|Project by bobasaurus||posted 09-15-2009 02:34 AM||2039 views||3 times favorited||12 comments|
This is a planter I made for the final project in a basic woodworking class. The legs are made from laminated white oak and walnut, the rails and bottom are hard maple, and the thin vertical strips are cherry. All the joinery is mortise and tenon, and the finish is several coats of Minwax Helmsman spar urethane (satin). The whole project took me quite a while, even with a full shop of fancy tools. Hopefully I can create something of the same magnitude in my small home shop someday.
The hardest part was making the through mortises to hold the bottom cross-lapped pieces. The mortising machine kept blowing out the hard maple when the bit exited the piece, even with scrap clamped underneath for support, so I did it mostly by hand with chisels. There were some gaps in the final product after gluing, so I also spent lots of time cutting little pieces to fit in the openings.
This thing was a beast to move around… it weighs over 40 pounds and is pretty ungainly. I think it looks pretty nice with the tree in my folks house.
-- Allen, Colorado