|Project by mminella||posted 04-18-2010 05:44 PM||2600 views||6 times favorited||9 comments|
This is what I call my first true woodworking project. Up to now I’ve been relegated to painted crown molding shelves. Although I can sit here and pick it apart, overall I am very pleased with how this project turned out (the wife is pleased enough to let me do other things that will be displayed in public ;)
With regards to construction, The bulk of the piece was done with pocket screws. The bin in front was nailed together and attached to the back with biscuits. The top piece (with the individual pieces) was built by creating three layers, layers 1 and 3 are just a 1/4” thick piece of oak used to cover up how the middle layer was built. The middle layer was built by gluing each of the longer pieces (that you can see) together with spacers. Looking forward, if I do that type of build again, a jig is definitely needed to make it as nice as it could have been.
For the finish, I started by sanding it with 150, 220, 300 and finally 400. I have to admit, I had a hard time not touching it with how smooth it is. I then laid on a single coat of Zar’s Red Oak stain. On my sample board (not pictured here), I experienced some bad lifting of the stain when I put the first coat of wipe on poly over the stain. Luckily I found this post here http://lumberjocks.com/topics/15572 . The Zinsser’s Bulls-Eye Seal Coat worked like a charm. Two coats of that followed by three coats of wipe on poly and it was finished.
Overall, I’m very pleased with how this turned out, however I’m curious about how other people handle the detail at the top in mission style furniture (how that’s traditionally built, how you go about constructing such small pieces and what that is called for that matter). Please, any feedback or advice is appreciated!
As a side note, the bench it’s sitting on in the last picture is my inexpensive knock off (construction grade lumber with an emphasis for being able to break it down and store) of the Popular Woodworking’s 21st Century Workbench. If there is any interest, I can put that up as a project as well.