As seen in the February 2006 issue of
Canadian Home Workshop
(Please see the issue for a detailed article. I'm just going
to feature a few of my own photos/notes here.
First, a "sketch"
Usually I go straight from paper sketch to working with wood.
On this project, I thought it was worth the price of a 2x4 section of
plywood, plus an evening or two, to first make a prototype. I wanted
to get an idea of the size and proportions. More importantly, though,
I wanted to try out the construction methods which I had been
considering, as well as just to see what I thought of the look of the
So, I banged together a 3D-model out of 3/8" plywood. It just
took me one evening. I did take some shortcuts (using nails instead
of dadoes for some joints). For one thing, this reassured me that
3/8" thick stock was a good choice. It is not too heavy, but gives
me some stock to work with, as well as providing rigidity.
Next, A Dry Fit
There are a lot of interlocking pieces in this, with dadoes everywhere.
So, I thought a dry fit was crucial. And the dry fit confirms my
fears: it is tricky to put together. The glue-up will be
(In front of the organizer is a test scrap with finish applied.)
Finally, the Finished Product
I love the look of that spalted maple.
Sat Nov 15 14:56:54 2008
©2006 Art Mulder