|Project by TheWoodHack||posted 03-24-2016 04:31 PM||1859 views||9 times favorited||12 comments|
This was the first time I have ever designed and built a project from scratch. In the past, most of my projects have come directly off of a set of plans or I modified plans to fit my needs. With this project, I talked to my wife and asked what she would like me to build. She wanted a hall tree bench for our entry way.
I used a high quality cherry veneered plywood for the top and bottom carcass construction. For the face frames, and doors, I used solid cherry. I resawed 4/4 cherry to make book matched door panels. One of the boards had some nice figure in it. I tried to show that in one of the pictures, but it never shows as well in the picture.
One thing I was struggling with for the entire build was how to make the barn-door hardware. I knew I could make the metal parts out of 1 1/4″ steel from Home Depot, but the wheels were stumping me. I bought some black casters and tried to make a groove in them to ride on the track, but that didn’t work out well. First of all, it was very unsafe. I was using the table saw and on 2 occasions, the blade caught the wheel and threw it across the shop. I ended up scrapping the black rubber casters and making some out of the same cherry that I used on the project. I had a 2″ hole saw that worked perfectly. To make the v-groove on the wheels, I set up my router table with a v bit that was mostly buried in the table. Only about 3/16″ was showing. It was much safer and produced a better product.
Overall, I am very happy with how the project turned out. I am a huge fan of cherry and this is the second project in a row where I have used it. It’s extremely easy to work with and finishes beautifully. I have a more comprehensive write-up with more pictures on my blog post about it. https://thewoodhack.wordpress.com
Thanks for looking.
-- Mike, Las Vegas, http://thewoodhack.wordpress.com