|Project by David Regan||posted 03-09-2013 08:43 AM||1221 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
As my first post, and as a beginner woodworker, this is one of my first projects that I feel at all worthy about sharing. (It’s been a lot of learning :) My apartment is a small brooklyn affair, and kitchen space has always been limited. My girlfriend suggested some extra sort of prep-top, so here was my rendition of that.
Given the first-time nature of the project, I didn’t go all out for some more expensive hardwoods, which probably would have been a wiser, and more attractive choice, but kept it simple with some kiln-dried pine. Average Home Depot fare. The inlay is Oak. Inexpensive and good to learn on.
My main ambition was to learn some mortise and tenon joinery, and this did just that. There are twenty two joints in all, which I’m happy to say by the end of I felt a lot more comfortable cutting with a chisel than I did to begin with. All in all the creation was quite rudimentary, another limitation of the small apartment is not much space for shop tools, so this was just a hand router, cross-cut saw, and the chisels. I actually used the router less and less, I initially thought I would use it for the mortises, and ended up finding the chisel was more precise, faster, and better fitting. It was great however, for the channel pictured above, in the top surface that the base sets into.
Top is finished with an epoxy glaze. All in all many things I would do differently, (especially in regards to finishing) but this was a great project to learn some basic joinery!