Monday, October 03, 2005


As I like to say, having fun at my expense, I learned woodworking in the same school as Van Gogh and Issac Newton. A few photos of my best work...

Here I am dry-fitting into place the upper web frame. The frame itself is glued mortise & tenon joints. The ends at the front rail have tails, as in dovetails, and lock together the left and right front legs, as well as the side rails. The back panels, that red wood with the illusions of movement is a figured mahogany. The legs and top are also mahogany. The two drawer fronts and door panels are a wood from Mexico, (Viva Mexico) called goncalo alves. (Soft 'c', gon, rhymes with phone, salo, long 'o', al-vez) Neither panel is a single board; the right panel is mdse of two, the left from five glued up pieces, about 3/8th's inch thick. They float in grooves cut into the inner perimeter of the door frame. The doors are inset, i.e. the fit inside the opening rather than surface-mounted or covering the openings. Harder to do, of course. (Notice that all your kitchen cabinets are fitted with surface mounts. Unless you bought the house my wife, The Fair Penelope, Prudential real estate, knows about. Beautiful inset doors on kitchcn cabinets built about 1922.) And still built in 2005.

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