|Project by KnickKnack||posted 05-14-2011 03:17 PM||1478 views||2 times favorited||5 comments|
Work on my current project – a chest of drawers – ground to a halt when I broke my 3mm router bit. So while I wait for a replacement bit to arrive (I have to mail order it from the UK and, don’t you know, it’s on back order) I decided to hone some of my skills by trying (for the nth time) to make something fairly simple but to make it very well.
Whilst planet “Perfect” is still light years off in the distance, I think I did at least manage to land in the correct galaxy this time.
It’s a 5” cube, and it actually is a cube (well, strictly, the diagonals are 1mm different). I don’t know what the “double-flap” joint is called, but they fit together as well as any joint I’ve ever made. I’d originally intended to go with the end-grain horizontal so I’d have actually needed the “legs”, but it looked better with it vertical, so I went with that, but retained the legs.
The handle I made by putting a small piece of oak on a bolt and putting it in the drill. That went fine, but, despite measuring at least 8 times, when I was trying to glue it to the top the dowel didn’t fit so i had to take it out and do it again. Some serious malleting (is that a verb?) later I’d split it a bit. You can’t see it, but I know it’s there.
I’m enjoying fuming my projects these days – the oak takes on a deep, dark, almost-but-not-quite-black tone, and the ash goes what I can best describe as “deathly”, especially on the end-grain, which is usually very dull for me.
Finished with linseed oil.
Comments, thoughts, criticisms, etc etc – all welcome
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