Saturday my brother came by and we shimmed and installed the cabinets. Then he helped me slice ‘n’ dice my soft maple boards for the counter top. It helps to have a 2nd hand when dealing with 10’ long 6/4 lumber. I had the lumber yard give me one straight edge and from that I cut width, jointed, and planed the boards. After he left I glued up the counter top as seen here:
I also cut all my drawer sides and set up a 1/4” dado blade on the TS to cut the groves for the joints and the bottom. By then it was past 5 and I quit for the day. Today I assembled drawer boxes using glue and brads. Using clamps and a plastic square in the corners helps speed things along and made for very nice square boxes. I had my wife take a picture of me assembling a box with a stack of finished drawer boxes here:
My brother came by later in the morning (I had finished the boxes before 10) and helped me install the counter top. I sanded out the joints with a belt sander. I’ve used a #5 plane before, but it takes too long and I was in it for the quick fix. After trimming the ends and installing the top I found out that I came up 2” short! I’ll fix it with a breadboard end.
After my brother left I installed the drawer rails and drawers, cut the oak drawer fronts to size, routed ogee details, and sanded to 150 grit. I didn’t install them though because I was tired. I decided that my last thing to do was to install the Jet 1220 lathe.
It was heavier than I thought, but it went on the stand without much problem. I read in reviews that there was too much cosmoline but I didn’t find it that bad. I also didn’t realize that the motor was so quiet! It just barely hums. I threw on a walnut chunk that I’ll turn first when my chisels arrive next week.
I sanded the countertop to 150 grit and it looks and feels great. Does anyone have reasons I ought to finish it? I kind of like the unfinished look and wonder if anyone has experience with leaving a counter top unfinished. If I do finish it I might go with shellac – I’ve used it on several projects and it’s a quick, good looking finish.
Last picture – drawers, counter top, and lathe installed. One long week of work for a much nicer shop – once I get done organizing and cleaning that is.
-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes!