|Project by rwyoung||posted 10-06-2016 08:12 PM||859 views||3 times favorited||6 comments|
Sorta forgot about “Lumberjocks” for a while. Thought it might be nice to push a few projects since the last time I was logged in.
Anyway, built a few of these “telephone tables” or “plant stands” as they might have been called in the catalogs. Not a direct copy of any particular Stickley piece. Sort of an amalgam and loosely based on a design by a friend.
Went with red oak for this since I can get it a whole lot cheaper than white oak and other than the end grain, most people can’t tell the difference under a finish. I’d say at least 30% cheaper for the QS red than QS white around here. And not too shabby with the figure on this top.
The legs are done using lesser looking stuff as a core and then resawing stock to make some thick veneers. Trying to get a quarter sawn look on all four faces. Didn’t work that hard on the spindles or the stretchers though as they are a bit hidden in the shadows.
Mortise and tenon work with the stretchers half-lapped or “egg crate” joint where they cross. Top held with figure-8 fasteners and good old steel slotted screws.
Finish is based on the steps outlined by Jeff Jewitt at Homestead Finishing. But sorry Jeff, didn’t use all the same supplies. Went with orange dewaxed shellac as the sealer and intermediate coat instead of oil/varnish. And the tops get a couple thin layers of waterborne poly since I do call these “plant stands”.
Easy to make, low material count and by by laminating the legs, I can stretch my material use a long way. Maybe 10 hours tops to make (mix of machine and hand work, love planing and scraping oak) but lots of finishing steps so maybe another 4 hands-on hours there.
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