I’ve decided to build a simple nightstand as my first project (or at least my first project since buying a table saw and joining LumberJocks.com). The basic design of the nightstand comes from a fellow LuberJock. Check out the original here.
Last weekend I bought the lumber, $65 of Red Oak from the local lumberyard with a great hardwood selection. I highly recommend this place (Schutte Lumber) to anybody in the Kansas City area.
I pulled out the mitre saw to chop everything down to rough sizes. The table saw squared up all the edges, producing a much cleaner cut.
Here's my favorite part of the project so far. A friend of mine loaned me his brand new hollow chisel mortiser. He hadn't even assembled it yet. I cleaned off all the grease, put a couple of coats of wax on it, and started it up. You can see the mortiser in the background of the previous photo. After using this thing only once, I know I have to buy one. I loved it!
I'll eventually show off the final product in a LumberJocks project posting. More to come soon, I hope.
-- Joshua, Olathe, Kansas