|Project by TObenhuber||posted 03-27-2017 12:05 AM||914 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
This was my first attempt at getting commissioned. I don’t think I will do it again because I don’t think the appreciation is out there for the amount of work it takes to build something like this. I know this for sure based on the low ball request that I must have been out of my mind to agree to. But, that’s beside the point. Then again, I am also going to post pictures on the local online yard sales and craigslist to see if I can get any interest. Then only accept a more reasonable amount for a commissioned custom projects like this and count this inital project as advertising cost. Otherwise, as many of you are familiar, the honey do list will be plenty.
I am very proud of this project. As always, I started on Sketchup. Probably the most useful tool in my entire shop. This project is solid wood with no metal parts. I constructed it out of Douglas Fir 2X12. I let it all settle in my workshop for about 3 weeks to attempt to let it balance its moisture content. Then I milled all of the boards to rough lengths and then ripped out all of the heart wood on the tablesaw. This left plenty of waist but mostly ””rift/quarter sawn lumber. Lamination…You all understand that part. Then the basic construction was to pilot hole, place holder screws, remove the screws one at a time, drill 3/4” holes, and glue 3/4” dowels in. Lots of sanding. Then two coats of clear. I might need to lightly sand one more time and apply one more clear coat. We will see.
All around, this is going to be used as a TV/Entertainment center. It is pretty heavy. If they don’t use it for a TV, I think there are plenty of giants out there that would really appreciate a vastly over sized 5 board bench.
Thanks for check out my project!!! Its was fun!!!
-- Travis, Virginia, www.facebook.com/CreativeWoodworksHybla