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  1. #16
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    I am moving along with the wedding gift/entry hall table. I has always been in my mind that it will end up looking like it came from Ikea (except Ikea do not sell anything in Fiddleback Jarrah). The simplicity of the design hides some of the most complex joinery one can use in furniture building: mitred through dovetails, bevels that meet at the corners, drawer fronts that are tight to the bevels, internal stopped dados, turned tapered legs morticed at compound angles (staked) without deviations from one another, and then sliding tapered and stopped dovetailed bases. Lipped dovetailed drawers to come. No doubt a CNC machine could do this in 10 minutes!

    No one else may know, but we do! A few photos ...



    Drawer fronts (three drawers) ...




    Starting on the dovetailed, lipped drawers . Something like this ...



    Regards from Perth

    Derek

  2. #17
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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek Cohen View Post


    Jim, did you say that you built the top drawers?

    Regards from Perth

    Derek
    No. What looks like top two drawers is a false front. This is a cedar chest that's accessed by unlocking and raising the lid. Only the bottom most position is a real drawer. (oak back and sides) The carcase is actually made from aromatic cedar with veneer on the outside...I'll guess that the veneer was "walnut or mahogany like" but it's hard to tell and even harder now that I've painted it. The corner joinery is a locking miter type setup. Here are some "before" photos...it normally looked darker in person than in these photos because it was rarely in sunlight over the decades. All the screws were slot head but of really good quality and the hardware is very well made. It was totally work freshening up. This thing was manufactured in the early 1950s.

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    And it really fits in well in our MBR

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    Last edited by Jim Becker; 02-25-2020 at 11:08 AM.
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  3. #18
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    Derek, that table is incredible!!
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  4. #19
    Thanks guys I've spent the last almost two years since we moved with my tools packed away in a shed, without room to put them. The last shop was a bit under 18x15', this is closer to 40x40'. Even having to share with cars (pack rats really do suck), I'm excited. I need to get electrical, as I'm stuck without being able to turn on any of my major tools (no 220v at all), along with a host of other things before I can start to work on the growing list of items needed. So for now, construction is my hobby.

    Derek, Ikea indeed! The table is gorgeous as always. I'm looking forward to seeing the finish on this particular piece.
    ~mike

    scope creep

  5. #20
    Derek,
    Love the lines on your hall table. Well done!

    Jim,
    Kudos to you for such a nice refurb of that chest. Everyone on this forum undoubtedly knows it already, but there is something special in making a piece of family history a part of your daily life. I've got a pair of my grandfather's post-war Diston saws out for repair and sharpening. They'd been sitting unused in my dad's shop for at least 30 years. Can't wait to make some sawdust with them.

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    Thanks, Pete. There indeed is a wonderful thing about keeping "something" in the family long term and I'm glad that Mom earmarked it for me. (My brother got the giant family portrait from back when I was about, oh...ten or so. Mice shouldn't be a problem once he hangs that in his home. LOL)
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  7. #22
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    New Fritz & Franz jig for me this weekend. My old one was really beat up.

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