|Project by David White||posted 12-11-2011 07:42 AM||4544 views||8 times favorited||12 comments|
So this is my first ‘real’ furniture project and the first one that I have felt worthy of a posting on Lumberjocks.
It is a Craftsman / Arts and Crafts style library table in American white oak. The plans call for it to be quarter sawn timber, but that turns out to be very difficult to get in New Zealand so this is flat sawn. The drawer sides are Radiata pine.
I made this table from plans in issue 73 of Australian Woodsmith magazine, but I have also seen them on the Plans Now website.
I made the top about 75mm (3”) longer than the plans stated in order that it better fit in this alcove in our hall way. Now it’s in place I think that was a mistake and I plan to take the top off and cut it down to the proper size.
The finish is 3 coats of BLO followed by 3 coats of wax. I realise that this is not the most durable finish that there ever was.
Frankly I bit off more than I could chew with this project as it’s really a tad too complex for a beginner like me. Although I am happy with the way it turned out, there are definitely a few things that I could do better if I were to do it again.
Probably the main lessons learned are as follows:
Firstly, if your shop time is limited, pick smaller projects. This one took me a year to complete and frankly I was getting bored with it by the end of that period. It took a couple of months just to hand cut all the mortises.
Secondly, when you are milling the timber, if you see you have one piece that is a really different colour to the rest, put it on one side and use it for another project. Also, buy more timber than you think you will need.
Finally, stick to the plans. Every time I deviated from the plans I ended up making more work for myself.