Base player

Some of you who are familiar with me know that I’ve been prone to picking up a bass guitar from time to time. But today I’m sharing a different kind of base with you all…a hand crafted, mild steel cabinet base.

I had the opportunity again to collaborate with the talented designer and craftsman Mark Cwik, this time on a gorgeous dresser. The piece is stunning in quarter sawn American black walnut with circular inlays and alternating perpendicular grain patterns.

The design required a svelte, yet robust base, so I broke out the trusty old TIG welder and got to work on some 14 gauge square tubing. After a few miter cuts, a number of solid, well placed welds, some grinding, sanding, finishing, a couple squirts of some righteous lacquer, and voila, done! Well actually it’s a wee bit more in depth than that, but you get the picture.

Speaking of which, check out the photos below for images of the finished product. And again, should you find yourself in need of original, custom furniture pieces and cabinetry, contact Mark. His craftsmanship is second to none.

It’s always a pleasure holding down the low end on projects like this, and letting the bass notes ring long, loud and clear.

Cheers all

First photo in the sereies courtesy of Mark Cwik Studio

Austin Bader
Copyright 2012

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