|Project by Luqman||posted 09-07-2014 04:57 PM||696 views||0 times favorited||1 comment|
Hello I have been learning the craft since early this year. I have been visiting this site for quite some time but this is my first post. A quick bio of myself and how I got into woodworking. My father was a contractor and carpenter. In August of last year I donated one of my kidneys to him as he was suffering through diabetes and dialysis. No sob story everybody is better now. Since he couldn’t work anymore he decided to give me all his tools. I’m pretty sure this is my inheritance. I also got old tools from my grandfather. So I figured I better see what this is all about. Started Youtube searching and visited my local woodworking store (Highland in Atlanta) to look around. I prefer mostly hand tools but I did get a 14” bandsaw. Acquiring tools and wood, building my bench, and various shop jigs have been my main concern so far (shooting board, sharpening station, small boxes, etc.) Just trying to get up and running. So this is my first “real” project with real wood. By real I mean my wife wants it in the house. I resawed a board of 6/4 walnut I bought from the lumber yard down to 5/8” so i could hand plane down to 1/2”. The board was 9” wide 18” long. I did this with a regular fence and no feather board. The cut was horrible and I wasted half the board. That sat me down for the rest of the day. I salvaged what I could and chalked it up as a tough lesson. (Next time make a tall fence and use the feather board I just bought.) I cut the curves on the bandsaw off a template I made first in 1/8” hardboard. Back panel and 2 bottoms are panels I laminated from 1/2” poplar. Cross rails are walnut with beads scratched in them. Sanded curves with sanding drums on my drill press. Oak dowels join the back to the sides and the rails to the side. Bottoms are rabbeted in a dado I cut with the router plane. Poplar panels have 2 coats walnut stain+poly mix. Walnut has 3 coats boiled linseed oil. Shelf then waxed and buffed with steel wool. Thanks for looking.
-- Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company. -Booker T. Washington