slant top secretary

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Project by rentman posted 04-19-2007 07:03 PM 2545 views 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project I consider to be my graduation into becoming a real cabinet maker. I had two short term goals,one was to make a sam maloof rocking chair and the other was to make this slant top secretary.
This piece was built from walnut and pine for the secondary wood. The joinery consists of traditional mortice and tenon, sliding dovetails hand cut dovetails on the drawers and case work. This was my first attempt at carving. this piece was definetly a joy but very challenging to build.I hope you enjoy .

-- Phil, Chattanooga,TN

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#1 posted 04-19-2007 07:26 PM

Very impressive. How long did this take?

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#2 posted 04-19-2007 07:40 PM

Looks great. Can you talk about the finish?

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#3 posted 04-19-2007 08:02 PM


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#4 posted 04-19-2007 08:32 PM

A real cabinet maker would have used melamine. Yours is a work of art.

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#5 posted 04-19-2007 08:58 PM

Very nice. That is some serious work. How many hours did you invest in the making? What is the finish? I’m curious, what was the hardest part of the project?


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#6 posted 04-19-2007 11:40 PM

I worked on and off for about 1 1/2 years.I would work on it for a week or so and then put it away,all and all I would say I have 200 hours or so in it.the hardest part for sure was the s curve have to carve it theres no bit that I know of to make it.the finish is linseed oil followed by 5 coats of a poly tung linseed oil mix,2 coats of poly paint thinner mix (75% poly 25% thinner)and then wax.

-- Phil, Chattanooga,TN

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#7 posted 04-20-2007 12:13 AM

Astounding job on the finish.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#8 posted 04-20-2007 02:49 AM

I’d say ypu’ve graduated summa cum laude!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 04-20-2007 02:59 AM

BEAUTIFUL…BEAUTIFUL…BEAUTIFUL! That’s quite the creation.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#10 posted 04-20-2007 04:05 AM

Outstanding as always Phil. You are amazing.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#11 posted 04-20-2007 07:15 AM

All the way around this is outstanding art work. Great job Phil.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#12 posted 04-20-2007 08:17 AM

Phil, this is a wonderful example of cabinet making at its best. Doesn’t it make you wonder how craftsmen of old did this kind of work with the absence of any power tools (I would use the more PC term craftspeople, but I think this was solely the purview of the male variety of the species)?

It would be nice to see more of this. Any possibility of inserting more pics in your project blog?

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#13 posted 04-20-2007 01:20 PM

Very nice craftmanship, I’d say you’ve definately graduated, love the top, classical. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#14 posted 04-20-2007 04:25 PM

Phil, that’s a joy to behold. Great craftsmanship. Far superior to all my work to date.
Congratulations on your graduation ;-)


-- Gary, Florida

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#15 posted 04-21-2007 12:24 AM

I have tried now three times to comment on this project, and I keep getting kicked out for some reason. I promised myself that I would only pick one project to look at today, as I am still swamped with deadline trouble. Amazing graduation project, a real heirloom!

your supporter,

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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