|Project by Russel||posted 1781 days ago||1694 views||4 times favorited||16 comments|
A little bit ago, David aka Patron issued a Mid-Term Challenge. In the challenge, the idea was to learn something new that would assist you in future projects. What we have here is flat wood.
There is a young lady at work is not quite as tall as the others. However, the top drawer of the file cabinet is higher than can be reached comfortably. Having watched her stand on her toes looking for the right file made me think that a small step stool would be most useful. So this one adds about 8 inches of height which should be plenty to allow her to more comfortably search the files.
It’s made of walnut with ash plugs. The board it came from was a tad twisted (it might have been a branch), but really pretty and I wanted to use it. So it needed to be, how you say, trued up.
I have a small Delta benchtop jointer that I’ve had little success with and figured I needed to learn how to use it. So, I took the walnut board and cut it to approximate lengths and workable widths and gave it the old college try. Taking my time, keeping the board consistently against the table allowed me to eventually get a flat surface. I was surprised that I didn’t end up with wedge. From there, the boards went nicely through my planer and, voila, 3/4 inch thick boards from twisted 1 inch rough stock. At this point, I said to myself, “Cool”.
The top is about 16 inches across and 7.5 inches deep. The feet are glued into a ‘V’ and supported with a cross piece that is glued and screwed. The stretcher is inserted into a dado on each end with hidden dowels keeping it secure. It’s quite solid and should do the job just fine.
The last picture is a small candy dispenser made from scraps. I kinda like Dove Chocolates and this was a good place to keep them.
From this mid-term I learned to use my jointer and not to waste scraps.
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