|Project by adamclyde||posted 06-25-2013 03:51 PM||2583 views||3 times favorited||14 comments|
At midnight last night, I finished this desk for my son for his 6th birthday this morning. Talk about cutting it close!
While I’ve done a lot of things around the house, I consider this my first real furniture project. And though it is pretty simple, it still presented me with a lot of challenges. For some earlier challenges with design and construction I made a few blog entries (now I need to write up my final entry).
The desk is made of solid walnut, except for the bottom base, which is walnut-veneered ply. The legs are tapered below the aprons to subtly lighten the overall feel of the desk. The aprons and stretchers are all connected by mortise and tenon joinery. I got the hinges from rockler, which were an antiqued brass and matched very well. It is finished with two coats of danish oil. It will receive two applications of wipe-on poly top coat in a few days.
Because this was my first project, I made a number of mistakes, but honestly, it turned out much better than I thought it would and overall, I’m really happy and proud of the final product. My goal is that this will be around so my son can give it to one of his kids.
There are a total of 14 mortises in the desk. Considering I’ve never cut a mortise or tenon before, it was a challenge but with the plunge router was easier than I would have thought. The tenons on the other hand were harder and I ended up hand cutting each tenon with my gent saw. Good practice, right?
The tenons on the stretchers were a challenge since they are on a tapered leg. I cut the mortises before tapering the leg, then after tapering the legs, used the legs themselves as a reference for laying out the shoulder cuts of the tenons. (I also built a tapering jig for this, which I’m really happy with).
This was also the first project where I’ve had to flatten boards that wouldn’t fit in my joiner. Thanks to my newly acquired scrub plane from my dad, this was actually pretty fun.