|Project by drewpy||posted 07-20-2015 03:56 AM||1411 views||3 times favorited||10 comments|
First of all I just want to say that I typically never paint wood but with this learning project, it’s roughness, and where it was going to fit in the house it was best.
Last year I found 1.5×1.5×32 poplar for $2 each at a Big Box store and picked a few up. I figured these would be good stock for messing around. I decided to try to do some mortise and tenon without power tools and decided on a simple plant stand all without power tools.
Tools used – Hand twist drill to start the mortise (borrowed from neighbors Dad), ¼ chisel, crappy block plane to taper legs, and a hand saw.
Things learned 1) I really learned a lot from reading blogs you all have posted about honing and sharpening chisels and plane blades. This alone made the project worthwhile. 2) It was actually very relaxing and rewarding making the mortise with the drill and chisel. 3) I really need to practice more with a hand tenon saw.
My mortise and tenons were most likely too loose but I packed them with shavings, glued them up and figured they wouldn’t really have any major stress on them during their lifetime.
Since this was poplar I just painted it white to fit in by the window for a new plant. The tile is just a sample I picked up for $1 and can be removed and/or changed. There is a hole in the top so that you can just push it up with a finger.
Overall project cost was around $10 with tax.
Thanks for looking.
-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".