|Forum topic by BustedClock||posted 06-30-2011 10:36 PM||2596 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
06-30-2011 10:36 PM
I’m trying to make a stand-up computer station that sits on top of a regular cube-farm desk. I’m a noob at wood-working and thought this would be relatively simple (looks don’t really count in this instance). I was thinking of a 2X2 red oak… frame I guess you’d call it—four legs with 1X2 stretchers, with a baltic-birch plywood top.
I started by trying to cut mortises in the top, and the project immediately went south. After laying out the lines for the mortises, I used a hole-saw to cut out the waste, then tried to use a jig-saw to cut the holes square. I guess most of you already know what happened: the birch layer chipped like crazy, the holes weren’t square or smooth, trying to chisel the holes looked even worse, and no amount of wood rasp plus elbow grease would clean things up. Where did I go wrong? Or, perhaps the better question, did I do anything right?
-- Hey, I'm usually right twice a day! Except where they use 24 hour clocks.