|Project by Kahluabomb||posted 08-11-2014 05:26 PM||1061 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
My first “big” project! A great friend of mine got married a while back and I accidentally never got her a gift. She bought a house with a tiny kitchen and loves to cook, so I figured I could make her something useful and beautiful that will last her lifetime.
I used sketchup to get the idea out, and quickly realized I’m not meticulous enough for that, so I hand drew it on some graphing paper. Went to the local woodcraft to get my 20% off lumber, and picked up those two 12’ long 16/4 poplar pieces, and a poplar board.
I hand cut my first mortises with a chisel and a mallet, cut the tenons on the table saw with a dado blade, and smoothed most everything over with my cheapo router table alternative – the piece of plywood with a hole in it.
The top is 8/4 maple with a strip of mahogany and walnut, and measures 24×24. With the casters it’s just a hair under 32’’ tall. The top is finished with mineral oil, the legs/apron are painted, and the slats for the shelf are sealed with danish oil.
I was very happy with the final product and learned a lot in the process. It took about 15 hours to build in my spare time and I think that’s not too shabby. I have a much better understanding of how to layout mortises and snug the tenons. This project was a blast to make, and justified every tool purchase I have made, minus the jigsaw which I never should have bought. The only problem I ran into was ripping the 16/4 legs down to 12/4 with a 10’’ table saw.
Anyway, I hope you guys like this, I know I do.