Walnut console

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Project by jcsterling posted 04-16-2019 12:49 PM 1239 views 8 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My latest interation on the Olsen console, this time in walnut. I wanted to have a piece that would make a big impact for the upcoming show season. I had this walnut slab in my stash that I originally had planned to used as a coffee table top. I measured it out and determined that I would have just enough to wrap the grain around 3 sides. Having the bark inclusion created a little concern about the miter cut due to some of the stresses that were likely there so I did all the dovetails/butterflies/bowties/Dutchmen prior to cutting the miters. After cutting the miters I used my domino joiner to reinforce the joints (you can also use a biscuit joiner if you don’t have the domino) . I rummaged through my offcut stash and found the perfect piece for the drawer front. The integrated handle for the drawer is done much the same way you cut cove moulding on a tablesaw .

-- John , Central PA , on facebook:!/pages/JC-Sterling-fine-furniture/104430802928776

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#1 posted 04-16-2019 03:05 PM

outstanding ! !

-- 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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#2 posted 04-16-2019 03:12 PM

oh wow that is beautiful,i love how you took a piece of wood that most would never consider making furniture from and created something gorgeous.that should definitely draw attention at your show.nice work john.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#3 posted 04-16-2019 03:26 PM

I like legs design and also how you point out imperfections and turned them into advantages.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 04-16-2019 05:19 PM

It’s a beautiful piece!

-- It’s good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. - Ursula K. LeGuin

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#5 posted 04-16-2019 11:36 PM

The cabinet is incredible. I love how you used the crotch without filling it. I love the dichotomy of human structure and natural randomness.

The base, I don’t really like. It seems too tall. Hard to describe.

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#6 posted 04-17-2019 01:34 AM

Incredible piece!

-- I could quit if I wanted

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#7 posted 04-17-2019 03:41 PM

That looks fantastic, kudos to not filling the inclusion with epoxy, it looks much better in natural form! What was your starting thickness for the drawers before thinning all but the integrated handle? That part I really like!

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#8 posted 04-17-2019 07:20 PM

Nice piece from the modern design period.
From the side it looks like a solid slab.
I like the way you lifted the box above the frame and legs.
You added your own touch to the piece.

-- James E McIntyre

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#9 posted 05-01-2019 11:52 AM

really nice design! and a beautiful piece

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