Well, I am finally graduating to furniture. I intend to blog the journey in this series to share what I learn in the transition from small boxes to full size furniture. I’ve done large projects before but furniture is sort of the ‘holy grail’ of woodworking, in my mind. It is what I would really like to do (if I could afford the lumber). By the way, my mom’s birthday is June 21st (we will see how close I get to the the deadline.)
Here is the original Sketchup model from the first blog in this series:
Here is the wood my dad and I settled on at the lumber store. It is birch, which was affordable hardwood for us, but the most beautiful birch I’ve ever seen. It has a curly figure to it.
(Yes, that is my delta contractor’s saw looking dwarfed under that board.)
As you can see, I am pushing my jewelry box making tools to their limits:
To cut that massive slab into the 4 legs I decided to cut it half way through on the table saw and then finish it off on the bandsaw. For this job, I decided it was time for a new blade.
Definitely need outfeed support here:
Cut, flip, cut, flip, cut, flip, cut, etc… very accurate because I only moved the fence once:
It cuts very fast on the bandsaw:
And the remaining “ridge” is cleaned up with a block plane.
I run them through the planer until they were all perfectly 2×2. Tapers will be cut later.
I also cut my apron pieces to length (adding inches for the mortise and tenon joinery) and at the end of the evening I clamped my pieces together and I saw my table come to life:
TOTAL PROJECT TIME SPENT SO FAR: 3 hours
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