|Project by NoVaDave||posted 08-16-2014 04:17 PM||501 views||0 times favorited||1 comment|
We finally finished our basement 11 years after building the house. We now have a dedicated laundry room and I have the workshop I’ve wanted since 7th grade! I’ve been waiting a long time to get into this craft and I’m glad the time is (finally) here.
Materials: With the exception of the top this table was made out of construction grade lumber from the nearby home center. I hand planed the twists and cups out of all the stock. Rails and stretchers are 2×4’s. Legs are 4×4’s. The lower shelf is a 24”x48” “handy panel” of birch plywood. The top came from our local Woodcraft store and is a cabinet grade multi-ply that was pre-finished on both sides. The wheels are casters. Two of them are locking the other two are free.
Joinery: Dowels. I had to make my own jig out of a scrap of 2×4 and masonite. Commercial dowel jigs wouldn’t spread over the 4×4 unless I got a super premium jig. They were too much money. I wanted to use m&t joints but was afraid of messing up the 4×4’s. I didn’t want to put them in the trash if I ruined them. Since making this project I have taught myself how to make m&t joints with my router.
Finish: Minwax Dark Walnut stain and poly combo.
What I learned/would do differently:
1) When buying construction grade lumber buy the longest stock you can (10 ft or 12 ft). It is straighter than the 8 ft.
2) Don’t doubt yourself or your abilities. After I taught myself how to do m&t joints with my router I wish I had used them on this project. I am now teaching myself how to do m&t with a back saw and chisel. It is slow going but I will get there.