|Project by garbonsai||posted 01-18-2013 09:14 AM||3078 views||12 times favorited||25 comments|
The Mid-Michigan Woodworkers Guild had a pallet competition last meeting. The goal—create something from a single standard pallet. Seeing as I had roughly two dozen of them out in the garage (I have a few spots I check on a semi-regular basis for the purposes of snagging any decent looking wood), I took the pick of the litter in terms of relatively straight stringers and slats. Imagine my surprise when I ran one of them through the planer and ended up with the figuring on the end pieces.
This is the first piece of furniture I’ve ever created. My experience is more in refinishing, and in rough carpentry. So I learned a lot while putting this together. And I cut a lot of corners.
The table frame is has biscuits in the corners, and the slats are glued into a slot running around the inside edge. I could have simply captured them in place, but I was afraid there might be a little play left to right, and they might slide around given the chance. The tapered legs were created by laminating four slats together (after planing them), and then cutting them free-hand on the bandsaw and finally sanding them on the belt sander. The stringers are mortise and tenon, although I cheated like mad—I don’t expect them to hold up, as I simply shortened the tenon, rather than rounding it or squaring the mortise (I didn’t have a 1/4” chisel). Finished with a coat of BLO about an hour before I took it to the competition—I’ll probably rub on a few coats of semi-gloss poly before putting it to use.
The last picture was taken at the competition. There were only four entries, so I don’t feel particularly awesome in saying that I won first place. But it does feel pretty good.
Thanks for looking!
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