2 Leg side cabinet

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Project by Bill Huffman posted 06-05-2020 03:48 PM 661 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was super fun, (yes, I say that a lot, but the shop is me as a 5 year old going to the playground).

I designed this after my amazing wife got me a Powermatic dedicated Mortiser for Christmas a couple years ago.

It all started with the legs, I wanted to test the mortiser on joining legs, and the simplest/quickest form I could think of was 3 legs. The cabinet was purely an afterthought.

It wasn’t until after construction was done, and sitting on my bench ready for final finish that I noticed the neat view from an oblique angle, and it looked to be floating on just 2 legs… there’s the full reason for naming it.

Its made from Sapele, (no surprise), Fir, Poplar, (drawer bodies) and Ebony pulls. I found a piece of Ebony in my stash, and it had a very rough saw-marked side, and I thought it was very interesting, so I milled a notch on one side as the finger lip on the bottom, then had to carve all the milled sides to match the original saw marks. I really love these pulls and will use the design in the future.

I like whimsical stuff, and this is a favorite little, and functional cabinet in my office.

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

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#1 posted 06-05-2020 04:02 PM

You are a skill Craftsman, another beautiful piece.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 06-05-2020 04:03 PM

again, another stunning piece of furniture. Yes, at the right angle – it’s floating
really, really like the dovetails

-- 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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#3 posted 06-05-2020 04:59 PM

Really beautiful. Great workmanship!

-- Dave

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#4 posted 06-05-2020 05:04 PM

yeah pretty cool design,nice illusion at the right angle for two leg view.i love those pulls myself,rustic on refined a look i did you do the curved drawer fronts,bent lamination,band sawed? beautiful work again bill.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 06-05-2020 05:15 PM

The leg illusion is great. Fine craftsmanship ion display as well.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#6 posted 06-05-2020 05:23 PM

Nice looking piece of furniture.

I have made a two legged side cabinet before,
the only difference was that it had 2 sides..

Thanks for posting.

-- I only know what I know, nothing less, nothing more -- That doesn't count what I used to know..

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#7 posted 06-05-2020 08:16 PM

Thanks Folks.

Hi Pottz, yes the drawer fronts are cut on the bandsaw. I do want to try kerfed and laminated, but just have not yet.

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

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#8 posted 06-05-2020 09:01 PM

I like whimsical stuff, and this is a favorite little, and functional cabinet in my office.

- Bill Huffman

From a long line of Whimsy dealers, and makers. Dad would call that a “Console” His thought was an object, that held stuff, and allowed an outlet for the Whimsical to escape.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#9 posted 06-06-2020 10:27 AM

Bill I missed that yesterday. Love the design and joints look perfict. Congrats on DT3

-- Petey

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#10 posted 06-06-2020 05:25 PM

That’s a really beautiful piece.

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