|Project by gljacobs||posted 07-09-2011 01:50 AM||2375 views||3 times favorited||15 comments|
This side table in cherry with a maple in the drawer was the course project in the intermediate woodworking course I took on scholarship at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport ME.
The two week course was taught by Master arts and crafts designer/maker Kevin Rodel.
The course thoroughly stretched my skills and the whole experience was just unbelievably fun.
The design is my own except the feet are influenced from a trestle foot I had seen in the book “Soul of a Tree”.
The stiles and rails are joined with slip tenons and the top rail is half lapped into the apron….and yes I did cut into the mortises and had to do some improve to make it work. One big lesson learned…..make COMPLETE full size drawings and include full size details of ALL the joinery. This would have helped me avoid many mistakes.
Big lesson two came when I kept measuring off of my drawing instead to reality….Lesson, “At a certain point don’t use the drawing, use reality.”
Third BIG lesson is…”don’t compromise design.”
The pull is a design I had to go with because I had run out of time enough to be able to apply a coat of tride and true at the end of the class. It’s too big and I may just get it off of their and make a pinch pull. for it.
The last time I was there I didn’t get to finish my project. The original design was a recessed pull with angles leading into the pull.
the dovetails on the drawer front are compound tails. The only difference from regulars is the angle. This did two things…first it made the draw front joinery not look weird, second it helped the angle not inhibit the integrity of the tails on the end.
All in all it was a supremely fun build. Thanks for looking.