|Project by rbowie||posted 06-08-2012 05:47 PM||1186 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
This was my first project. Nothing like getting in over my head right out of the gates.
I started with a 5 foot by 16” slab of walnut complete with sawmill marks. I had limited tools to work with so I spent the next 2 weeks getting to know my No. 5 Stanley plane really well. If only I had known how handy the router sled method was for flattening a slab I would have been done in a fraction of the time. It was still time well spent in learning how to hand plane efficiently.
Joinery was another challenge. I was under no illusions that I was capable at that point of mortise and tenon so I copped out and went with lag bolts from the top. This required I do a decent job of cutting plugs, which turned out fairly well.
I finished it with Danish oil followed by a few layers of poly.
This was a gift to my parents for their 40th wedding anniversary.
-- Richard, Calgary