Bet you guys thought I forgot about you and this project.....
I have made a little progress over the last few weeks.
After setting aside the interior for a while, I started on the cockbeading. The original cockbeading was only around a heavy 1/8".
I made these by ripping strips on the tablesaw, knocking off the corners with a handplane, and rounding using a scratch stock. After the initial sanding, I "prewet" the cockbeading and sanded off the raised fibers. This in the past has helped prevent future finishing problems.
After routing the drawerfronts to receive the cockbeading, it was simply mitered and glued on. The drawer sides were glued and nailed, the top and bottom simply glued. I used masking tape as a clamp.
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Of course the drawer fronts needed to be scraped and sanded before the raised bead is installed. They were not super easy to get clean due to the crotch figure.
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Next I moved to the feet. Back around a year ago I mostly carved the left and right feet. I had started on the center foot, but wasn't happy with how bulbous it was. So I took out the rasps and removed it all. Kind of stinks to redo work...but in not too much time it again looked like this:
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I have attached the four feet on the corners. Not too difficult, but it always pays to review your clamping strategy beforehand. Especially with a slant-front, which takes a little planning.
The original had large chunks as the blocking behind the feet. I decided to depart from the original and go with the segmented horizontal blocks. The chunk was vertical and therefore has crossgrain issues, so this method should be better. And I didn't have any large blocks of cypress....
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So, even though it is slow progress, it is still progress. It's looking more and more like a desk.
Please reply if you have any questions, comments, or opinions. Thanks guys. Cal