The Covidenza

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Project by jamsomito posted 05-30-2021 04:10 PM 953 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This one started before the lockdown. I even got Covid in the middle of it which set me back 6 or 7 weeks. Finally delivered it yesterday and I feel like I left a part of my life behind with it. This credenza and I have been through lots of ups and downs along the way, but in the end it’s a solid piece and I’m glad it can finally start brightening up its rightful home. I made this as a gift for my mother-in-law who was very patient. It’s an all-original design that took some creative techniques to assemble, and I’m happy with how it came together. I wrote up 10 blogs on this if you’d like to read through my struggles or know more about my process.

Blogs are here:

It’s all red oak stained with Varathane Early American and finished with about 4 coats of Arm-R-Seal. Any questions, comments, or critiques, feel free to share! Thanks.

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#1 posted 05-30-2021 04:27 PM

That is one beautiful design. I see hints of mission, contemporary, and mid century design influences in there. You did a fantastic job.

I really like the grain on the top stretcher, drawer fronts, and legs. My only critique would be the grain in the bottom stretcher doesn’t match the rest of those and that’s just me being nit picky.

It’s funny how the project we do regardless of what life throws at us become a part of us. You have a literal “monument” to your perseverance in the form of a beautiful piece of furniture.

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#2 posted 05-30-2021 04:36 PM

Beautiful work

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

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#3 posted 05-30-2021 04:48 PM

I really like the grain on the top stretcher, drawer fronts, and legs. My only critique would be the grain in the bottom stretcher doesn t match the rest of those and that s just me being nit picky.

- sansoo22

Thanks sansoo. Yes, one of many bone-headed moves by yours truly was gluing up that front bottom rail backwards!! I was so mad. The grain on the opposite side was more densely packed and fit better with the rift sawn top apron. I spent a lot of time going through my boards to find the best match for the curve and then I screwed it up. Exactly the same on the bottom side rail. Ah well. A reminder that we’re all human, right?

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#4 posted 05-30-2021 05:05 PM

A reminder that we re all human, right?

- jamsomito

You’re not a real woodworker until you’ve carefully selected your grain, laid out all your pieces, triple checked yourself, and still put it together backwards. If i’m doing 5 face frames I better cut material for 6 cuz one of them is going to be assembled ugly side up.

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#5 posted 05-30-2021 05:44 PM

ahhh assembly backwards,yes been their done did a real nice job on this,great design.mother in law has got to be happy with that.

-- 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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#6 posted 05-30-2021 05:50 PM

Beautiful piece.

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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#7 posted 05-30-2021 05:54 PM

this piece turned out very nice GREAT JOB :<))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#8 posted 05-30-2021 06:36 PM

Best Covidenza I have ever seen! Love the name and the design, Well done!

-- Petey

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#9 posted 05-30-2021 07:23 PM

Nice piece. The title tells a lot. :-) You can always point to this piece, and say yes I survived the Big C.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#10 posted 05-30-2021 07:47 PM

Very nice. Love the proportions, classy.

I too have been becoming more aware of grain patterns, especially in the last year.

-- Dave, Vancouver, WA & Tucson, AZ

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#11 posted 05-30-2021 07:56 PM

Excellent looking piece, The open areas really lighten everything up, great job!

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#12 posted 05-31-2021 02:01 AM

Very nice work. I like the design and you executed it well.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#13 posted 05-31-2021 11:25 AM

Thanks for the kind words everyone!

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#14 posted 05-31-2021 06:04 PM

Really nice work. The dedication to completing the project under the circumstances is great. Turned out well.
Good workmanship.

-- Ron

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#15 posted 06-01-2021 01:36 AM

Great build and fabulous design. This is a big project that came out beautiful.

-- AJ

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