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Serena's Barajas Coved Credenza Progress Photos

by Andrew DePalma March 01, 2020

Serena's Barajas Coved Credenza Progress Photos

Our hope in sharing these types of photos is to give you some idea of the work that goes into making your piece and the obsession with quality that we have in each phase of the building process.  As much as we would love to take pictures of everything that goes into your piece of furniture, there is a lot that we don't have time to capture but we sincerely hope you enjoy what we have put together for you here.
A lot of time and attention is taken to take a board that is rough milled (3rd photo down) which is splintered and not straight and turn it into a smooth and square piece of lumber that we can build with.  If we do this in our shop we ensure that they are perfect and can be glued together right after milling before the moisture in the air begins to make the wood warp.  
Cutting lumber with Miter saw
close up of miter saw
Notice how the boards below are only partially smooth.  When we refer to boards that are "rough" milled we are talking about boards that look like these
close up of rough lumber
The Machine Below is a jointer.  It gives the board a flat face and a flat edge to reference for the next two steps of the milling process
jointing lumber on grizzly jointer 1jointing lumber on grizzly jointer 2jointing lumber on grizzly jointer 3jointing lumber on grizzly jointer 4
Here the wood is being trimmed parallel with the edge that was just created on the jointer
Milling lumber on table sawMilling lumber on table saw 2milling maple lumber on table saw 3
This Machine is called a planer.  It creates uses the smooth and flat face created by the jointer as a reference to create a parallel face on the opposite side of the board
planing maple lumberclose up of planing maple lumber
Once you have gone through that are now ready to start using the wood to build.  Below is a stack of maple that was milled up for this project.  We place these spacers in between each piece as it allows air to pass around each piece of wood evenly so that it does not warp before pieces are glued together. 
stack of stickered maple lumber
Here we are in the process of gluing the individual wood pieces together to create a wood panel for the case of the credenza
gluing up maple panel
How we stay organized....
Taking the glued wood panel and cutting it down to size and creating the mitered bevel. 
cutting beveled miterclose up of cut beveled miter
Here we are cutting holes for the joinery which are floating mortise and tenon joints 
domino beveled mitercompleted domino beveled miter
Sanding everything to be smooth and ready to receive finish on the inside of the case. 
sanding maple panel
Spraying the clear coats on the case before we start gluing everything together
spray room set up for finishing maple panelspraying maple panel with hvlpclose up of hvlp
Once the lacquer was completed on the inside...we moved over to assembling the case.  Step one is to glue in all of the floating tenons known in our industry as dominos.  This helps secure the miter joint (the bevel that is cut on a 45 degree angle).
close up of festool domino being glued
Once that was complete.  We then move to glueing up the case.  This is a really rewarding but also stressful process.  You are on a clock with the glue drying and you want to make sure everything is perfectly square which can be difficult with large cabinets like this that are almost 8 feet in length. 
glue up of maple credenza alternate view of glue up of maple credenza
Next up was making the doors.  We sadly were incredibly busy while we were making these and missed the opportunity to photograph how we do this.  They are made on a router table by hand.  They take a lot of careful planning and math and are easily our most labor intense and difficult door.  But seeing the coves all lined up in the end is totally worth it! 
cutting coved credenza doors on the table sawcoved credenza doors in process of completion
Next it was time to test fit the legs. These legs are turned on the lathe.
detail of maple turned credenza legdetail of dado joint on credenza and lathe turned leg
From here, it was time to start spraying the outside of the cabinet and doors.  The doors in particular take a lot of prep.  Everything has to be sanded by power tools involved or it ruins the profile we worked so hard to create.  Each time you spray a coat of white, (and there are about 7 of them) you have to sand again.  
primed cove credenza doorcredenza being prepped for white lacquer
The last steps are to build drawer boxes, start doing final assembly of everything, build the shipping crate, wrap everything up and send it off! 

Andrew DePalma
Andrew DePalma


Andrew is the Owner of Open Door Furniture. He is passionate about building pieces of furniture that people love to see every day and can be enjoyed for generations.

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