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Offline neilc

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Walnut and Steel Sideboard
« on: December 15, 2020, 11:00 PM »
I had made a live edge dining table a couple of months back and needed a sideboard to compliment it.

Walnut was sourced rough sawn and planed to 3/4” thickness.

I started by cutting, welding, grinding, and painting the base.  I used 1” square tubing. 

Overall dimensions of the sideboard is 6’ long, 18” deep, 33” high.  The leg assembly is about 19” tall and the wooden cabinet is about 14” tall.  Cabinet is attached to the base with screws from the bottom through oversized holes to accommodate wood movement.

Drawers are dovetailed maple interiors with adjustable stops on the back that I added before installing the back to the cabinet.

I was lucky  to find a piece of walnut for the door fronts that had what looks like a book matched pattern but in fact was a single board that had what looks like mirrored faces for the doors.  Cabinet has 5/8” adjustable shelves on either side.

Knotholes in the bottom piece were filled with epoxy and transtint dye.  They are only visible when the cabinet is opened.

I was able to cut around the rest of the knot holes in the #2 common walnut pieces I had purchased. 

The leaf hinges were mortised before assembly in the cabinet sides and door fronts with a bearing guided mortise bit and a guide I had made to match the hinge size. This made attaching and aligning hinges so much easier.

Festools used included tracksaw and assorted rails, Domino 500, CT26, OF700 for mortising for the back and edge routing a chamfer on the top, a 1010 router and LR32 for the adjustable shelves and a 1010 with bearing guided bit for the hinges.  Sanding used several FT sanders.  I sanded to 220 grit and finished with three coats of General Finishes Satin Wipe-on Poly followed by a coat of paste wax.

Overall a fun project that blends metal and wood.

« Last Edit: December 15, 2020, 11:05 PM by neilc »

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Offline deepcreek

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Re: Walnut and Steel Sideboard
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2020, 11:10 PM »
Very nice job!
Joe Adams
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Houston, Texas

Offline Holzhacker

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Re: Walnut and Steel Sideboard
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2020, 11:17 PM »
Love it when beautiful elegant things are so simple. Really like the contrast on the doors. Always been a walnut fan.
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Offline mike_aa

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Re: Walnut and Steel Sideboard
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2020, 11:20 PM »
Nicely done!  Great that you did the metalwork as well.  Did you also weld up the frame for the table?

Thanks for sharing.

Mike A.

Offline rvieceli

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Re: Walnut and Steel Sideboard
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2020, 06:36 AM »
@neilc Beautiful. Very nice workmanship and love the design. The dining room table is lovely as well.

what did you do about the leg bottoms? weld plugs in or use some sort of premade polymer insert?


Offline Thompmd

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Re: Walnut and Steel Sideboard
« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2020, 08:11 AM »
Love it!! Nice work and I’m definitely a Walnutt!

Have you always used general finishes? I’ve only used Odies but thought I’d try GF and see.
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Offline Bert Vanderveen

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Re: Walnut and Steel Sideboard
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2020, 08:49 AM »
Very nice! Too bad walnut is an expensive wood over here in the Low Countries…
Cheers, Bert Vanderveen

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Offline neilc

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Re: Walnut and Steel Sideboard
« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2020, 10:55 AM »
Thanks all -

@mike_aa - yes I did weld the base.  I have a multi-process MIG/TIG/Stick Miller that does a nice job.  I do mostly MIG with gas.

@rvieceli - I weld caps on the bottoms - 1/8" metal squares that are then ground down with felt pads on them.

@Thompmd - I've used a variety of finishes but for wipe-on, I really like the GF oil based finish.  I've also used their gel stain finishes as well.

Offline Mortiser

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Re: Walnut and Steel Sideboard
« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2020, 10:55 PM »
VERY Nice @neilc , very nice! Thanks for the pictures and the details.

Offline Don T

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Re: Walnut and Steel Sideboard
« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2020, 08:25 AM »
That is beautiful!
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Offline jobsworth

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Re: Walnut and Steel Sideboard
« Reply #10 on: December 17, 2020, 08:50 AM »
Looks very nice well done [big grin]