I really like riftsawn cherry. It’s a quiet wooden with tight, straight
grain, and clean texture that compliments the crisp, fashionable
strains of the furnishings I make. It stands again, permitting the
proportions and geometric patterns created by the drawers and
doorways to shine. There are species and cuts of wooden that may
not work so effectively with my aesthetic. Quartersawn white oak, with
its dominant ray fleck determine, would battle agains
the clear, smooth strains I want. Crimson oak is one other species
that wouldn’t pair effectively with my sense of design, which is why I
discovered myself a bit perplexed earlier this yr. I had an enormous
chunk of crimson oak (6 in. sq. and 36 in. lengthy) and wanted to
make one thing from it (why I wanted to is a narrative I received’t go
into right here).
Initially, I used to be perplexed about what to do. I’d should step
outdoors my regular aesthetic to achieve success. Happily, I
was in a position resaw the chunk to regulate the grain. I used to be in a position to
get six completely quartersawn boards from the timber. (I
wouldn’t use flatsawn crimson oak to make something. To paraphrase
the spouse on a type of StateFarm commercials: It seems
hideous.) That helped, as a result of quartersawn wooden has straight
grain, and the ray fleck in crimson oak is far more subdued that
the ray fleck in white oak. Nonetheless, there may be determine. After which
there’s the issue of (obvious) texture. Crimson oak, with
it’s huge, open pores, is far rougher in look than
cherry. I wanted to regulate my design to suit higher with these
traits of crimson oak.
Right here’s what I did: I stole from
Mike Pekovich, who works with quartersawn white oak. It’s
at all times a good suggestion to steal from Mike, as a result of he’s an amazing
designer. Particularly, I inset the door and drawers, and
used two vertical dividers to interrupt up the decrease door panel. I
additionally used butt hinges as a substitute of knife hinges. The hinges are
mortised right into a hinge strip, a superb and mandatory element
that enables the inset door to swing totally open on butt hinges.
I don’t know if I can clarify why these small modifications make the
cupboard higher suited to oak, however they do. Nonetheless, they don’t
override my very own aesthetic. It seems like a cupboard that I made,
as a substitute of 1 that Mike made. That is due to my sense of
proportion, which is totally different from his, my penchant for having
two rows of drawers with the highest row being dividing inconsistently,
my love for flush dovetail joinery, and my stripped down take
on kumiko. (Mike is extra of traditionalist on the subject of
kumiko.) After all, the truth that I used this fashion of pull,
which I developed whereas engaged on my 52 packing containers in 52 weeks
mission, doesn’t damage to mark the cupboard as mine. Ultimately,
I feel I ended up with a cupboard that’s clearly mine, however
tailor-made for the wooden species used. And that’s the entire level
of this: The traits of the wooden you’re utilizing (minimize,
tightness of the grain, measurement of the pores, coloration, and so on.) are
necessary particulars that you will need to take into account when designing.
If you happen to’d wish to learn extra about what I used to be pondering through the
design stage, have a look here.
Additionally, I don’t suppose it’s a foul factor to steal from one other
furnishings maker. It’s a lot worse to borrow.
Here’s my reasoning for this.