Technically, it’s just about’ finished.
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
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 :-)