WoodSkills Issue 02 - Page 17


Use of dowel joinery to attach sides to top and bottom panels

The case construction incorporated dowel joinery as per James Krenov process and style. Dowel joinery allowed top and bottom dimensions slightly larger than the depth and width of the case itself. The wide, deep top and bottom panels could have an edge profile applied and a chamfered edge was decided on. Improvements in the aesthetic of the cabinet could already be seen through the selection of wood. The components of the cabinet were both rift-sawn and quarter sawn. Proper grain matching resulted in harmony of wood graphics. The cabinet had a calm appearance without a clash of grain. If the wood components had been assembled without consideration to grain orientation, the cabinet would look odd and unnatural. The jewelry armoire was a success!

Over the next year, a shooting board was built to trim the end of small boards and components. More hand planes were also acquired, both new and used. Each of the hand planes provided a different functionality. A shoulder plane, a large metal-bodied jointer, and a few single use planes were purchased. With standard angle and low angle block planes, the standard angle block plane doubles as a small single-handed smoother.

I continued at my day job during this period. The struggle of juggling full-time employment with a part-time business was real. In my mind, I focused on the trajectory and destination. This effort would eventually lead to becoming a full-time furniture maker. Hopefully, the long days and weekends would ultimately pay off. The surfaces of furniture pieces were hand planed and scraped instead of sanded. While studying at Rosewood Studio, it was instilled in the students to not use sandpaper. Some sanding was allowed between finish coats when applying a finish, but wood surfaces were to be hand planed and scraped.