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Project by cathyb posted 09-15-2021 03:19 AM 850 views 2 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my credenza. It was so hard to make that I decided to never sell it. This piece was inspired by a picture in a woodworking book. I absolutely love laminating wood and decided to give it a go. My first adventure was to create the form for my sides, which was 6 3/4” in width, and it had to be perfect. Then I wanted koa, but I had to have koa that had a straight grain to bend well on the form. The credenza is 18 1/4” deep. I needed six laminations, 3 for each side. They had to match perfectly, so I had purchased 8/4 lumber to resaw and have a seamless look. This took some time. (prep work is everything). I used epoxy as my adhesive and tried to not add too much, since I could only remove the 1/4” from each side before edge joining the laminates together. On the inside of the cabinet, I also had to support the bent sides with wood that had been shaved to match the laminate angle, but flat on the cabinet side to support the construction of a tradition cabinet.

This all took time, then came the joinery for the top, which seemed a little overwhelming, but I came up with a plan: I added a traditional dado to the underside of the top, which was wider than the thickness of my sides. I took another piece of wood, the same width and length as the dado in the top, to create an insert. I measured the angle of my bent sides to the top, and used my mortising machine (matching that angle) to create a angled dado in this extra piece of wood. Then I glued this to the top of the side. At that point, I was able to glue my sides to the top quite well. There is always a work around :)

The rest of construction was basic cabinet making.

Best Regards,

Cathy

-- cathyb, Hawaii





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Andre

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#1 posted 09-15-2021 04:54 AM

Absolutely beautiful piece! The carving adds some thing that is really hard to describe.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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Peteybadboy

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#2 posted 09-15-2021 08:41 AM

Cathy,

Wow! Great design, and work. I love Koa and that must have been pricy.

That is a work of art.

Well done!

-- Petey

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recycle1943

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#3 posted 09-15-2021 10:52 AM

Wow. an outstanding beautiful piece of furniture. The chaotic symetry on the front is mezmerizing. Great Job !

-- 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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Brodan

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#4 posted 09-15-2021 11:11 AM

Absolutely beautiful. I understand never selling it.

-- Dan, TN

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NoWhiskeyWoodworking

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#5 posted 09-15-2021 01:04 PM

I’m blown away by this piece!

-- Van "If you're looking for perfection, don't look here."

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horky

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#6 posted 09-15-2021 01:23 PM

Absolutely outstanding. Thanks for sharing.

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splintergroup

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#7 posted 09-15-2021 01:58 PM

A lot of challenges in that piece, which you overcame superbly!

Beautiful!

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#8 posted 09-15-2021 02:31 PM

that is insane cathy.i would never have sold it either.

-- 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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#9 posted 09-15-2021 02:57 PM

Cathy,

That is an amazing build. Absolutely stunning. Daily Top 3 for sure!!

-- Dave, Vancouver, WA & Tucson, AZ

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therealSteveN

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#10 posted 09-15-2021 03:36 PM

Great work Cathy. The detail work is very nice, and adds a lot, but for me the star of this show is how you matched the front so well. I’m not sure if thats an Owl, or a Cat, but it’s awesome. Well done.

That would be a keeper. Congrats on the creation of a heirloom piece.

-- Think safe, be safe

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sras

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#11 posted 09-15-2021 03:58 PM

I was going to call this impressive but I think pottz is right. “Insane” is a better match! So much to appreciate here.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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cathyb

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#12 posted 09-15-2021 05:02 PM

Thanks so much for your kind remarks. It was tough project, but I learned so much. As a self-taught woodworker, every piece is a new classroom experience.

I’m working on a small coffee table now. I bet everyone has these projects where you bought a piece of wood, because it just spoke to you, and keep it laying around forever. I finally decided make it into something. So far, it is unique and I like how it is turning out.

Have a great day!

Cathy

-- cathyb, Hawaii

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#13 posted 09-15-2021 05:38 PM

Wow, that’s beautiful!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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Kerux2

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#14 posted 09-15-2021 07:27 PM

SWEET!

-- Hey I'm Dyslexic! I don't have all day to check and re-check forum post.

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mtnwild

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#15 posted 09-15-2021 09:16 PM

Welcome back Kathy…

When I see you I always think of that horse mailbox you created, so cool…

This is a wonderful piece of furniture art…Really can’t say I’ve seen anything like it…unique…

Great wood!, super build, good patience to do it all correct…super…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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