well folks.. seems like every project has a story *S* Part of this one is that earlier today I meet up with a friend who is just getting started in woodworking. And to be honest, has been just a tad bit annoying with just over 237,233.290 questions to date. But he's a good guy, and well intentioned so we all do what we can do. Today he mentioned to me about a guy about 20 minutes away who has a veneer shop. Well, my ears perked up. Since I decided to do the side panels in a veneer to eliminate any chance of expansion issues this was just the right guy at just the right time. I took a ride out after work, stopped in at his shop and was just blown away. I don't know which surprised me more, the fact I didnt' know about this fella, or the inventory he had on hand!!! (I won't even get into the 50+ year old "billets" of 16x20x60 CUBAN mahogany, drool, drool, droollllllll) anywaysssss.......
He showed me around his shop, his stock area, his whole place, IT WAS A BLAST!!! I ended up buying 4 real nice 10 foot x 12" wide, thick cut pieces of cherry veneer (1/8"). We got to talking and long story short (yeah, right) he told me, cut the birch ply, size out the veneer and bring it into him and he'll take and vacuum press it for me, for nothing. Vacuum pressing flat panels is the absolute best way to go with veneers. so, needless to say, I'm pretty excited *S
so for those interested, the plan is to do both side panels with veneered cherry, to go along with the frame. I have yet to pick out the top wood. I want the drawers and the top to be the focal points of the piece. Hence, sticking with the cherry frame and side panels. The drawer sides are 1/2" maple and the bottoms will be birch ply. The claro graftline walnut really pops. You should see it when its wiped down with just water. As for the finish.. I'm quite honestly, undecided. or to be more honest, just dont' know what to use. Whatever it will be, it will have to be applied by hand. I've picked out a nice antique cherry oil stain for the cherry to darken it up just a bit. I don't want to hide the walnut, so it will most likely just be a clear coat of something, possibly poly, maybe tung oil. I will look into shellacs as well.
some days are just better than others..*S*