I have a few pictures of my latest piece. It's a chest of drawers
built in mid-century Danish modern style. I placed equal emphasis on
organic feel and contemporary construction techniques. Rounded corners
give it a more nouveau feel, a nuance the Danes weren't inclined to
add to these types of pieces. Their chests tended to be boxy. The top
three drawers are 4-1/2" deep and the bottom drawer measures 6-1/2"
deep. I'm very much an American, but I never took to incremental
Yeah, they're finger joints. I use them all the time. If you invest
the time to create a jig, then you might as well use it. That's the
first time I've ever rounded them. I wasn't sure how that would go so
I tried it on a test joint. It looked great but at the same time it
wasn't an entire cabinet. Some are worried about illegal immigration,
but I could have used a mexican or two to help me run that carcass
over the router table....
Like the piece, like wood, like the rounded finger joint corners ... they go
nicely with the style. IIRC, it was Maloof who also started rounding off the
corners of his inset drawers and doors on pieces in the style of yours.
... might be a nice touch to consider if you do another.
I originally saw his "design" for inset doors and drawers in a magazine or
book. I'll look around and see if I still have it, but, after seeing what he
did, I did/tried to do the same thing to these "Stacked Tansu" boxes (before
I even knew what the hell "tansu" was) in my office a couple of years back:
... it ain't Maloof, but it's the idea. :)
Here's the tansu story : http://www.e-woodshop.net/Projects8.htm
IIRC, Maloof stated that he originally did it because it was easier,
quicker, and with a lot less tedious door/drawer fitting, to have inset
doors/drawers look good by rounding over the front edges all around ...
after doing it that one time, I wholeheartedly agree. :)
I think he may have even made a few pieces where he rounded over the stiles
and rails as well, but that seemed a bit much to me.
I wished I could find the reference ... but haven't been able to locate it.
Ah, I gotcha. I actually did something similar on a previous piece
and, yes, you're correct. It is WAY easier to align the doors/drawers.
I refrained this time because when I laid it out I didn't like rounded
drawers with rounded edges.
Nice work. Thanks for sharing.
Nice work. I'm assuming the fronts are walnut? The sides look like
they could be something else, maybe Cocobola?
I need to get back to some flat work, but I'm still playing with
exotics and woodturning at the moment.
I've used a lot of finger (box) joints on things as well (entomology
boxes for one) - just because they look cool and are reasonably
strong. I have noticed that they tend to expand and contract slightly
during seasonal (humidity) changes - meaning that sometimes the pins
can swell slightly proud of the adjacent pins on thick stock.
May your grand kids (or whatever) enjoy your heirloom work.
(And I looked over your blog, BTW. ;-) )
The outside is black walnut and the inside is red oak. I understand
why you'd think the outside was Cocobola but it's poor lighting
playing tricks on you.
My blog has been suffering due to a string of woodworking projects. On
top of that, I have friends who've inquired about pieces. Thus far
I've been putting them off. There's only so many hours in a day....
I recognized the red oak drawer interiors and the walnut fronts, but
wasn't sure about the side panels. I understand about lighting/camera
setups. I try to photograph woodturnings, but without investing some
effort into diffuse lighting and backgrounds (who the hell has time or
room for that...) they turn out like this:
My blog has been suffering from exploding head syndrome. I've gotten
to the point where I just can't watch the lunacy anymore....
As for friends who commission pieces, wish I had that problem - as
long as they are paying cash...
Have you tried shining lights through a white sheet draped over the
work? Ideally you'd have a cutout in the cloth just big enough for the
lens to poke through.
You can also get some neat effects placing the subject on a sheet of
acrylic sitting on a black surface.
Actually, Chris, I've invested no more than 5 minutes of thought and
zero effort into such things. I suppose I really should, considering
how badly the flash alters the appearance of the segments. Used to do
videography work, so it's not rocket science. Just a matter of
setting about completing the task. A cardboard box shell, some nicely
draped fabric, a few mirrors and a diffuse light source would probably
I have a small woodturning display in a friend's gallery, and used a
similar approach to show the turning's underside details.
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