Quarter sawn white oak, sanded to 320, boiled linseed oil finish. The drawer is air tight and closes in slow motion similar to Richard's drawer -- my favorite part of piece. Gift for mom for Christmas. She lives in New Mexico, hence the turquoise and silver handle. Had a blast making it, plans and video tutorials were spot on.
A really enjoyable build. Not much timber required and lots of interesting shaping and joining. I used Scots Pine a.k.a European redwood with a shellac finish. The drawer pull was one I already had. I think two pulls would have been better for a smoother movement. Sadly we have no use for it and have yet to find it a suitable home!
I made it from ash and european walnut, having failed miserably with my first attempt in pine. That said, it was never less than a pleasure to be working on this project and I have learned an awful lot, particularly about the importance of accuracy in preparing the wood (and I only sliced my finger open once). The feeling of satisfaction is enormous and it is the most complex thing I have built to date.
Spoon rack from a discarded mahogany-ish table top. The wood was heavily "rowed" and a pig to plane. Resorted to an embarrassing amount of sanding, I don't own any moulding planes, so the cove was formed with a rebate, followed by sandpaper round a dowel, and the beads on the drawer front were made with a homemade scratch-stock. Fitted small brass "turn-buckles" to the underside of the drawer opening. In one orientation they act as limiters to the draw movement (both in and out) and in the other they pass through small apertures in the drawer back to allow it to be removed. David A