After figuring the rough dimensions of each piece I selected the wood
from my collection of ribbon sapele mahogany. The pieces must be
carefully laid out with an eye for the color and grain of each board.
The curved pieces are coopered together then routed out on the inside to fit
an exact diameter. The outside of the curves are handplaned to true
Because the design includes many unsupported right angles the joinery needed
to be especially strong, but I did not want complex exposed joinery to further
complicate the already complex design. I chose full blind dovetails.
The joint will lock the pieces together like a puzzle inside while the outside
remains an undisturbed clean surface. The bronze pieces are welded so
that the shelf can pivot. Finally a drawer is made which pivots on
bronze knife hinges. I have obviously skipped over many steps in the
process, but I hope that this rough outline is useful in explaining the
complex process from the design discussion to the final piece.
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