|Project by JLadd||posted 06-27-2012 03:28 AM||2581 views||12 times favorited||13 comments|
I just started woodworking a couple years ago. I’ve been working on small projects as I collect more tools. This is the first project I’ve posted. I just finished it up last week. It’s by far my most elaborate project and I gained some good experience. I used 4 different joinery techniques; pocket holes for the top, mortise and tenon for the sides, dowels to attach the mag rack to the sides, and recessed screws w/ plugs to make the rack.
I used poplar for this project, which was easy to work with, but presented a challenge when it came to stain. I tested regular oil based stain, but it came out really splotchy, even after I tried wood conditioner. I wound up using wood conditioner with General Finishes Java gel stain with several coats of satin spray-on poly. The gel stain didn’t soak in near as much as the regular stuff, so it turned out a lot more even.
For as much inspiration as I get from this community, I must admit I actually saw this on LL Bean’s website as I was looking for ideas for something to put my coffee on next to my recliner. I made the plans in SketchUp with a few customizations. If you want the plans, let me know. The storage under the top is pretty handy and the rack holds plenty of books without the need for bookends.
I love this site and look forward to your feedback. Hopefully I’ll post some of my smaller projects soon also.