Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Lupe's Shaker Cabinet
It amazes me to think about the work that people are producing at my school. I've written about Lupe before; she's been studying at my shop for about three years. Take a look at these pieces of furniture that she's built.
This magnificent Walnut bookcase,
this Cherry rocking chair,
and this Mahogany table. She actually made a limited edition of 12 of these tables, and has sold all but a couple.
So when she said she wanted to make a tall dresser, with a lot of drawers and maybe a couple of doors, I had no doubt she would do a terrific job.
If you Google shaker style dressers, or armoires, you'll find a lot of wonderful examples like these.
To add a little complexity to this project, Lupe chose to make this piece out of Cherry plywood. Building with plywood brings a few challenges to the mix, especially when camouflaging the plywood edges. Making the plywood cabinet didn't take too long, but it took a while to get the face frame attached to the cabinet.
After the face frame was attached, Lupe decided to oil the lower part and hang all the drawers. If you know anything about furniture making - then you know that hanging drawers can be very time-consuming.
Hanging seven drawers can take hours! These are inset drawers, so all of the margins around them have to be perfect. That means that your carcass has to be perfectly square. And let's face it - that's not always the way things turn out. So each drawer has to be fitted with hand plane, and carefully hung.
Next, she had to make doors - and once again - she upped her game
and made raised panel doors.
She's a stickler for great finishing, so she applied six coats of Watco danish oil, and then finished it off with a coat of wax.
I just wish you could feel how smooth this cabinet is!
The work that some of these people are producing is simply amazing, and even though they credit me with helping them along - what I do is about 5% of the work that it takes to build a piece like this.
I couldn't be more proud!