|Project by SteveTaylor||posted 01-29-2013 05:45 PM||815 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
Hi All, Been a while since I had a chance to update here, so I beg forgiveness.
This is a shaker-style nightstand I made from my daughter. Its made from African Mahogany and finished with an oil/varnish blend. The secondary wood was aspen. This was my first attempt at dovetails for the drawer, and turned out not too bad, IMHO.
The Mahogany is a beautiful wood with very nice alternating grain patterns, but made it a royal pain to plane. After a few attempts, and not having a high angle bevel up plane, I gave up and switched to scrapers and sandpaper. The tearout, even with my smoother, was horrendous. I didn’t have access to 8/4 stock for the legs, so I laminated 2 pieces of 4/4 wood, and then tapered them. You can tell if you get very close, but I think it turned out well.
Perhaps using wildly figured wood was not the best choice to learn to handcut half-blind dovetails on, but I think they worked out OK. As with any project, the journey was more than half the fun, not just the look on my daughters face Christmas morning. I learned alot on this project and enhanced my skill set. Other than using a drill press to hog out the mortises, all the joinery was hand cut using handsaws, chisels, and an old Stanley router plane. But I think for the next one, its time to but a shoulder plane.
The only negative comment my daughter made was “So, where’s the one for the other side of the bed?”. So I now have another piece of Mahogany out in the garage, waiting till I have time to do it again.
Thanks for looking, and happy sawdust!
-- "I learn more from my mistakes than my successes....so I learn quite often."