|Project by Chris Cunanan||posted 07-08-2010 08:06 AM||5337 views||25 times favorited||20 comments|
i was so happy i could get this finished and delivered for one of my best friends’ big day, it was great to be at the occasion. i started one week before i had to deliver it 500 miles away up in northern california, so needless to say I thought i might be in for a nail biter, especially if anything went wrong…and for the most part they didn’t, the biggest error being a miscalculation on one side of the leg’s mortises and having to do a big chunk last minute patch job…i was actually somewhat surprised with how well it came out, although i know my fit on the mortises and laps were no where near stellar. I have a lot of tools, but a lot of rusted/cheaper stuff, so at times i knew there was a better way i Could be doing things, but i had to pass on just to get it done in the sake of time. This was my first attempt at an all solid exotic wood piece, i had to get over being scared to work with the nice stuff and just go for it cuz hey, it’s a wedding gift!
top – from a single piece of curly walnut (need to get my “wet” pictures of the top uploaded, it is beautiful)
aprons – from a single piece of walnut
legs – laminated mahogany
shelves – teak (recycled from old umbrella =])
finish – 1 coat teak oil (yikes! i was in such a rush and didn’t know what to do, seemed like it had the least chance of failing and getting decent results, and that i know my friend could reapply and have a nearby source for it….what do yall think?)
end cost of materials – ~$30? the legs are actually door framing material that i got for $3.50 per 8’ off craigslist! teak oil and other finishing stuff, the walnut was retrieved/received
time – probably >40 hrs with all my mistakes and newbie-isms.
Appreciate all the comments and criticisms….