|Project by RGtools||posted 08-31-2013 03:13 AM||2501 views||10 times favorited||24 comments|
This is a repeat of a project I had done earlier. I was walking through my harvest room with a friend when I said mostly to myself “I need to build a few of these to sell”. She ordered one on the spot, which I grossly underbid myself on, but oh well on that front.
I really like some of the things I have done differently on this one. I can’t think of much else I would change. Here are some of the differences.
1. The trays are made of much thinner material than on the first version. This makes them much lighter and easier to haul around.
2. I used 2 tails per corner on the trays rather than a single tail joint. This was an offshoot of thinning down the trays…trying to preserve as much strength as possible.
3. I took the time to shape the feet and tops of the posts…still need to do that on mine.
4. I let the tenons protrude so I could shape them…this touch was worth the 30 minutes I spent with a rasp.
5. I added one bay of trays. More drying space is a good thing.
This project has 98 components and 68 joints (I don’t count the nail joints in that).
I cut the dovetails by hand over a weekend. I used a bandsaw, handsaw, chisel, and router for the mortise and tenon joints.
It was a slog, but a fun one.
PS My wife was very supportive during the two months I spent taking all my free time working on this. Any suggestions for how I make it up to her?
-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan