|Project by Mathew||posted 06-23-2012 06:07 PM||884 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
Hello. I’m wary about posting this when I see so many beautiful projects and so many skilled craftsmen here. However, I’ve lurked and remained unspoken for long enough. I’m completely new to woodworking, but I’ve found that I have a real passion for it. So here is the the first project that I designed and made.
My dear wife loves to grow her vegetables and plants from seed. We have a nice well-lit mudroom to help control the climate for the little guys (Idaho is very uncooperative about when the last freeze will hit). She raises the plants in 21” trays. The large windows in our mudroom are about 32” from the floor. She needed something to get them up to the light, but allow for airflow and drainage with the trays. Well, with my new passion for making sawdust, I took it upon myself to make something that could hold 4 of her trays and give a lower shelf for the potting soil and other gardening necessities. Given my amateurish abilities, I made this for her. She was thrilled and ordered two more (still working on that). Seed season is over, but, with luck, she’ll have all she needs for her seeds next spring.
This is made from 3/4” cedar that I purchased in 10” wide boards. I ripped them down to width on the table saw and set the height of the halflaps on the radial arm. Since I don’t have a dado set, I had to chip away the material very slowly. I made each frame using half-lap joints and Titebond II. I connected the frames using stainless steel star drive screws. It is finished with boiled linseed oil. Thanks for looking.