Well folks, 160 dowel holes later, I’m ready to call it quits. I don’t mind hard work, but repetition drives me crazy! Here is a snapshot of some of those dowel holes…
Now, notice the markings on the end grain. This is important to me so that I don’t keep having to second guess myself when I am putting things together. I have those pieces marked ‘L’ or ‘R’ for left or right and numbered from top to bottom. I mark all the pieces on the right side so there is no question as to which side is the front or the top.
Here are the dowels on the legs, awaiting their rail counterparts..
Now, one leg only has one dowel in it for a reason. When I line them up, it is really a pain to get them all. If I can do one side for a glue up, then focus on the other side later -then that is okay with me!
After the dowels were in, I decided it was time to clean up some mill marks
look at the speed! (haha)
While I was scraping my brains out, I convinced the lady to start transferring some pattern marks to the rails.
Unfortunately, the ark on the bottom of the rails gave us a lot of problems. I think we got it worked out in the end. I tried to just use a pencil tied to string to get the ark, but it is near impossible to have accuracy since you are bound to pull too hard, tilt the pencil, or have your string slide on your pencil. So for future reference, I will have to make a jig for this kind of patterning.
Once the lines are down and checked 20 times for accuracy, it is time for a lot of this..
You can see some of that numbering take place here in the dry fit. Notice I am not done sanding to the line, we were just getting antsy to get a peek of the final project.
and a lot of this…
Okay, I know I made all those templates for a reason! honestly, by the time I would have set up my router and clamped each piece, I would have sanded right to the line with the drum sander. I followed my sanding up with a little scraping to remove any spots that I might have not gotten smooth. (I am a poor college student so I don’t have a router table yet (or an oscillating spindle sander))
We had to part ways for the night soon, so we dry assembled the pieces just to get a vision for the next step (after cleaning up those lines).
I think it will come together nicely
Look at her go!
Now, when I actually glue this thing up, I will only do one part at a time. Trying to do all this at once seems like craziness! But, all said and done, here is what she looks like so far….
I think it looks better than I thought it would! I can feel some changes in the design coming on though…
This time I threw the rough top on to get an idea of the final product. I planned for an overhang from the rails, but the legs will not have much at all. I was going to notch out the top and the back rails to slip fit into one another, but now I think I am just going to notch the corners out entirely and forget about slip fitting them.
I also got an idea from the arch on the bottom of the rails. When I make the wine glass holders for the top (that span in-between the back legs) I think I will incorporate that arch horizontally on those rails too. That way the glasses won’t be lined up in a perfectly straight row, the ones in the middle will be set back a some and give it an added depth. (I think/ Hope)
Now, to another matter…
I bought some Boiled Linseed Oil and tried it out for the first time ever. I LOVE IT! I think it will really draw out the character of the wood. The previous pictures all kind of look like the same color scheme, but when you add some wetness or oil to it – POW! The character comes out!
Here is a snapshot of the cherry and ambrosia maple unfinished.. BLAH!
And with one or two wipe downs of BLO…
I left an unfinished one piece of maple in there to show you the immediate difference. I can’t wait to see the cherry with the maple after it darkens in age! The maple spalting (I guess you can call that a spalting of sorts) really shows up nicely when it has the oil on it.
And last but certainly not least.. a random project that my girlfriend is working on in-between my needing her help,
Not bad at all so far! I barely even gave her any direction. I think she is starting to catch the wood bug! :)
Well folks, thanks for reading this mess of ramblings of mine. I’d love to hear feedback, both good and bad please! I can’t get any better if you all don’t offer some advice or criticism right? Thanks!
-- Let the favor of the Lord our God be on us; establish the work of our hands- establish the work of our hands! Psalm 90:17