Well, I finally got to the dry fit. It took forever. I know I still have a lot to do before these are finished, but to see it assembled felt great after all the mess ups I’ve had to fix. I still have a couple more minor things to do such as planing down the top aprons a bit, and a few of the tenons aren’t as snug as I’d like, but other than that it went together really well. I could always reglue piece and then redo the tenon, but at this point I kind of just want to move forward. I plan on pinning them too so I’m not sure how crucial it will be after glue up. It looks like I’ll also have to sand out the current cherry darkening, because I can see the sticker lines on the panels :(
Anyways, it took a lot longer than expected to dry fit one of them since I was fixing fitting issues as I was assembling. I’m hoping the second stand dry fit will go faster tomorrow.
Here is the second one in pieces
After that is finished, I can start on the tops. I’ve decided to slice veneers from the curly cherry board I have. I have a few of these boards, but I also want to do a matcing bedframe and dresser eventually, and I don’t have enough to match. So I’m going to veneer them and then frame the top in hard maple. Here is an updated sketchup of final look.
So now the big question, after sanding and scraping, how much of the finish do I do before glue up? I’m still deciding what I want to do, although I did purchase Charles Neil’s Precolor conditioner so I know thats going on first. I am not going to dye the cherry, I want the color to be natural. Any suggestions on a finish? I was probably thinking an oil finish with some sort of top coat.
Thanks for looking.
-- - Eric Noblesville, IN