|Project by Schnur||posted 01-25-2016 12:41 AM||1705 views||11 times favorited||11 comments|
The first version of any of my woodworking projects never seem to turn out the way I hope, no matter how much planning is involved. Experience can minimize errors in construction and design, but I still expect to need to churn out a version 2.0 even when I’m a seasoned woodworker. I accept it as part of the craft, as it highlights that there is always something new to learn.
The first version of these shelves was made of 1/2” tropical walnut stock, which warped over its 16” span and was not interesting due to the lack of grain contrast. Pocket hole joints were used to hold the drawers together, which split the wood in many places and didn’t add any visual interest. The mechanism used to prevent the drawers from falling out was too large and didn’t allow the drawers to come out very far. The back plates used to attach to the wall mounts were also attached via pocket hole jointery, which wasn’t accurate and prevented the drawers from seating evenly. Finally, they were finished with danish oil, which was not slick enough to allow for smooth drawer action.
The second version rectified these problems by utilizing 5/8” domestic walnut, through dowel joints, a minimal drawer stop mechanism, and back plates secured with dados. Finally, they were finished with three coats of polyurethane and then two coats of paste wax to ensure a smooth drawer action.
Inexperience led to these mistakes, but those mistakes taught valuable lessons. I’ve already started a version 1.0 of another project and am certain I will learn much from it.