I apologize for the lack of a finale on the radio table. I got kind of frustrated with it and took it straight to a project post. As some of you know, I was unhappy with the end result of that table. Here is take two though. I’m building another one.
As it turns out, my Mom loves the table. She can’t wait until she can make a trip from Atlanta to pick it up, and visit of course. Before she gave her nod of approval though, my wife had already started hinting that she wanted it if my Mom did not like it. Since I have been trying to think of something nice to build her for Christmas anyway, I decided to start on another table for my wife.
My first worry was where in the world my wife is going to put this. Our house is overcrowded as it is, but my wife is always wanting me to build something else. That is fine with me. I like having things at home that were made with my own two hands. If she keeps wanting my work in the house, I’ll just have to start rebuilding furniture we already have that was not made by me.
Anyway, my wife says she wants this to replace an old nightstand she has on her side of the bed. Now, the only problem I seen with that idea is the fact that she uses the drawer in her nightstand as place to put things she needs often, like her extra reading glasses. So I know that if she does not have a drawer there, she will ultimately be unhappy with it. So I will be adding a drawer to this one. Since she likes the two shelves like the one on my Mom’s, and the height of those shelves, I’ve decided to place the drawer below the bottom shelf. I ran this idea by the boss, and she loves it. So here we go on this journey again. I guess it’s a good thing I learned a few things on the last one.
Here is the skirt for the top. While cutting the fingers on this, I ran into the first issue I’ve ever had with the box joint machine. I was about half way through the first set when it started skipping for some reason. That is hard to explain what I mean if you weren’t there, but I thought I should bring it up just in case anyone is curious. Apparantly, since I’ve used it so much, a lot of sawdust had accumulated in the tracks of the slides on it and causing it to jam up. I hadn’t thought of cleaning that out before now. Anyway, a quick swipe with the shop vac, and everything was working fine again.
The skirt for the bottom shelf is twelve inches wide. These are the widest pieces I’ve ever cut with the box joint machine. So this was interesting. Because of the width, I used two clamps to hold the material in where I usually only use one.
Anytime someone asks about the jewelry cabinet I made my wife, she goes on and on about the finger joints on it and how much she loves them. She calls them zipper joints and I’ve given up telling her otherwise. She said she wants to see plenty of them on her table. I think she’ll get her wish.
I cut out an opening for the drawer before assembly.
While my wife will get her wish on the plenty of finger joints, I did find one problem with finger joints in this wide of panels. I intentionally make finger joints tight because, well, I think they should be tight. However, being as tight as I usually make them, it was a pain in the rear assembling this skirt. If I ever make panels this wide again, I think I’ll make the fingers just a tad looser, maybe add a one thousandths shim to the dado set, or maybe just go with dovetails.
That’s it for now folks. I hope to work on it some tomorrow. My wife has to work twelve hours tomorrow, so we will be having our Thanksgiving dinner on Friday. That means I get the possibility of getting to the shop tomorrow.