|Project by brianl||posted 03-06-2010 01:26 AM||3371 views||14 times favorited||11 comments|
It is constructed out of red oak from my local homecenter. 17” tall, 16” wide, 12” deep. All mortise and tennon joinery. This was the project that triggered my forum post on small mortises. Before this project I was doing M&T work by hand with a drill and chisel. To do the mortises for all of the slats I bought a router and used a spiral cut bit. What a difference! Doing things by hand is nice, but boy did that router come in handy!
The finish is the same as the step stool I did, Olympic stain and Polycrylic satin. Due to the complexity of the piece I used aerosol Polycrylic – something I will not do again. It is not nearly as smooth to the touch as the brush on is. I’ve noticed that out of all the tasks involved, finishing gives me the biggest headaches.
Since we have hardwood floors, I put felt-covered levelers on the bottom to balance it out and protect the floor. Overall I’m pretty pleased with it!
1. The right tool for the job. I bought a chamfering bit for my router to do the tops of the posts. What an amazing difference it made!
2. Doing things by hand is nice, but machines make a huge difference when it comes to speed.
3. Before building a piece, take into account the complexity and plan out how you are going to finish it.
-- Brian - Belmont, Massachusetts