|Project by jakeprater||posted 02-27-2015 04:22 AM||1358 views||0 times favorited||1 comment|
Here’s what I’ve been up to over the last little while, when I should be studying for my comprehensive exams (gotta have priorities!).
It’s a display for missionary plaques, and it can hold about 24 of them. we have about 10 or so out on missions right now.
It’s made out of solid red oak backed by 1/4” red oak plywood. I started out with a mockup of one of the plaques so that I could get the dimensions right, then built it to fill a specific space in the chapel foyer. It’s two layers of 3/4” red oak to create a lip to hold the plaques in, all glued then tacked with brads to keep it from moving. All the corners are mitered, which was a little nerve-wracking for me – they just hardly ever seem to come out right when I try them. This time I had my father-in-law helping out, though, so I couldn’t mess it up in front of HIM!
Anyway, the pieces are all joined using 3/8”dowels and glue, I tried to avoid any mechanical fasteners. Even the mitered corners are joined with dowels. In the first picture you can see the clamping blocks I had to attach so I could pull the corners in nice and tight. The trim is mitered and glued, then just tacked with pins. The center rail trim is scalloped (I think that’s the right term? see picture 5) on the ends so it meets the edge trim nicely, I took care of that on my router table.
It’s attached to the wall using 1/4” x 3 1/4” self-tapping concrete screws, four in the top and two in the bottom. I counter-sunk them, then cut the plugs using a Vermont American 1/2” plug cutter. They came out well, but the cutter left a bit of a rough edge. Luckily, they are a little over-sized relative to my 1/2” Forstner bit, so I was able to sand the edges a little to get that perfect fit.
I finished it with a Minwax Ipswitch Pine stain, two coats, then sealed it all up with two coats of Minwax satin polyurethane (sanded after each coat), and wax on top.
If I could do it over again, I would go and measure the location and do a better job of getting actual customer requirements. It came out just fine, but I’d like more information if I could do it over. This was my first commission, so there were a lot of lessons learned on this one!
I think that’s about it, thanks for looking!
-- All this sawdust.......wait........ what happened to my board???