|Project by Robb||posted 08-19-2007 04:45 AM||5559 views||4 times favorited||25 comments|
In an act of ignorance and overestimation of my skills, I promised my wife I would build her this table when she allowed me to purchase my planer. I also told her that I’d call it her Christmas present. That was near the end of the summer of ‘06. When I presented it to her just after the 4th of July this year, I said, “Merry-Birthday-New Year’s-Anniversary-Valentine’s-4th of July!” Good thing I didn’t tell her what year it would be her Christmas present ;).
She’s a saint, in that, other than the occasional ribbing about how long it took me to complete this project, she never complained, and has been lavish in her praise since getting it.
This was my first attempt at building furniture. I’ve done some smaller projects that I’ll post, but nothing on this scale. The plan was one I found online; I forget where now. I chose the plan because the spindles are not true mortise and tenon joinery, so I thought that would make it easier to build. In the end, figuring out how to do the half-laps on them was just as time consuming for me, since I didn’t have a dado blade at the time, and hadn’t much experience with a router. Cherry was the lumber of choice. The boards on top have some veins of pitch (is that the right term?) running through them. I liked the look. I don’t think the picture really shows it well, though. I used Minwax Olde Maple stain on it, since that comes close to matching the woodwork in our old farmhouse. I put polyurethane on as a last step.
I’ve been lurking this site for about a month now, and I’m in awe of the workmanship here. I can’t wait to get to know all of you. The cameraderie between people here is really a big draw for me.
I apologize for the photo quality; our camera’s only so-so.