|Project by bevis||posted 08-18-2010 06:42 AM||1197 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
This was my first real wood working project (since I was a kid and then it was heavily supervised in my stepdad’s shop, which had every imaginable tool (at least to a teenager it did.)) For this shelf, I had quite a limited set of tools (a handsaw, a block plane, a random orbit sander, a drill, my ignorance, lots of enthusiasm.) I’ve seen a lot of “this is my first project” that look really nice, but I’m pretty proud of making a mess of this one. Its a lot of fun to take a break from programming/work/grad school to create something real.
As it turns out, I couldn’t cut a single right angle, and I had some pretty “unique” ideas about dowel joinery. Instead of redoing or fixing what I goofed up, I just sorta kept going, but the shelf looks OK enough (and downright beautiful next to some particle board furniture in the same room.) One can see a quarter inch gap in the joinery in one of the pictures, and that was about par for the course on this project.
The material was pine (the cheapest “white board” from a certain store with an orange sign.) and I finished with a couple coats of “Mahogany Red” Danish oil (the rest of my living room is red, so this is less gaudy then one might expect.)
With this project, my biggest learning experience was that quality work takes time. And if you are going to spend a couple weeks of evenings working on something, its OK to spend more than $20 on materials.