|Project by lumberjoe||posted 04-12-2012 08:30 PM||3183 views||2 times favorited||44 comments|
No need to be nice, this came out like crap. I want your honest comments as this is a learning experience. Once I finish the next table, this will be ripped down and made into jigs or re-purposed some how, so let the insults fly! I’m disappointed because I had high hopes, but ran into a lot of challenges. This was more of a trail and error exercise than one to make a nice piece of furniture. I am not that disappointed because you are looking at 35$ worth of wood. It’s made from #2 common pine and the top is birch ply with pine around the edges.
Not a single piece of wood is straight/flat. I do not have a jointer or planer, so I got it as straight as I could with a hand plane. I had to spend more time figuring out how to hide defects than to make it look how I wanted.
I put the stretcher way too high. That is actually the only thing I like about the whole design, and you can’t even see it
Extra fine jigsaw blades wander a LOT. All the curves were cut with a jigsaw. I have since acquired a 14” band saw.
I actually like the little details on the ends of the table visible in the second picture. That was to hide a “mistake”. The table is 24” x 48”. The pine around the plywood is glued – BUT – My longest clamps are 39”s. Therefore I drilled some counterbored holes and screwed them in. the little pegs were shaped with a belt sander and attached to the end of a dowel.
You really need to use a stain controller with pine (as you can see, I did not)
I sanded through the veneer on the plywood in a few spots.
My wife actually loves it
I am going to make a slightly similar deign out of cherry now that I have made a lot of mistakes and figured out what I should do. I also have a lot better tools that should help me out greatly.