Bloodwood Jewellery cabinet



I wanted to show how I use the lathe in other projects and this was a good example except I forgot to start taking pictures at the beginning. At this point I had already cut the frame from 30mm square stock and machined the Domino mortises so it could be dry assembled. Then each piece was mounted between centers on the lathe and turned down following a template to get uniform tapers, leaving the joins square at this stage. Note the connecting sections have not been turned yet.
The Domino is a fantastic tool for projects like this but you could just as easily get the same end result by turning a tenon on each end of the pieces and drilling a suitable hole where it connects. The beauty of the Domino for this is that they also stop the pieces from spinning as you assemble it and keep everything perfectly square.
All sections have now been turned and the excess on the outside of the square sections was removed while they were mounted on the lathe for convenience. 
Glue-up was a breeze with the dominoes keeping everything aligned.
Final shaping was done with a variety of gadgets, particularly my Foredom rotary tool with small sanding drums attached. The tops of the posts were angled simply by sanding them off on a face-plate sander - the Bloodwood responds really well to sanding with no clogging or burning. All that was left to do was pre-drill the cross pieces where the turned spacers would sit to support the cabinet and a lot of hand sanding and finishing with Kunos Oil.

The door and drawer handles were turned from Norfolk Island Hibiscus and shaped the same way as the leg-tops.


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