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Project by dub560 posted 06-11-2010 01:51 PM 2416 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this piece was done for my grandmother because i always wanted to do something for her but never had the skills to complete such a project. so i experiment with red oak (not cheap by the way) and this is what i came up with in this instance. drawers were dovetailed (i was sick of dovetailing after this project) with the leigh jig to give it that hand crafted look—not sure if i achieved that but i gave it a shot nonetheless. thanks for looking

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#1 posted 06-11-2010 02:24 PM

Looks very good so far.

What are you going to use for the hardware and how are you going to finish it?

Keep us posted on the progress with this one.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#2 posted 06-11-2010 02:27 PM

Nice sideboard.

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#3 posted 06-11-2010 02:56 PM

thanks…but so far i have no idea what hardware to use

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#4 posted 06-11-2010 04:49 PM

Great job, your grandmother is going to be blown away. What finish are you planning on using? I would look for something in an antique brass round pulls to keep with the style you have made. Keep us posted and keep up the good work!

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#5 posted 06-11-2010 05:07 PM

Great job I know she will love it.

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#6 posted 06-11-2010 05:38 PM

Or maybe antique bronze/copper would be more my vote, but I tend to stay away from antique brass as I have a personal aversion to it, but that’s just me. In my opinion, most anything brassy tends to look dated, but not in a good way. Again, it’s all a matter of personal preference. (Go ahead and flame away at me for that one, but again, it’s just my opinion.)

I suppose it depends on what she has in the room that this will be going in? If the hardware is nice on any other pieces, maybe something complimentary or similar. Doesn’t have to be the same, but should at least try to blend in with what’s there. Don’t go brushed nickel if she doesn’t have brushed nickel or some other similar “silver” hardware, unless of course, you’re going to change those while you’re at it.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#7 posted 06-11-2010 06:41 PM

Excellent dovetailing. I really like how the drawers sit slightly back from the face frame.

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#8 posted 06-12-2010 05:12 AM

Don’t doubt your skills or worry about the outcome just keep up the GOOD work. Nice project, can’t wait to see more. Welcome to LJ’s.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#9 posted 08-09-2010 02:08 PM

This looks really nice. I’m trying to get to where I can do hand dovetailing quick enough but if I’m not able to speed it up enough to where it’s practical for me on some projects I might have to look at one of those jigs. I watched one of the workshop videos over at Fine Woodworking’s site where a craftsman who had graduated from one of the better woodworking schools and had stayed on as an instructor had built a small cabinet with a drawer and door. The cabinet incorporated many joints and features that go into well made furniture and the project was used as an introductory course for woodworking at the school. One of the techniques that he demonstrated was to cut the tails on the band saw. He did just a little detail work with a chisel. His drawer fronts looked very nice. The pins were cut with a dovetail saw and then most of the material in between the pins was removed with his drill press and a series of holes with a brad point drill. This method for him seemed to be very efficient. I would like to look into those dovetail jigs maybe at the upcoming woodworking show in Atlanta mainly because I want to do two 20 in. deep blanket chests for my daughters. Dovetails across the width of a drawer is one thing but dovetails across a 20 in. wide board is another unless you are really skilled. A dovetail jig might be a very nice thing to have but I would need one of the 24 in. jigs and they are fairly expensive so I’m not sure what to do. In the mean time I may continue to experiment with all of the other techniques. Another question – what is the best jig to buy? I’ll bet that there is a thread on LJ about this. I’ll take a look.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#10 posted 08-09-2010 07:55 PM

helluvawreck the best jig hands down for me is the leigh jig—for me anyway. at first it looks intimidating but as you get the hang of it you can really make beautiful joints. it also, has the most template options you can run into on the market (isoloc, bears etc) but another jig that i like might be the akeda jig you should look into that for yourself. akeda is like 360 for a 16 inch and the leigh is ranging from 400’s to high 600’s for 24 ich jigs

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