|Project by davey||posted 03-12-2012 08:44 PM||1836 views||5 times favorited||15 comments|
This is a banquette I built for my in-laws. They wanted one custom built for their bay window area and knew I wanted to get more into wood work. The paid me by buying me some of the tools I needed for the job. Best payment ever! I had built tree houses, corn hole sets and staging for my church before this so I knew basic woodwork but nothing about furniture.
Here are 10 very “duhhh!” lessons I learned along the way… or should I say after the fact…
#1 – Avoid chip-out with zero clearance.
#2 – Pay attention to grain direction!!!
#3 – Don’t build long lasting furniture with pine. I know!! Dumb! But I was intimidated by expensive wood as I knew I was going to make a lot of mistakes. Wish I could build it all over but lesson learned. At least the booth is a higher quality oak ply.
#4 – Light tables tip easy and need bigger/heavier bases… I know, no more pine tables!
#5 – Lowe’s is great for random odds and ends but the local Woodcraft or Rockler store is a much better way to go.
#6 – Remember to eat while working. And remember your wife is inside wanting to spend time with you!
#7 – Don’t glue together a larger piece that needs to be moved across town!
#8 – When done sanding, wet down surface to check for scratches or “swirls” BEFORE finishing.
#9 – Working till 2am increases the chance of injury and mistakes. Sleep is good.
#10 – Don’t plane an entire tabletop with a block planer. My palm still hurts.
There are many more I’m sure, but I have got some myself at least a little dignity. ;)
Comments are welcome. I have lots to learn and welcome the coaching. Thanks for checking it out!