25 Jan Matt’s Weekly Shop Update – Jan 24, 2018
The upper case of the highboy has been moved into the house. I added the dovetailed hidden drawers and the transition frame.
Shoe Rack by Scott
I took inspiration of this project largely from the bench designed George Nelson and produced by Herman Miller. It features mid century modern cues and a healthy nod toward his design.
Cherry Side Table by Armando
Shampaign Desk by Andrew
I call it the “Shampaign” desk–shaker and campaign influences. Shaker is the design, and campaign because it can be disassembled and packed flat in about a minute.
100% locally sourced black walnut. All hand tools project.
Took 6 months.
No screws or fasteners used on joinery, just for hardware and securing the top.
Used doweled mortise and tenon on the front and back stretchers, and used tapered, sliding dovetails on the sides.
The middle support and drawer divider is made up of 2 pieces: 1 is inset with a half-lap dovetail in the front and a sliding dovetail in the back. The second piece is similar and “locks” into place with a notch in the front and a tapered, sliding dovetail in the back. The photo I included of this joint shows just how awkwardly complex it was. In the end, I had to sacrifice the beauty of the tail piece just to get it to slide into place, thus resulting a less-than-idea appearance of the joint, but very strong nonetheless. But hey, it’s on the inside!