|Project by Aaron||posted 09-13-2013 05:09 PM||955 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
After a several year hiatus, I have begun to construct a workshop in my unfinished basement and am getting back into fine woodworking. I am an engineer and tend over think, over analyze, and desire perfection. For this project I held all feelings back, and made something out of all of the scrap that I had floating around.
As my first quick project I wanted to make a small decorative table to go underneath an upstairs window. Goals were to have a smooth, nicely stained top and bottom with a white painted frame to match the rest of the house.
As I only had a mitre saw and cordless drill at the time, I had to be strategic in how I built and joined everything. I picked a 1×6 piece of red oak for the top and bottom shelf, and also had the lumberyard rip a 1×3 piece for additional “wings” for the top piece. The edges were “semi” pre-jointed enough for me to live with, so I used pocket hole screws, glue, and clamps to make the solid top piece. It actually turned out really nice.
Made a simple frame out of some cheap 1×2 pine, with 2×2 pine legs since I had the material on hand. Next project I definitely will stay away from pine being used for stability as it really did not do a great job. If any LJ’s out there have suggestions for affordable hardwood alternatives I would be all ears.
Sanded, sanded, sanded, then used some dark stain and 3 or 4 coats of poly on top. Painted the frame separately from the stained pieces then assembled everything with lots of pre drilled screws.
It turned out well, stable enough when leaning against the wall, and holds up a few pictures and some of my old pottery.
Hope you enjoy and if anyone has constructive comments please fire away!