Canal walks are really beautiful. Man and nature seemingly walking hand in hand.
So I sketched this 'easy' whiskey cabinet a week ago. Quick half an hour, forty minutes tops amount of work in Sketchup.
Gives me dimensions and a basic idea of how to build the work. So I set off to work!
The board was too big for the shed, so I set up this 'portable workbench' under the back maple tree.
These sawhorses are an example of wood movement and poor construction. The joints were shoddy, gappy..But glue fixed them up. Some joints were a bit too tight.
Well, as it turns out, unfinished wood and poor joinery left outside in bipolar weather is a bad idea. So there's cracks in the feet, cracks on the vertical members. The stretchers pop out when they're dry, and almost break the members after rain.
Back to the cedar...
The design has mainly stayed true but has changed a little bit. Mainly I decided to go with one shelf and not two, and make it so that the ratio of space in the shelf space is the same as the compartments- I butchered that sentence.
Yes, I'm blogging at midnight after taking my melatonin, how could you tell?
Another design change is instead of one big lid, I'm going to use two that meet on the divider. This will hopefully put less stress on the hinges/wood and also add to the experience of the user, I hope.
Going from basswood to cedar is weird. Basswood is nice, easy, relaxed. Seems like there's no grain to worry about. It's butter. Awesome to work with, and even my shoddy dovetails look ok.
Cedar...It's soft, kinda easy to plane, but MAN do you need proper technique to get a good result. And sharp tools, but a lot of technique. The same chisel used one way will crumble the end grain, used the other will pare it somewhat smoothly.
The knots are everywhere. I didn't cut around any, as I want the grain to wrap around the cabinet and flow as much as possible...this meant one pin in the dovetails was all knots and kinda...shattered.
if there was a woodworkers guild, it would probably mandate I be executed by blood thirsty doves.
Blood Thirsty Doves. Anyone need a band name?
Lots of shavings, though.
While waiting for glue to dry...Looking at some scraps and time to try sketching.
Oh god I haven't improved even though I've filled up three sketchbooks...
And RIT recommended drawing and building up a portfolio for their furniture design program...