|Project by brg||posted 12-14-2015 02:34 PM||993 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
I always want to do something different and try to learn new things when building furniture. When I needed a set of small shelves then it was clear that dowels or biscuits or dadoes are not the answer this time.
I had never tried a through mortise and tenon and I thought it would look nice on the shelves (now I see that I should have used a darker wood for wedges, instead of oak).
To attach the top, I planned to practice and improve myself with dovetails. About 4 years ago, when I got into woodworking, I never thought that dovetails could become something natural for me… unless I could do them with router and template. They looked too much of hassle and fitting. Actually I never got any dovetail jig and now it feels enjoyable and relaxing to cut them out by hand and fit with chisels. Of course, they are not perfect, but after sanding (did not want risk with planing, afraid of chipping on birch) and finishing they look fine.
Finally I added a 1/2” oak “edgebanding” for the top shelf and cut/chiseled it into pyramids.
Made of birch, finished with Junckers rustic oil.