|Project by TheKingInYellow||posted 10-05-2011 04:36 AM||2234 views||8 times favorited||3 comments|
I spent the summer organizing and assembling my shop after my wife allowed me to fully take over the garage, it was finally time to actually build something. So of course, project #1 needs to be something for her. I got to use my new jointer, tablesaw, planer and router table on this project and all performed well. This is the first time I have milled rough lumber and it went pretty well.
I found an absolutely gorgeous little slab of Pau Ferro at the local lumber shop and set about planning something that would really show off the little ‘flame’ figure of the grain. She recently bought an iPad 2 and wanted a stand for it, so this project was born.
By far, the hardest part of this project was assembling it. It’s a simple project, but I realized (after cutting everything) that I had no idea how to clamp a piece of wood at such an angle. I had planned to just glue it, but I quickly realized that wasn’t going to happen. As such, I pre-drilled the pieces and had to screw them. The screws are countersunk from the bottom but I can’t say I am totally happy with the solution. It also meant I had glue squeeze out that was nearly impossible to remove. I ended up using an 1/8” chisel and did the best I could. Live and learn.
The finish is actually Watco Butcher Block oil. I happened to have it on hand after I realized my Tung Oil had gelled, and in hindsight I think it was actually a good choice. This will also be used on the kitchen table and I have two kids under the age of 5, so spills and mishaps are entirely possible. The finish should stand up well to just about anything.
The angle of the back support is about 40 degrees, and is just the right height for her to use with a keyboard at her desk. Her hobby is writing, so this is the primary use for the stand. The rest of the time, it just looks pretty :)
-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...