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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Episode #50 - Cherry Pedestal

Cherry Display Pedestal – Part IV
A Photo Update

This episode will be a photo update of progress on the Cherry Display Pedestal. Things have been very hectic in our home with completion of reconstruction by our builder, some family visitors and a couple of bouts of the flu for me. In short, my anticipated construction schedule has been somewhat disrupted. The good news is that the project is making wonderful progress. This photo shows the frame and panel carcase. The cherry frames are joined with loose tenon joinery using a Festool Domino. The panels are 1/4" MDF hardboard with an outer cherry veneer and an inner maple veneer. The bottom shelf is 3/4" baltic birch plywood with cherry veneer.

All the frame members have been planed flat and square and the surfaces have been scraped smooth. As I mentioned in a previous episode, the panels are pre-finished to prevent exposure of unfinished wood due to any seasonal movement. The photo above shows an interior corner with a small flat molding pin nailed along the bottom shelf.

The middle shelf is cherry veneered 1/2" baltic birch. After coming out of the press it will be edge banded with 3/16" cherry. The edge banding was cut with my Thin Stock Ripping Jig. The vacuum press is getting quite a workout on this project! This photo shows the middle shelf in the press using breather mesh and some black foam squares to protect the vacuum bag from the corers of the pressing package. The lower platen is a 2 foot square piece of 3/4" scored melamine. The scoring allows the vacuum to be pulled all around the contents of the vacuum bag.

Close Up of Vacuum Bag Fitting

Glue Up of the Top (approx. 18 x 26)

Working Out the Finish Schedule

Middle Shelf & Cherry Edge Banding

Middle Shelf & Cherry Edge Banding

Door & Drawer Stock


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David Pruett said...

Commonly Cheap -

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neil said...

David......I was wondering, when you glued up the top, did you use the domino or wafers to aid alignment or just clamping the outside edges???

What joinery did you use in attaching the bottom to the carcase. Groove/tenon, cleet, domino??? The interior trim is confusing me a bit.

I see all the thought you put into your frame and panel dimensions. And see some parts to your build-up.

Very exciting David!!!!


David Pruett said...

Neil -

I used the Domino for the top glue up. I have a biscuit joiner but the Domino was already set-up and sitting by the bench. I think both work well for this application - primarily for alignment purposes during the glue up since the long grain to long grain glue joint is so strong.

I used pocket screws and a cleet to attach the bottom and top panels. In retrospect groove/tenon or Domino would have been excellent alternatives.

The interior trim along the lower shelf is hard to see in the photo. I had some thin flat stock (approximately 3/16 x 1/2) that seemed to make a nice transition between the vertical sides and the flat bottom. I will try to get a better photo.

Neil, I am interested in, and value, your opinion regarding the pocket screws and trim choice. I am a student of the craft and striving to learn and hone skills. I solicit the input . . . so lay it on me!

As always, I appreciate your time, encouragement and support. You have pushed my limits and I look forward to future pushing!