to be careful since I am using one piece so the grain matches from one drawer to the next. It took me two tries on the drawer fronts, because my router bit came loose in the middle of routing for the accent pieces. I added a chamfer to the bottom edge of the drawer to be able to grip them better when opening them.

I cut a small block with a v-groove to match the accent pieces to tap them into place without marring them.

On the drawer side, there are pieces that are tenoned into the legs. These were easy to glue in place.

The next glue up was pretty easy as well. I did not put any glue on the through tenons of the central arches. I glued up the front apron, and used several pipe clamps to pull everything.

Next I taped off the through tenons, applied glue to the top and bottom gaps and drove in the walnut wedges.

I love it when a plan comes together!

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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#1 posted 12-16-2015 05:15 PM

Beautiful work. Looking forward to the next episode.

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#2 posted 12-16-2015 05:17 PM

Jim, this is looking very good.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 12-16-2015 06:34 PM

Thanks guys.

I started working on the top last night. I cut the boards I had on hand down to ~6’ and I’ll take them to the local mill to have them planned and one edge straightened (I can’t handle that long of a board in my shop yet). Unfortunately, my couple of mistakes and one badly warped board left me about a foot short of the total width I needed. I’ll have to pick up a couple more 5/4 boards at the mill. I’m also going to pickup some soft maple for the drawer boxes.

I got my first batch of cherry at a different mill, and it was marked as kiln dried. I’m not sure what the local mill carries if it is air or kiln dried. Should I be concerned about mixing air dried and kiln dried wood from different sources? This is for the top, which will be pretty obvious if the wood doesn’t match. I’m not planning on any stain or dyes, just a clear finish. The first mill is about an hour drive, and if made sense when I was buy 100bdft of wood.


-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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