13 June 2009

Buffet or Dresser?

This is a question that came up recently on my Flickr account (and yes... I am posting this tonight just because of you Tikimama). So as Tikimama was looking thru my photos she saw the doors slide to one side. Therefore she though that I was making a simple buffet, and this is where my story begins.

Ok, so we live in Chile South America, if you haven't seen from some of my other posts. We chose to live here based on a number of things. We ended up picking a small town a few hours south of Santiago. By the way, I mean SMALL! The community is about 10 miles in length by about 6 miles wide. In this sector there is only a population of about 8000. It is mostly vineyards, Kiwi vineyards, apple orchards, cherrie orchards, and... oh yes, did I mention vineyards? The area is fairly poor. Not extremely, but none the less poor.

Just to give an example, I bought a Suzuki Samurai 1998 and now all our neighbors think we are rich. Very few people here have cars, and for this reason, we drive very little. Plus gas is like 3 to 4 dollars a gallon on a regular basis.

It's very calm here, with hardly any crime or violence. The most common crime is that someone's bike, cow, or horse is stolen. I'm not joking about the animals. Everyone works in agriculture. It's E-X-T-R-E-M-E-L-Y rare to find someone that works in another field.

That's a short cap to help explain a little about the buffet/dresser that I'm building. There are very few places available to rent here in this town. The one we found is small. It is about 400 sf, and all kinds of oddly laid out. We have a 10 ft x 20 ft bottom floor where the bathroom and kitchen is and a 10 ft x 20 ft upper lever which is our living and bedroom.

When the buffet/dresser is finished, the Tv will sit on top of it and that is the reason that I am making it like I am. See, I wanted something that looked like a buffet while looking at it, since... I will be doing a lot of looking at it. This being the case, plus the fact that we still don't have a place for our... oohhh... I'm blushing... je je je under ware, I decided to make one the other. I hope you got all that.

The front will have the two sliding doors. One will have a Witco-ish design on it (which I cut today). The other will just be a solid stained door with a handle. The inside of the cabinet will have 6 drawers with a shelve-less compartment in the middle. This compartment will be about half way accessible while the sliding doors are move all the way to one or the other sides. There will be 3 drawers on each side. The draw back to this is that you can only access one side or the other at one time. Oh well I guess... the things we do for looks.

I have changed the legs from the drawing a little bit. The legs will now be 9 inches tall and the overall piece will stand 29 inches. This is in comparison to the 4 inch legs as original and a 24 inch standing hight.

All wood is Eucalyptus plywood with raw edges. I love plywood and the layers that can be seen from the ends.

Really for now, that's all I have. I will post again when it is finished, or at least close to being finished.

Note: I am by no means an experienced wood worker and am always looking for information on the subject. Especially in connection to mid-century modern woodworking. Also, sometime tomorrow my editor and chief will edit this and make all my mistakes go away. Enjoy the raw art NOW before it is erased from humanity for ever.

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MoonDoggie said...

I demand regular updates! I want to see this baby in progress.

I also want to know what's cooking in the background?

JEM 'n Tonic said...

I will try and post updates more regularly. I'm not so good at it though. I make a lot of mistakes too.

My wife is cooking one of the best soups EVER! It is a Finnish Salmon Soup. We had it last night. Uhmmmmm! Tasty!

veronica said...

I really like your posts. They're so transparent, so simple. I love to see pictures of the way my blogger buddies live. This one is very interesting. Hey Jem, is your wife chilena? Or is it your sister that's married to the little red guy, turtle faced?

MoonDoggie said...

Veronica - your comment made me laugh, especially the "little red guy, turtle faced" bit.

MoonDoggie said...

PS Jem - I meant to put a smiley face after my demand. I was specifically referring to updating us about the dresser/buffet as you progressed. I understand it's hard to blog often :)

JEM 'n Tonic said...

No... I know! I didn't take it as a blunt demand. Just a desire. I will try my best to update with new photos and information.

Tikimama said...

Wow. Quite unusually, I am the last to weigh in! I was sick in bed all weekend, and am just now trying to pull myself together.

Love your description of your work-in-progress (or WIP, as the online-savvy like to say). I will try to scan some of my MC woodworking books for you, and see if I can't convince my hubs to give you some online help.

Between Jem's dyslexia, Veronica's English-as-her-second-language and MoonDoggie's Brit-speak and my educated hillbilly, we are quite the language team! Good thing we can make each other laugh! I'm still waiting for an explanation of "little red guy, turtle faced" too!

JEM 'n Tonic said...

Ok... so here we go! This comment will have many parts. Maybe I should just make it a post.

Tikimam, Sorry that you were sick. Not Good!

Thank you for the kind comment on my post. Buy the way, PLEASE NEVER EVER USE "WIP" AGAIN as I used to work in the production and Purchasing departments of a manufacturing plant, and for that reason alone, ran to Chile. JK :)

I will take any help I can get with woodworking and would LOVE TO SEE YOUR BOOKS! The old stuff is sooo Cool!

As far as the whole language team, yeah... we have some pretty mutt english going on between us. It's fun though. Also, If I'm not mistaken, the "little red guy, turtle faced" comment is refuring to my Brother-In-law Eric and my "Rojito" post. See link here: . Correct me if I'm wrong Veronica. Oh, yeah, just take note of the photo on the first follower icon there is. That is he. Hi Rojito!

Grant Wiggins said...

What a great post! Thanks for offering a glimpse into your life in Chile. How completely cool. Good luck on the project. My only advice is to watch out for splinters.


veronica said...

Girls, Rojito means "little red" in spanish. Got it ?

Eric, you didn't answer my question. By the way, am I being too nosy ?


JEM 'n Tonic said...

V, No, you're not being to nosy. I posted a comment answering you, but it looks like it never when thru on the web. Sorry! Sometimes I post really fast and move on without checking to see if it actually went thru.

Nobody that I am related to in any way is Chileno. Rojito, however, is my wife's brother. He is not married at the moment.

Rojito said...

Hello all! I love that I am being called the "little red guy, turtle faced". Its always fun to know what people really think of me. :) good thing it takes a lot to offend me. Awesome design by the way! And everyone else, your sites are awesome too!