Mirror and drawer

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Project by Antti posted 04-04-2011 05:26 PM 1700 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My very first project using joinery (and not screws as in a garden swing and some other stuff I had made before this): The mirror in walnut. The plan was to make the sides of different widths, each with the golden ratio to the next. Lesson learned – when you saw the wood, it can start bending quite a bit, so I aborted the exact ratio and squared my lumber again and continued. Mortice and tenons.

The drawer follows the same theme, with maple as the secondary wood. Lessons learned – the dovetails should not go this way as there is no mechanical grip. There was an other more painful lesson – do not rout the half blind dovetails on the opposing sides of the only piece of walnut you have left. After that mistake, I printed a page from old FWW with the headline “Expect to make mistakes”, to remind myself that this is a hobby and supposed to be fun, and not to agitate me.

Finish is danish oil for both. I sanded (and sanded) the surface, last round with a pad of some sort with 1500 grit. I dont know whether it was adding anything, but at least it felt smooth.

And yes, I used jigs and a router rather than hand tools for the joinery. My excuse is that my only training is from podcasts and tool manufacturer’s dvd’s, and as a father of two and a full time job, I only have so much time in my very small shop. Those precious minutes need to count… maybe someday my skills improve so much that I become productive with hand tools as well.

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#1 posted 04-04-2011 08:57 PM

No shame in using jigs and a router, I’d guess most pros do this as well…

I made the same mistake cutting half blind dovetails with my PC 4210 jig, except I made an additional mistake by mixing up the tails and pins. Now the drawer is wider and shorter than it should be, not to mention none of the dimensions are what I expected (except the height). The plus side is that I knew I would make a few mistakes so the drawer was intended for my workbench and now just serves as a reminder to get the pins and tails on the correct sides.

I’d say it looks great, I’m a big fan of the drying oils.

-- Perilous to all of us are the devices of an art deeper than we ourselves possess. --Gandalf the Grey

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#2 posted 04-04-2011 11:55 PM

I like the designs, simple and to the point as functional art should be.
Great job man, keep up the beautiful work.

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