Blackheart Sassafras and Queensland Walnut Sideboard

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Project by Hurcorh posted 02-07-2017 08:47 PM 2471 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a habit of taking lots of pictures near the start, then not many during and then lots of pictures at the end. Something I’m planning on working on in future projects. So apologies for that. Need to work on the photography a bit too.

This was my first time doing a few things. First time for dovetails, first time for veneering, first time for building large drawers.

Overall i’m pretty happy with how it turned out. It is intended to hold a few hundred vinyl records in the bottom two sets of drawers plus anything else up in the top drawers.

The cabinet was rough sawn Queensland walnut that I jointed (I built a 12” Spiral head jointer i’ll post that at a later date if there is any interest) and thicknessed, domino’d and glued up. After I cut the panels to size I dovetailed the cabinet. As a divider down the center I veneered some Queensland Walnut onto a piece of good quality ply. This acts as a central support but also gives somewhere for the drawer runners to attach.

The Drawers are just pine that I painted black and the drawer fronts are 18mm MDF with Blackheart Sassafras veneered onto the front/back. Mostly due to costing I didn’t go too fancy with drawers as 6 large drawers uses a fair chunk of timber plus heavy duty drawer runnners are expensive where I live.

These veneers were in sequence and that made bookmatching easier. This sassafras veneer didn’t joint very easily as it was slightly splintery on the edges so that is something i’d look at improving next time.

This forum doesn’t make it easy to upload more than one photo at once so i’ll stop here for now.

-- Part time woodworker, hoping to make it full time

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#1 posted 02-07-2017 10:21 PM

Absolutely beautiful, well done

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#2 posted 02-07-2017 11:54 PM

That is stunning

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#3 posted 02-08-2017 12:49 AM

Very nice work, beautiful wood.

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#4 posted 02-08-2017 12:55 AM

I used to do more with Veneer. Several projects in here have used veneer. But this project is just the coolest. I have done a lot with Sassafras. But I have never seen any look like this type of beautiful wood. I really like the elegant black pulls that accent the whole in their simplicity. And then to top it off it is dove tailed to boot. Ya, I like this.

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#5 posted 02-08-2017 02:17 AM

Nice work, very beautiful!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#6 posted 02-08-2017 01:06 PM

Thanks all for the nice comments. Criticism also welcome

-- Part time woodworker, hoping to make it full time

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#7 posted 02-08-2017 06:22 PM

I love the wood and this just turned out so beautifully.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 02-09-2017 01:22 AM

nailed it!
great work

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#9 posted 02-12-2017 11:24 PM

That is stunning, well done

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