After receiving a table saw for my birthday last week, I dove right into my first (non-birdhouse) project. It’s been a bit of a learning experience.
Skills I think I’ve acquired:
Cutting wood to equal sizes using a stop block
Shaping wood, somewhat, using the table saw
Using my Kreg Jig
Stuff I need to work on:
Nailing! (Who woulda thought?)
So basically, I’m building this little flip-top table based on these plans. It’s a simple enough project made simpler with the Kreg Jig. I think most of the assembly went pretty well but so far I’ve run into some problems. First of all, I didn’t take the time to try to square the 2×2s I am using as legs in place of the stair legs. I’m not quite comfortable enough with the table saw to run such small pieces through just yet. Anyway, after I put together the side aprons with the legs it quickly became apparent that the 2×2s weren’t as equal as I thought they were. This is my own fault; I should have been more careful selecting the lumber and probably should have taken the time to mill it as best as I could with my limited resources.
Also, some of the boards I was using in the assembly were a bit warped. Again, I maybe should have used more caution when selecting the boards but they were the best ones I could find. I was using the cheapest lumber I could get for now, in part because I am just learning; for my next project, I might find something small to do so I can spend a bit more money on the wood and hopefully will run into fewer aggravations of this sort.
After those initial hiccups, the assembly yesterday went smoothly enough, I guess. I had the table put together but for the top. The joints were clearly not square in places but I think when it is ticked in the corner and painted up, nobody would notice but me and anybody who actually looked very closely at it. I’m not terribly satisfied, but as a first project, I could have done worse.
Ran into another, stupid, problem when I put the back part of the top on. I thought I was very clever using a piece of scrap wood to measure where the rear apron connected with the the top (which I had glued on). But when I started driving some nails in, a number of them came out the back side! Again, I wasn’t careful enough. These are fine little finishing nails and I can’t seem to get them back up out, so I guess I’m stuck with them for now. Sigh. It’s irritating to say the least, because I probably could have prevented this kind of an accident if I had paid more attention before finishing the nails off.
Oh well. Live and learn.
Here come some pictures. Sorry they’re not properly rotated, but you get the idea.