|Project by Thos. Angle||posted 03-30-2014 12:21 AM||1100 views||0 times favorited||16 comments|
I have needed a night stand beside my bed for over a year. I had a little metal table that was about 18 inches high but it just wasn’t big enough. When I built my new kitchen table I had two pieces of pine , 24×24 left over. I also had a big piece of skirting leather that was so tough that I was having trouble cutting it into any complicated shape. I looked around the shop and found some 2 X4’s that weren’t too bad and a little left over pine. I glued the leather to the pine table top with Barge Contact Cement after squaring it up with a hand saw and rip saw. I think it ended up being 23 1/2 by 23 1/2. I then remembered that one does not glue leather to a pine glue up and expect it not to split. There are two cleats on the bottom of the table. It’s best to use MDF under the leather. I carved and stamped the leather and then added strips on the edges. The strips are dyed and glued. I then added upholstery tacks to add some interest and to make sure the leather stayed put. I then got out my worm drive circular saw and ripped out the legs at something like 28 1/2 inches. Next I got the rip saw(hand) and ripped the taper on one side of each leg. Then it was time to get out the #5 and #4 1/2 planes and get to work. I don’t know what the legs measure but they are all the same. I ripped some 1 x pine to 1 3/4 inches and cut the tenons with my tenon saw. I laid out the mortises and pounded and dug with my mortise chisel until it all fit. I glued it up and added cross corner blocks to help the narrow apron. I sanded it to 220 and then sprayed it with black enamel. Yeah, it’s just rattlenamel but it made it black and shiny. The top is finished with Saddle Tan Hi-liter from Tandy Leather and topped with Fiebings Saddle lacquer. It’s now holding up an old horseshoe lamp that I was given and I can see to read my book in bed. I’m still not sure how much fun it is being a galoot but it seems to be satisfying.
-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon