Recently my wife and i started doing some remodeling on our house and I found some old boards and thought that it would be cool to make something out of them. The wood is basically just several pieces of pine and some douglas fir 2×4s. Nothing really spectacular at all but hey free wood is free wood and this stuff is likely original to the house which was built in the 1930s so there is some history to it.
Anyways ive been racking my brain on what to do with the stuff with several ideas coming and going I decided I should probably get a better idea of what I had to work with. After looking at the boards I realized a lot of it was pretty much not usable for anything but scraps. Originally I had the idea of a Shaker blanket chest but there just wasnt enough wood to build one so I had to scale it down quite a bit. What I came up with is a modified Shaker side table.
I scoured the interweb looking for ideas on how I wanted to build mine and used some pieces from several that I found including Norm Abrams version which used breadboard ends on the top. I also decided to make the front apron a one piece part with the drawer cut from it so the wood grain would match. On a typical shaker side table the drawer goes all the way across from leg to leg. Last modification on mine will be the use of sliding dovetails for all the leg and drawer joinery. Here is a picture of what I have come up with in sketch up
yeah i know, exciting right?
more to come….