|Project by FJPetruso||posted 09-29-2010 04:22 AM||1847 views||0 times favorited||1 comment|
The “Little Woman” got tired of the old plastic clothes hamper & asked me to make a new one. Like most woodworkers I purchase extra material for projects so I don’t run out of material in the middle of a project. So fortunately, the main materials that I needed were left over from the Chest of Drawers, Dresser & Changing table that I made for my grandsons. I had “snowmen” for the feet, birch plywood & tongue & groove wainscoting. I also keep pine 1”X12”s on hand. The plywood was used for the bottom & the lid. The pine 1”X12”s were used for the rails & stiles on the front & sides & for the molding. I have some hardware, “T”-nuts, anchor bolts & screws, so all I needed to purchase was the hinges & the finishing materials.
I cut the snowmen’s hats off to make the feet & screwed in the anchor bolts. Cut the bottom & lid out of 1/2” birch plywood. Then made the frames to hold the waincoting by using my biscuit jointer. I formed all the trim with my router on the edge of some wide sections of 3/4” pine boards & ripped the molding off on my table saw & installed it on the front & sides of the bottom, the top & the lid. After assembley I installed the T-nuts & the feet. Then the hamper was finished with water base golden oak stain & three water base topcoats with light sanding for prep & in between the coats. I had also cut a rabbet in the back & used white finished pegboard for the rear panel.
Well… The wife’s happy now… For at least an hour or two.
-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"