|Project by hypnos||posted 09-08-2010 06:38 PM||1993 views||3 times favorited||9 comments|
I finally finished this after a few months of work, a lot of that time was spent making jigs and a planer sled to flatten the wide boards for the top. I made a forum post wanting guesses about what type of wood you see in the top, I was convinced for a while that it was cherry, but after seeing the quail like feathers after finishing it and pictures on the hobbit house and elsewhere the feathering grain gives it away.
You can see more pictures here
I finished the padauk with teak oil and poly, the rest with danish oil, lots of poly because of the kids, then some paste wax.
The elm cuts well but the density varies wildly, the back plank on the top was dense and uniform but the rest was pretty soft and grainy. The boards I used were about the least interesting of the bunch but the most defect free. Chiseling the holes in the top for the legs was a pain, the inner wood was kind of punky and tended to tear out, but at least you can’t see it.
As you can probably tell, the top and the bottom runners are not actually attached, they just lift off, but there’s no side to side give. A little nicer than flat pack furniture to say the least.
It was my first time doing mortise and tenons, I’m pretty happy how they turned out overall.
-- David P., Kansas City