A (much needed) Neighborly Diversion

As work continues on the Armoire the thought occasionally crosses my mind that this is a big undertaking!  Having discussed my procedure on the blog about how I intend to go about it and not hearing suggestions regarding other ways to construct this leads me to think my plan is a sound, albeit: complicated one.  One of my neighbors who I have done some work for in the past, asked me for a favor and I was glad to take a break from the Armoire to fulfill it.

Wine Bottle Storage

Wine Bottle Storage

Quite a number of years ago we had re-purposed a media niche in his home by my building a liquor cabinet for the lower part of it.  The upper part of it was mirrored with glass shelving to hold bottles and glasses.  All that was missing was a place for wine.  Oh yes, you may have heard me say that I very rarely stain — this project was one of my few exceptions.  Their kitchen cabinetry is adjacent to this wall and has a pickled, white wash Oak finish so this cabinet had to match.  I also added an end table with the same finish at a later date.  He had purchased a wine rack that had a dark, antiqued wooden top on it and wondered if I could replace the top to match the rest of the woodwork.  In this picture you see the finished project along with the original top.

This project gave me a nice break from the exacting work on the Armoire, started with smooth planing a piece of Home Depot Oak:

Smooth Plane

Smooth Plane

Not sure if I’ll ever have enough practice to really perfect this technique but if what they say is true …… “practice makes perfect” this can’t hurt!  Next I used a very technical drawing technique to radius the corners:

Washer & Pencil Radius

Washer & Pencil Radius

Which gave me a chance to use my new Auriou rasp from Lie-Nielsen which worked very nicely indeed!  Then a gimlet to do the holes:

Gimlet in Use

Gimlet in Use

Now, all that remained was to apply the finish.  I used a couple of coats of rattle-can spar varnish to protect it after the stain dried overnight.  I delivered it this afternoon and it’s exactly what he needed — back to the Armoire!


About woodworksbyjohn

I'm a retired woodshop teacher. I build one of a kind furniture pieces and custom picture frames. You can see some of my currently available work, boxes, carvings through my Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodworksbyJohn?ref=si_shop Contact me about your project -- always up for the challenge of unique work.
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