|Project by oldwolf||posted 09-14-2011 06:31 AM||3826 views||17 times favorited||15 comments|
This past winter I started a project that went horribly awry, In the November issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine featured an article by Chuck Bender featuring a recreation of a great William and Mary Bookstand. I thought “What a great little project. That should only take a weekend and I can use up some of that white oak I have just laying around too” Little did I realize what a roller coaster this little project would take me on.
The white oak version tanked horribly. I won’t go into the multiple reasons why but there is an old saying about what you get when you try and polish a turd . . . you get the idea.
But I still loved the project, the look of it hooked me from the get go. I had to build it. I had stocked away some black walnut I split myself and let air dry, and by the height of this summer it was ready to use. The wood was incredible to use, it’s stock that I just feel so lucky when I’m working with it.
What else blew me away ways the amount of work that goes into this great table top project, don’t make the mistake I did and underestimate it at first blush and think it a quick filler, especially if you walk the mostly hand tool path I prefer. This project is a great skill builder. You need to consider.
1. Milling pieces to size and thickness.
2. Through dovetailing.
3. Proportional layouts with dividers.
4. Decorative relief cut-outs.
5. Blind mortise and tenons.
6. Turning small pieces.
7. Through mortise and tenons.
8. Planing for moving elements in a piece.
9. Complex glue ups.
10. Careful finishing strategies.
I really enjoyed conquering this piece, if you want to catch a glimpse into the process I followed and all the decisions I made along the build I cataloged this build on my Blog and you can find this piece specifically here “
Thanks for looking,
Ratione et Passionis
-- Oldwolf - http://insidetheworkshop.blogspot.com/