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Walnut and Bubinga Bed with Underdresser

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Walnut and Bubinga Bed with UnderdresserI haven't posted much in a long the, but this project was inspired by craftsman on this site, so I feel like I should give back. The vision started with some epic 2.5” x 14-16” walnut timbers I landed a few years back. The lot even had some 6×6's. I knew when I brought them home that they would make the bed I slept in the rest of my days.The rolls of waterfall bubinga were bought at Handworks in Amana, IA a few years back. This was my first attempt at veneering. A few bumps, but the result was fine.Cheers, and hit the gym if you want to tackle one of these. Ha!Red



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Yin and Yang of Dim Sims

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Yin and Yang of Dim SimsBoy and Girls,While it is highly rumoured that the delicious Dim Sims

were an Australian invention made up of cats these two cats are not as dim as they sim.A cat lover friend came across this Steve Good design he called (search for) Cuddling Cats and she insisted on a laser cut version. Still reeling from the promise of a cask of vino for my Concentration game, I thought that with our 6th. C19 lockdown recently lifted in Victoria (one week ago), I could now travel and kick her door down if she reneged again.My first attempt was simply a 300mm diameter disc engraved and cut as one piece

(excluding the stand),

which was gratefully accepted, yet that elusive vino remittance is still outstanding that expeditious acceptance.And one for the non cat lovers that have bothered to get this far,
Forever considering miniaturisation, I considered mixed colours rather than just engraving Did a trial cut and found that the two cats were not an exact duplicate of each other. I did some crafty manipulation in CorelDraw to rectify that not that I'm bragging as I'd never lower myself to highlight my humble, supreme, silently private, superhuman achievement,

for anyone that may be interested.
The update of the design should be available in one of my links I'm sure to mention somewhere below.Stained a sheet of 3mm MDF black and cut a number of patterns out of both stained and unstained MDF.
The unstained version had to be assembled

for sanding

and then the sawdust had to be pressure blown away without turning the small pieces into flying projectiles,
It was then a case of assembling the two contrasting pieces,

using an oversized rim and spare base plates to keep everything together,

before applying the glue to the base plate,

and flipping using the same method

before adding weights.The next decision was finishing. Personally, I don't like oiling MDF (tung, BLO or even shellac) as they tend to darken the MDF.
The first option was buffing I was concerned that the black stain would smudge onto the raw MDF. I tried a pair and while it was acceptable,

(the 50 is for size comparison… though it may only be of benefit to the zillions of Australian viewers).
It was not my preference.The next option was to varnish. Fearing a repeat of the stain transfer, I opted for a spray on matt finish,
While that provided some protection for the MDF, I have become accustomed to the shine of buffing and found the matt finish not as appealing at least to my wog tastes. Tried wipe-on-poly,

that for some reason (probably my technique) wasn't inspirational.I then tried some gloss spay-on and not realising it was ultra, it was a bugger to work with, picking up and highlighting every speck of dust in my pristine workshop, after many coats with sanding in between, I was at least content with the result,
The next option was either satin or gloss, however, I ran out of cats and didn't want to open a new can of spray for what will eventually be give aways.Out of curiosity I had a go at a pair/pair made out of solids not sure of the timber I found, however I call it BOOMSB (Board Out Of My Scrap Bin)

I placed a black stained rim around these ones,

which I shellacked just brushed on and not Frenchied,
To complete the small ones, I made some disc stands based on one of SWMBO's plate stands out of 6mm MDF which I stained in a contrast to the outer rim of the small disc,

without the hinges. Light stand for the black rim and vice versa,
Initially I glued the stand halves together to form a 90 stand,

however, in keeping with my giveaway freebie policy, I decided to keep them as two pieces to be secured by 2×2mm dowels (toothpicks)

to maintain their flat pack status,
No video was created, however, files can be downloaded from this link.Steve Good's original PDF can be downloaded from this link after entering Cuddling cats in the search field.Keep safe, jocks... and your jocks, safe!



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