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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Episode #55 - Cherry Pedestal - Moldings

Cherry Pedestal Photo UPDATE - Moldings

As I have alluded to recently, I made a decision to forgo video of this project in lieu of making progress toward as rapid a completion as possible. A much as I enjoy pausing to set up the camera for some footage I also realize that it takes a lot of extra time. This photo update shows the application of transition moldings to the base and top.


There is something to learn with every project, and for me this project has offered many. One thing was an opportunity to learn about moldings. I was fascinated with the names of the various molding profiles and how they are the building blocks for classic architecture. It is interesting that the moldings used in furniture are directly related to similar elements used in building construction.


The moldings used in this cherry display pedestal are very simple. A 3/8” x 7/8” cherry bullnose astragal-type profile (a true astragal has upper & lower fillets) begins the transition from the plinth followed by a 3/4” cove.


The transition from the case to the top is a small 1/4” Brazilian (Jatoba) Cherry quarter round. This thin dark line provides a nice subtle visual separation for the displayed bonze artwork on the top.


I made a simple table saw miter jig to cut the moldings resulting in nicely fitting miters.


The moldings were glued and secured with a few headless 23ga pins. The only cross grain situation was at the quarter round and width of the top. I was careful to isolate the quarter round molding from the top by not pinning to the top and with a thin film of wax along just the top edge of the molding to prevent glue adhesion.


The last detail for this update are the “shelf stays” (for lack of any other term) which help keep the shelf firmly secure at the front of the case when the doors are opened. I just did not like the idea of the shelf being loose so this was my solution.


It was a great day in the shop which ended with the door panels in the veneer press. Next on the schedule are hanging the frame & panel doors, detail sanding & scraping, finish and hardware installation.


Almost done . . . !


Some Interesting Molding References

Moldings: The Atomic Units of Classical Architecture

What the Heck is an Astragal?


Decorative Moldings on Wikipedia

Friday, April 11, 2008

Episode #54 - A Great Woodworking Podcast

A Great Woodworking Podcast

Podcasting for the Serious Woodworker

This is a blatant plug for an awesome woodworking podcast. I pretty much follow two podcasts on a regular basis: Neil Lamens at Furnitology and Thomas MacDonald at The Rough Cut Show.

If you are like me, hungry for another great woodworking podcast, you have to check out Thomas J. MacDonald aka T-Mac aka T-Chisel aka T-Chizzz on The Rough Cut Show. The show covers the construction of a beautiful Bombe Secretary in an entertaining and truly unabashed T-Mac style. He is an absolute blast to watch and there are some great learning points in every episode.


More importantly, The Rough Cut Show “Ask The Masters” forum has started a groundbreaking project. Approximately ten forum members are participating in a unique internet woodworking classroom collectively building a Crazy Leg Federal Table. The sole purpose of the project is to explore Federal style legs and embellishments such as stringing, banding, fans and inlayed bellflowers. So check it out and perhaps join the forum group and build your own Crazy Leg Federal Table!

A sneak peek at the Rough Cut Forum
Crazy Leg Federal Table



Tommy's Official Website: Thomas J. MacDonald Fine Furniture

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Episode #53 - Cherry Pedestal Photo Update

No video for this episode! However, I must say I have a lot of respect for all the woodworking video/audio bloggers. It is an incredible amount of work to shoot video while you are working, all the while making sure you get enough usable footage to tell the story of a project or process. I recently had a technical problem with my microphone and subsequently lost all the veneering video for this project. Honestly, I was just letting the camera run while I was working with plans to edit later on the computer. I was not checking the camera placement or audio quality because my prime goal and focus is to finish this project for a very patient customer. However, I have tried periodically to sneak in a little video when possible, mainly because I enjoy the combination of photography and woodworking, my two passions besides my family, the great outdoors and fly-fishing!

My reason for combining videography and photography with my woodworking is to document my progress and shop experiences for personal edification. I am one of many garage / basement based woodworkers who enjoy making sawdust and aspire to push their understanding of the craft. Just for clarification, I possess no great level of woodworking expertise nor am I trying to present my self as an expert. I just find it interesting to share what happens in my shop because it helps me grow as a woodworker. The internet is my woodworking classroom and this blog is my notebook. Both add to what I learn reading and practicing with my hands.

Finished (oil & wax) cherry "T" with age patina (approx. 1-year)
for comparison. I like to keep this near by to remind
myself of cherry's wonderful age patina.


As you can see, I have been plugging away on the cherry pedestal. The carcase is complete and attached to the apron / leg assembly. The middle shelf has been edge banded and the shelf pin holes are drilled. The top is glued up and awaiting final dimensioning and edge detailing. Next up is installation of the the shop-made cherry moldings, drawer and doors followed by final sanding and finishing.

Mock-up of the shop-made cherry bull nose & cove moldings

Shop-made leg levelers

I do have a commercial shelf pin jig, but had to construct a shop-made jig because of size and access issues. I like to reference off the bottom shelf for alignment. The shelf pins are black 5mm pins with matching inserts.

Layout for shop-made shelf pin jig

3/8" Forstner bit makes a perfect hole for a self-centering bit

Completed jig ready to use

Jig held in place with spring sticks & artist tape

Drilling shelf pin holes

5mm Black Shelf Pins & Inserts

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