I am sure some of you remember the DIY audio rack I made from zebrawood and ambrosia/spalted maple.
If you don't pics are below:
Recently, my wife and I finally received our custom made Amish furniture for our bedroom. A very simple, almost mission style in natural finish cherry. I love the way that cherry ages and the platform bed, bookcase headboard, book shelf, nightstand and 7 drawer chest that we purchased are heirloom quality pieces. We spent a LOT on it but we also know it will be the last set of bedroom furniture we need to buy.
That being said, my now 16 yo daughter moved in with us back in August. It caused the loss of my office/2 channel room. So I moved the rack and gear into our bedroom. The more we looked at it, the more we were convinced that I needed to make a matching rack for the bedroom furniture and utilize the zebrawood/ambrosia maple one in the living room with the HT gear as it matched/contrasted better with the dark wood furniture and maple flooring there.
This weekend I picked up the materials to build a similar (slightly improved design) cherry one for the bedroom.
The design differences are mainly in the size of the rack. It is going to be 2 inches deeper, 2 inches wider and 1 inch taller than the current design. I am also using 2.25"x2.25" legs instead of 1.5"x1.5" and the shelves are 6/4 vs 5/4 on the other one.
Overall, the rack will be more solid and will be finished with a simple clear sealer and a semi gloss poly to match the bedroom set.
So far, the progress has been:
1. thickness planed and cut the shelves to width
2. biscuit joined, glued and clamped the shelves (really hard to find cherry boards in 18" widths hehe)
3. once the glue dried, belt sanded/assembly sanded the shelves
4. cut legs from a chunk of 10/4 cherry board
5. thickness planed and assembly sanded the legs
6. made 7 cutting boards from the remaining scrap cherry along with scrap birdseye and tiger maple and walnut heartwood scraps...I always end up making 4 to 8 cutting boards from scrap stock I have laying around...I also made my first end grain butcher block this weekend. Going to reserve judgement on the success or failure until I get it planed and sanded. But it looks good so far.
I haven't taken any pictures yet but will be shooting some maybe tonight when I go to the shop and thickness plane the cutting boards.
I really wish I could make a living doing this stuff. I love computers but working with pre-fabbed parts just feels colder than taking a block of wood, working with your hands and tools and ending up with some functional piece of furniture or decoration.
One of the primary requirements of house when we build will be enough room to build a shop out back. A small out building that is heated/cooled with a workshop and office area for me to do woodworking and to store/fiddle with my motorcycles.
More updates to come...