|Project by Schnur||posted 08-03-2016 03:45 PM||689 views||2 times favorited||12 comments|
It can be easy to get carried away with the perceived need for only the strongest joinery when constructing a project because of course, you want your project to last. And for some, it is simply a point of pride. I’ve used this way of thinking plenty of times, but most of the time, the strongest joints are not the most convenient. I decided to take the idea of using only the most convenient joints to the extreme in my latest project, which contains only butt joints secured with 195 screws. Yep, I counted. Are drawers secured with 5 screws per joint stronger than dovetails? Probably not, but it will still probably last a lifetime due to the light-duty nature of the drawers. And it took a small fraction of the time it takes to make a quality dovetail joint. I’ll take that trade off for this project.
But at the end of the day, I believe the use of simple joinery fits with the overall simple aesthetic of the desk. The maple and walnut make for a good contrast while the screws covered with dowels are understated in their highlighting of the joinery.
The project was finished with Watco Danish oil, General Finishes satin urethane, and Old Masters paste wax.
Maybe I can slave over some dovetails when I’m retired. But for now, I’m a dental student too busy studying for boards.