The life and times of a Fine Woodworking photo prop
There is no doubt that the primary responsibility of my job here at Fine Woodworking is editing, and the majority of my time is taken up by all that it entails (I won’t bore you with the details). However, I do get to do some woodworking as part of my job. Sometimes I write articles and sometimes I end up making props for photos. This cherry cabinet is an example of that. I made it to serve as a prop for an article written by Doug Stowe. Typically, we travel to the author’s shop for the photographs, but for that article I didn’t. Art Editor Kelly Dunton and I did the photos in the FWW shop. After that it sat around my office for quite a while. I really didn’t need it at home. And, more importanly, it could be used again for other articles. For example, the drawers showed up in a Q&A for FWW #222. And I have afeeling that it’s been used by others for even more articles (I just can’t remember what right now.). At any rate, I got tired of seeing it in my office, so I finished it (using Mike Pekovich’s finish, which is very nice), turned some pulls, and now I’m going to hang it in the dining room at home.
PS: When it comes to padding on shellac, don’t follow the photos that were used for that Q&A. Instead, check out what Peter Gedrys does (he’s the man when it comes to finishing).
Three board cabinet. The case parts and door frame came from one board. The door panel from a second and the drawer fronts from a third.
Poplar interior. I wanted the inside to be a bit bright, so I made poplar shelves and used poplar for the back. I wish I had used something like Alaskan yellow cedar instead.
Dovetail spacing. This is how I do mine. It's the inverse of what you usually see: small tails on edges and bigger ones in the middle. I like my way.
Cocobolo pulls. I know the cabinet has a Shaker feel to it, but it's not a Shaker cabinet. So, I went with a contemporary shape for the pulls. They are very comfortable regardless of how you grasp them.
Hey, that's my cabinet. This is a shot from the Stowe article. Kelly Dunton is routing hinge mortises in the cabinet.
I've seen that door before. Here, Kelly is marking the cabinet and door so that he can rout hinge mortises in both.
Familiar drawer. This is the top drawer from the cabinet. I'm putting on some shellac. This was taken while Kelly and I were shootng photos for a Q&A about finishing drawer parts.