This cypress beauty brings a "Cowboy" flavor to the South.
SHOP OWNER: David Richardson
LOCATION: Lehigh Acres, FL
I've been making a lot of projects lately out of cypress, primarily because of its relatively low cost compared to my favorite wood, white oak. I have been meaning to try my hand at the cowboy sideboard that was a featured New Yankee Workshop project not too long ago and a perfect project to make from cypress. It was modeled after a Molesworth sideboard that was shown in a resort in Wyoming. I really liked the design except I wanted it to look even more rustic than it did. The Molesworth only had exposed logs in the feet. I wanted the entire frame to be logs.
After I started I decided not to do the entire frame with logs, but instead to do the legs running the entire vertical length of the piece.
I ran the logs through the jointer a few times to get a flat spot. This would be used to keep them stable while running through the table saw using a dado blade.
I then made the frames and set them into the dadoes.
For the raised designs on the drawers and the doors, I chose a teepee with a rising full moon on one door and a Kokepelli flute player on the other. The drawers feature pairs of deer, bear, and cougar tracks.
I drew them out first then slowly whittled them out with the router.
A coat of dark mocha stain really makes them jump out. It really looks good, if I do say so myself. Even if its not perfect I just say, “Its a rustic design, it is supposed to be like that”.
. . . David Richardson