Happy Monday o/
I recently moved from a teeny one-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn Heights to a house in the sticks a few hours north.
It’s a lot of space to fill. I get to have a reasonable dresser, a bed AND couch instead of a ratty old futon, etc.
I started furniture shopping and my jaw hit the floor. I half jokingly suggested to my favorite bartender that I could outfit a wood shop for the cost of the dresser I wanted and make my own ugly as sin but sturdy and functional furniture.
Well, one drink led to another and thoughts did the same and now I’ve got a router (no table), a table saw (on loan) and a bunch of clamps.
I have never worked with wood before. An absolute noob.
My first project was a box. Unplaned, unsanded, 6×6x12” internal dimensions. I cut it, glued it, clamped it and nailed it (brads, while clamped.) I’m pretty sure I could run over the thing with my car and it would hold. And yes, it’s ugly as sin. Don’t care. Love it.
So my next project is to be an end table…sort of. Two box structures on top of each other. Each box is 18×18 inches across the top, one foot high.
I’ve got two problems…ok 3.
1) The board I have is a foot wide. I cut a bunch down to 9” wide just to keep the join centered. But how should I be joining them? Or should I? Would it just be sufficient to nail (or otherwise fasten) these things down to the side pieces? From an aesthetic sense it wouldn’t bother me a bit.
2) The table saw I’m using only has a foot clearance on either side. So cuts longer than that (for instance, cutting board down to 17.25 for the sides) is a real challenge to keep square through the cut. I’ve GOT to be doing something wrong here. Wrong tool, bad technique. Something. I’ve burned through a lot of wood with bad cuts (I’ll certainly use the scrap. But I’d rather get it right.)
3) I do want to add some leap of technique, however miniscule, to this. I’m thinking I want to either put it together with dowels instead of glue or some other simple joining technique. (I’m a LONG way from cutting dovetails or box joints ;) )
Anyway if you made it this far, thanks for reading. And if you’ve got any advice, I’d certainly appreciate it.