So as a new member to LumberJocks I’d thought I’d start out my saying a few words about my current project.
I’ve only been doing this for a couple of years now, have limited room to work in (essentially a corner workbench in our basement) and only have “the basics” as far as tools go, such as a circular saw, jigsaw, orbital sander and a couple of power drills.
My last “big” project was a fairly simple patio table set with chairs & bench, which came out OK but had some mistakes that are pretty visible and can’t be fixed without pretty much trashing it and starting over, so I’m hoping this farm table project I’m working on now will come out a bit nicer as it is planned to be the centerpiece of our dining room.
The plans for the table I’m working on are here: http://ana-white.com/2012/06/plans/fancy-x-farmhouse-table – it’s a simple enough design but I still think it looks great especially with the dark finish (I’m building mine out of pine and then plan to use a dark gel stain on it).
The main challenges I’ve run into so far are mostly around those angled boards on the support pedastals – there are 16 cuts that have to be cut right at 45deg, that cut has to be prefectly straight or else it leaves nasty gaps, and the board lengths after the cuts all have to be perfectly straight or else the pedals won’t come out level. This has been, to say the least, not fun trying to do with a circular saw. Sure, you can able the blade at 45deg, but it’s hard to get a perfectly straight cut with even when holding it against a guide, the angle tends to be off or be warped becasue it’s hard to keep it perfectly level for the entire cut, and it seems to want to keep seizing up near the end of the cut for some reason, sometimes forcing me to finish the cut using a hand saw.
I’ve gotten it to a point where I’ve decided it’s “good enough” and am hoping that a mix of some wood filler and the dark color it will be stained at the end will help mask the places where I messed up.
I now need to cut & attach those cross-member bars that connect the pedastals together, and then assemble the table top. So far I’m liking how this one is coming together, but even a project as seemingly simple as this one has been a learning experience.