Lee Valley Tools Woodworking Newsletter
Vol. 2, Issue 4
March 2008
Customer Letter

Dear Lee Valley,

Here is a stilted cabinet that I am particularly proud of. The design is 100% my own. I actually spent the better part of six months refining the design on paper and collecting the perfect materials. I even made a full-size leg out of pine to make sure I was happy with the shape.

Ok, a little about the cabinet. It is made from quarter-sawn white oak (QSWO) with hand-cut dovetails. Chopping dovetails in QSWO was a challenge. I spent the better part of four evenings making them and the result was well worth it. The fit was perfect. The finish is light walnut Watco Danish oil and three coats of wax.

The legs are lacewood with ebony plugs, finished with three coats of blond shellac and three coats of wax. They taper from top to bottom and from inside to outside. The spacers between the legs and cabinet are turned brass. I polished them to 600G using wet paper and coated them with a clear lacquer. The legs are held in place with 5/16 bolts that thread into T-nuts.

The doors are QSWO with spalted, curly maple panels. The QSWO is finished with Watco® oil and wax; the spalted maple is finished with water-based poly and wax. The hinges are Brusso knife hinges, and the hardware is "Twin Bow" from Lee Valley.

Three drawers have spalted maple fronts with hard maple boxes and half-blind dovetails.

The dimensions are 50" tall, 30" wide and 16" deep. The shelves (which were left out for the photos) are 1/2" glass.

I really took my time with this project and I couldn't be happier with the result.

Pickering, Ontario

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