|Project by Rickterscale||posted 01-10-2012 07:44 PM||1616 views||4 times favorited||4 comments|
I made this, and a second, bookstand as Christmas gifts for my mother and sister. The plans are from Popular Woodworking, I think the Oct. 2010 issue. The only variation from the original plans is that, since I don’t have a lathe, instead of turning the feet I used drawer knobs that I purchased on eBay (about $1.50 a piece – pretty good deal). This piece gave me a chance to try a few different techniques for the first time. These are my first (well, after some practice pieces) hand-cut dovetails. They didn’t come out perfect. There were some gaps, but nothing a little shop made wood filler (yellow glue with sanding dust) can’t make disappear for the most part. Also first time hand-carving round tenons for the two pivoting parts.
The finish is one coat Minwax special walnut stain, one coat garnett shellac, followed by four coats satin Arm-R-Seal. (Or is it Seal-A-Cell? I always get those two product names mixed up with their nonsensical names.) The wood, obviously, is walnut.
Thanks to AstroGuy, who did the same project even better and gave some helpful tips on it.
Update: I added a picture of what I believe is the original.