|Project by isaac42||posted 07-02-2014 07:53 PM||1486 views||1 time favorited||18 comments|
I just started getting interested in woodworking about a year ago. Since then I have been slowly accumulating tools and learning as much as I can in my “free” time. Here is my first piece of furniture—a walnut end table.
I learned a lot in doing this build and had a lot of firsts:
- First time using a jointer
- First time using a planer
- First time using a router
- First piece of furniture
- First glue-up for table top and shelf
- First dowel joints
- First real biscuit joints
- First time doing tapered legs
- First time finishing with something other than paint
Also a lot of lessons learned:
- Measure, measure, then measure again
- Dry fit everything
- Be careful of glue spots
- You can never have too many clamps
- Make sure the reference base for dowels and biscuits is accurate and always the same
- Take time to do it right the first time
- Practice on scrap wood
Between buying a jointer, planer, and other miscellaneous tools to be able to do this I think this is the world’s most expensive end table. :)
I found a small local sawmill to buy my rough lumber from. This table is made with local walnut and finished with three coats of wipe-on poly. I joined the aprons to the legs using biscuits. I would have liked to do mortise and tenon joinery, but hey, this is my first piece of furniture and I already had enough to learn to complete this.
Looking forward to many more years of woodworking. Thanks for looking.