|Project by polopapa||posted 12-30-2013 11:33 PM||939 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
This is a variation of a project from Wood Magazine. I made the stand about 6 inches wider than called for in the plans, and instead of two narrow drawers, opted for a single, deeper drawer, figuring it would be more practical. This was my first project using mortise and tenons. There are probably quicker ways of making them, but I made my mortises using a drill press to rough out the section, then finished to size with chisels. As for the tenons, I cut them to rough size on the table saw, leaving them a bit oversized. Then, I pared them down gradually until I got the fit I needed.
Since I needed to move the project indoors to do the finishing, I went with a water-based finish. The man at the local Woodcraft store suggested the General Finishes High Performance semi-gloss product, and I’ll tell you, I love the stuff. It lays down and levels nicely, no bubbles or brush marks, and produces a very nice finish. I’ll have to take some time one of these days to do a review of that product. The surprising thing is that there was no raised grain, something I absolutely expected. Perhaps working in oak minimized that, but nonetheless, a good outcome.
This was a gift for my daughter, and word is that she wants another one, and a dresser to match. Keep ‘em wanting more, I guess.