|Project by Timzwoodz||posted 02-16-2016 08:17 PM||409 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
Good Day LJs
My first winter project, based on the Sofa Table project in Woodsmith Issue #104.
My better half wanted another piece of furniture for our living room (not crowded enough, I guess), so I obliged by making this reduced-width sofa table to fit neatly behind our single-seat easy chair.
This projected demanded a lot of mortise and tenon work; each leg required 4 mortises for the rails and stretchers (call that 16) plus the 14 spindles required 28 mortises. Thankfully, the mortise work was done primarily on the drill press, but the final sizing was all by hand chisel and file, especially for the spindles being so small (3/8” mortise for 1/2” spindles).
I chose to make the spindles out of walnut for a subtle contrast; the top is a glue-up of three boards, with one board having a nice long triangle of lighter sapwood, which adds a bit a contrast to the rest of the tabletop.
Primary Wood: Cherry
Dimensions: Tabletop – 40” x 17” X 3/4”
Stain: Minwax Natural
Finish: General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Satin Poly, 3-4 coats
-- Being half Irish and half Scottish, I love to drink but hate to pay for it