Shop Notes #14: Postponed

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Blog entry by Steve posted 03-23-2018 03:52 PM 761 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My planned weekend show was postponed a week due to heavy rains. (It’s an outdoor event, and apparently ducks have taken up residence on the lawn where my table is supposed to sit.)

The postponement was a bit of a blessing, as it relieves the pressure to get items done on a tight timeline—there’s a impulse to cut corners that I have to resist. Shortly before the cancellation was announced, I had resolved to focus on two cabinets, one sapele, the other walnut—get them done right then come back to the others.

Here’s the walnut cabinet as I was installing the earring holders. The slots are cut in a larger board with a standard kerf blade on the table saw; I then rip thin strips and cut them to length. While doing this, I remembered past requests for watch and bracelet storage—something I’ll incorporate into another cabinet next week.

I’ve toyed with a variety of necklace hanger designs, starting with store-bought oak dowels, roughly cut. I later moved to decorative upholstery nails, which buyers liked. But I struggled with the fact that they were not hand made. Also, they don’t seat deeply and could come loose over time.

In this go-around, I turned pegs for the hangers, starting with material cut from the same stock as the cabinet itself. These were time consuming, but I got faster with experience. I made about 50 hangers, which took about 3 hours.

By the Thursday, I had the first coat of shellac on two cabinets. Parts of the walnut cabinet exhibit quilting in the grain—pretty exciting. I’ll be working more on the finish in the next few days to ensure it’s smooth and lustrous.

-- ~Steve

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#1 posted 03-23-2018 05:28 PM

Those are some nice looking cabinets. You should post one as a project.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 03-23-2018 06:29 PM

Thanks—I’ll do that. Wrapping up the finish on them (hopefully) today.

-- ~Steve

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#3 posted 03-24-2018 03:59 AM

What sort of ducks were they?...LBD types?

-- Regards Rob

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