The 1/4” baltic birch ply that I used as backer did NOT take the stain well, so I’ll either re-do it, or replace it with a pine backer, either T&G or half-lap.
Meanwhile, I’m calling it done enough for pics :-)
There’s a pine beetle that’s laying waste to many of our forests, in the Rockies, creating a huge fire hazard of dead fall.
A few miles from me, I found a lumber yard that deals mostly in this beetle-kill pine. A few months back, I bought some boards.
WOOD Magazine had this piece in a recent issue. It caught my eye. So … from rough stock to this bad boy.
- a 2:1 mix of denatured alcohol and SealCoat - a flood coat of Watco Danish Oil, “Light Walnut” color - Man o’ War satin spar varnish—two coats so far—only on the shelves and the exterior of the side panels. - P600 wet/dry sanded - Couple a' coats of Bison paste wax
The drawer box is dadoes and rabbets. The top is fastened on with Figure 8 fasteners, in a countersunk 1/8” deep x 1-3/4” Forstner bit-created well. The shelves are in with #20 biscuits.
The upper panel is a “hidden” drawer. It’s a good tight fit, and with no handle, so there’s a 1-1/4” hole in the backer board through which you shove the drawer forward. The drawer is bb ply with the pine false front.
The false tenons and wedges … finally … were made from the same pine. The wedges had enough of a distinctive look about them that I thought they stood out, appropriately, from the rest.
The top has a chamfer around its bottom edge. All the angled cuts are done at 3*.
And … for pine … the sucker IS rather heavy !
I think the wood has a lot of character. I think there’s the face of an old man in one of the sides ;-)
My next project (for which I already bought the boards) is a QSWO Wine Tower, for a friend. It’s based ON the basic look of this tower, but … is an original, and will stand just over 3’ high. Looking forward to working with the oak. It’s just beautiful wood.
Thanks for looking :-)