|Project by hypnos||posted 07-07-2009 05:48 PM||2236 views||2 times favorited||10 comments|
I finally finished my first project and learned a lot in the process. Next step is getting some better tools, my wife is less weary of me spending the money because the next project is a crib and a changing table and on and on…
The triple ladder like structure is padauk, finished with teak oil for the UV protection, then Danish oil and wipe-on poly. The shelves are poplar finished with Danish oil and poly – I regret not using just poly because I actually wanted the green in the wood to remain more than it did along with the contrasting whiteness, but it probably looks a little more elegant this way with the yellowing of the oil.
It was assembled using dowels which was a real pain with a hand drill. Everything was ripped and cut with the crappiest table saw in the world, but it was a birthday gift from my folks so I can’t complain too much, but it will be the first thing to go. The table is a Skil 3305 with a massive 26” wide table;) I did buy a 50 tooth thin kerf Freud LU83R010 combination blade for it after trying the table out and struggling to make raised garden beds. The blade cost $40 less than the table saw. That helped a good deal in being able to rip the 8/4 padauk.
I’ll add a picture of it covered in books when it makes it’s way to it’s final home in our bedroom. I’m just going to hide cheap bookends inside the books on either end.
The shelf is in place and filled with books and here are a few more pictures, I’m happy with how sturdy this turned out to be. I added adjustable gliders to the front two posts because our floor slants a little bit and it added a little extra stability giving it the slightest back tilt on the carpeting in our room.
-- David P., Kansas City