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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Episode #94 – A Fine Art Print Bin

A Fine Art Print Bin Made From
Wild Oregon Cherry

Pressing the Carpeted Support Panel with a Vacuum Press

I just completed the art print bin being built for The Clearwater Gallery in Sisters, Oregon. This was a commissioned piece to hold shrink-wrapped art prints in the gallery. The owners felt that a wooden print bin would fit the character of the gallery better than a commercial steel bin.

Completed Fine-Art Print Bin

The design was worked out with SketchUp and finalized with a mock-up built with pine and MDF using a Kreg Jig and pocket screw joinery. The only change from the original design was to increase the height of the back support and to add a set of lower supports between the legs.

Original SketchUp Rendering

SketchUp Working Perspective

Pine & MDF Mock-Up

Final SketchUp Rendering

The project was built with Wild Oregon Cherry that I got from a family run hardwood mill. I showcased Hardwood Components, Inc. in Episode #86. For storage and portability, the design features a knock down system using black oxide allen-head cap screws, brass washers and threaded steel inserts. The print bin shelf is veneered with rift sawn cherry and covered with black commercial carpet to provide support and traction for the art prints.

Leg Detail

Leg Leveler Detail

Carpeted Shelf Support

The support legs have an adjustable leveler to help remove any rocking on uneven floors in the gallery. The floors are wonderfully finished original wood with a lot of character, including a couple of bullet holes from a prior conflict when the gallery was a store that catered to early loggers working in the nearby forests.

A Brass Makers-Mark Completes the Project!

Delivery to the gallery is scheduled for tomorrow.


neil said...

Hi David..........very impressed. Your print bin maybe the most thought out, properly structured approach to the Design Process that I've seen presented in a blog within the internet woodworking community. Right on down to the levelers. The fact that you never brought "construction engineering" into the Design process is a rarity in woodworking cyberspace.


David Pruett said...

Neil -

Many thanks for the comments. This was a fun project from the beginning, a few sketches on a scrap piece of paper, to the end . . . a completed project that meets the needs and concept requested by the customer.

Delivery day is today!


Handi said...

David: Just finished watching this video. Nice work so far I would have to say.

I would like to have one of them Vacuum Presses myself, this would help me out LOTS in my Small shop as I don't have the money for Lots of Clamps...

This would help me with some Lamination for Ply and all that other good stuff...

Since Spring has come in, I've got a few Scraps hangin around in my Garage. I may Plan on that Design for the Blade holder, Althou I don't have any holders right now lol.

But at least I will have a holder for when I get the containers..


David Pruett said...

Handi -

Very good hearing from you!

Well, I have Neil Lamens to thank for getting me started with the vacuum press. I love having it in the shop and constantly finds a way to put it to use.

I am surprised you haven't built a blade holder yet! Knowing you, I suspect you are too busy putting those blades to use and not worring too much how to store them!