Three drawer hall cerdenza #1: Start to a new project requiring new techniques

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Blog entry by Oldtool posted 02-22-2018 01:23 AM 3252 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have a request for a small credenza to be used as a hall table, but including three drawers. This project requires several techniques new to me that I want to use & hopefully be able to master.

The design selected is “something” similar to this antique found on line at a site named 1st Dibs:

I made a drawing of what I had in mind, which was agreed on, so I started the process:

I started with the sides, making the legs from 8 quarter maple, the panel in the frame, and all other components, out of 15/16” maple.
To flatten the side boards I used my prior posted router sled after glue-up, not exactly traditional woodworking but this maple has proved to be very hard & due to undulating grain has a tendency to chip out with hand planing.

The legs mortised after layout, then cut out to reveal the feet:

Now for some new techniques: contouring the feet with rasp & file, and for consistency using a plywood pattern for checking the progress:

also, because molding under the top is still up in the air, I wanted to keep the top portion of the leg square about 2” down with a lambs tongue transition to the rounded portion:

another idea I’m toying with is a bead on the rounded portion of the front legs, started trying it on a practice leg, still a little concerned about proceeding with this:

AT this point, the leg detail is still being considered, but this is where I stand on a dry assembly, awaiting for confirmation of dye color to be used:

I need to dye the two side panels prior assembly, to accommodate potential wood movement later, and make up my mind about the leg detail, the results of which will be in the next blog in this series, along with all the full length rails.

Thanks for viewing.

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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 02-22-2018 03:45 AM

Looking good, Tom! I’ll be following along.

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#2 posted 02-22-2018 04:06 AM

As will I. Like you, I’ve found the router sled to be a lifesaver when dealing with highly figured wood.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#3 posted 02-22-2018 05:21 AM

Looking good my friend.
That Lamb’s tongue sets it off nicely.
The router sled is a smart idea too.

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#4 posted 02-22-2018 10:32 AM

Great start for a cool project. Looking very good.

-- Daniel Solowiej, Argentina,

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#5 posted 02-22-2018 11:26 AM

looks good, really going to keep you busy working AND thinking

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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