This week I’m getting into the planning phase of the hand tool cabinet build. I think I’ve finally decided on the materials for the project – some clear wide elm boards and some birch crotch for the panels.
The Hanging Tool Cabinet Project
This week we’re taking a look at the Slab Stitcher inlay system.
I made these tables a couple of years ago because, like you, I enjoy the same attributes of spalted maple. I finished the slabs a little differently than you do in that I soaked them with Watco Natural Danish Oil until the slab wouldn’t take any more. Then I let it dry for a few days and then finished it with Spar Vanish as I knew it may get wet in its future life. I filled the voices with turquoise (that I pulverized) that I got from an Indian reservation in New Mexico. Needless to say there was a lot of sanding in the process. The bases are old Singer sewing machine bases that I get power coated, matte black, locally here in the Memphis area. As I intend to use these as tables I want the base to be clean.
The bed is queen-size and is made of mahogany. There are 26 turned mahogany spindles. The curved sections of the headboard and footboard are made by laminating 7 strips of red oak, which was then dyed using a water based dye. (oak was easier to bend without splintering) The turned bedpost finials have a brass inlay as an accent. The bed rails are connect by typical mortise & tenon joints and bed bolts to allow for future disassembly.
I’ve only been woodworking for about a year, and this coffee table was my first furniture project other than plywood shop cabinets, as well as my first time trying floating mortise and tenons (or any mortise and tenons for that matter). It’s made out of African mahogany and features a floating top and shelf inspired by Marc Spagnuolo’s “exploded coffee table” build, curved legs and is finished with gloss wipe-on poly. And it’s your fault I had to get a buddy to help me drag it down to the beach for a photoshoot, because I love your shots of your furniture out in nature.