Custom Wood Furniture / handmade in Wichita, Kansas
I am at the point of building the top and the two drawer faces for my TV stand. I have a small piece of walnut that is 6″ * 25″ * 5/8″ thick with a lot of figure on it. I set it aside about 2 yrs ago knowing I would eventually use it for drawer faces. I took this board and cut it into two 1/4″ pieces of wood. this gives me two boards with the same grain. I then cut each board in half giving me four 12″ boards. By placing them grain to grain , I can create a symmetrical pattern, this is referred to as book matching. It adds another focal point to the center of the piece when finished. It is very common to utilize figured wood this way. Musical instruments, guitars, violins etc commonly are built using this technique. My next step will be to trim the pieces to the appropriate size then laminate them on a walnut drawer face plate.
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When I was applying the top trim on the case, I forced the front molding to curve inward(convex) The finished top edge will take on this same curve. The sides will also curve in an Ogee pattern. By placing a straight board on top you can see the convex I created.
Watco oil has a way of evening out the color in the wood without disturbing the beauty. Here is an example without and then with oil, on one of the Bracket feet on the stand.
My next post will show the top and finished drawers applied to the stand. See you then!