I usually design things out. Sometimes, however I just work on the fly. LOML wanted a bench and a mat for our entry. I had a couple of slabs that I picked up a couple of years ago. Time to get to work.
The first was a slab of urban forested California Pepper. It was ~3" thick and ~6' long with a wane edge on each side. It also had some serious checks in the ends. It did however have a crotch and some nice spalt. First was to stabilize the piece. I had it stored for two years and
Let me start by saying that finishing isn't my favorite activity. Unfortunately, when I have tried to hurry this, I have regretted it. So this was a lesson in patience. My shop is my garage and we still park cars there, so I would finish this up in the room where it will stay. The piece is so massive that I would finish the pieces in stages building up from the base. I have been increasingly happy with oil / varnish mixtures wiped on with many light coats. I particularly like the textures that are
After the completion of the main portion of work, I find it easy to fall into the trap of, "let's start finishing." There were still a number of details and small components left to be part of my concept. One of the design intents was to draw the eye up to the glass display cabinet. Therefore the pulls needed to be a bit more special than the drawer pulls below. I experimented with casting some bronze in Cuttlestone.
I hate it when I find that I made a mistake weeks ago. I had improperly calculated the spacing for the dust guards. Before I could fasten my applied fronts I had to relocate my under mount glides. So once again doing fiddly work laying on my side and working in cramped space. I had also fabricated my drawer pulls weeks ago when waiting for glue-ups to dry. I rectified the glides and fitted the drawers. A day's work but seemingly infinite trips up and down three flights of stairs. While gluing the