|Project by Chris McDowell||posted 08-24-2012 11:23 PM||2111 views||4 times favorited||19 comments|
I was hesitant about posting this, but I thought it would be good to look back on to see where I started.
The joints are half-lap. I hand cut them with a cheap Stanley backsaw like the ones that come with miter boxes. I wanted to do something that would help build skill with a saw. I also didn’t do the traditional 45 degree joints on my chop saw because I didn’t think I would be able to hold the joints together for the glue to dry since I don’t have a band clamp or anything like that.
I finished them both with 3 coats of boiled linseed oil followed by an application of paste wax. It was also my first experience finishing anything.
Both pieces are from the same trash pile and both the same kind of wood (southern yellow pine, I believe), but the one with gray streaks had some kind of fungus or something. The oil and wax really made the grain pop out and it’s crazy how different it looks than before sanding and finishing.
I had a blast making these even though it is something simple.