|Project by Hoosierdaddy||posted 04-12-2013 10:42 PM||821 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
Been a long long time since I’ve posted up anything here….mainly the drought of last summer made working on ANYTHING in the garage intolerable. I’ve come to realize I’d rather work in a below freezing garage any day than to be in an above 95F degree garage.
So, I’ve always wanted to build a sofa table and thought why not get a chance to play around with mortise and tenon joinery too. I’d had high hopes of doing the base exactly like I wanted….painted a pure white and the topper being joined and biscuited planks of mahogany….more on that later.
Well the bottom came together pretty quickly, except the thing is so wide….16” to the outsides of the legs, that by the time I came up with a suitably wide top, it came out over 20” wide and almost 7’ long. What I had envisioned was something about 12-15” wide, and just as long….that’s what you get for not working from a plan I suppose.
The legs were poplar and have a slight taper, the rails are pine and the lower cross members are poplar too. This got assembled over a weekend or two, then sat forever in the garage as I struggled with jointing individual planks of mahogany….never really getting the joints I wanted. Plus the previous toy box entries ate into my supply of mahogany too.
Fast forward to this last weekend where I had grown tired of moving the thing around in the garage I went to Lowes and got one of those mega planks of glued up spruce….20” x 96” if I recall correctly. Put a coat of Kona on it, three coats of Poly and voila’. Well, there was a serious amount of sanding to get one side of that spruce to be presentable too….LOTS of mill marks when you looked at it in the right light.
Lessons learned….I need a shoulder plane, desperately. I need a Roubo workbench worse. I REALLY need to commit to paper before starting anything like this again.
Now the wife and youngest daughter are fighting over who’s going to get it.
Many thanks and look forward to a more temperate summer!
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