|Project by Chad||posted 01-15-2013 03:31 AM||1822 views||2 times favorited||19 comments|
This was my first major piece of furniture. The only power tools I had were a circular saw, a cordless drill, and a palm sander. It lived in my office unfinished for several months because I ran out of time before finishing it. I wanted to post it only because it reminds me how much I have learned (and may serve as an encouragement to those who are just starting out). About the only thing I wouldn’t have done differently is building it in two pieces. Here are a few things I learned:
1. Birch ply has its place, but it’s not the ideal material for everything. Like the trim work, which I made out of edge-banded birch ply instead of solid wood. Can’t remember why.
2. There’s this stuff called edge banding.
3. Don’t use your wife’s iron for edge banding.
4. Edge banding doesn’t solve all your problems.
5. A router with a flush trim bit would have cleaned up a lot of those edges.
6. Pre-marking multiple cut lines without accounting for kerf thickness causes problems; the problems get worse as you go.
7. Shelves need to come close to filling the space they occupy—otherwise they stress the cheap plastic shelf pegs to the point of failure.
8. They call it a “face frame” because it goes on the face.
9. A $7 plastic miter box isn’t perfect.
10. They make these things called “stop collars” for drill bits to keep you from going through your material. In a pinch, a hex nut epoxied onto a drill bit will work—for the first few holes…
11. A drill press would have been a much better way to drill holes for shelf pegs.
Looking back at some of my older projects, it’s encouraging to see how far I have come (although I still have a long way to go). But the journey never ends, and that’s why I am drawn to things like woodworking, where there is always room for improvement. A new tool…a new technique…a thousand mistakes—I learn a little every day.
-- Chad in Charleston, SC, http://www.etsy.com/shop/acousticallyblue