Without further ado, here are a couple of the things that I was able to complete during the class.
Some of the steps included planing the wood, gluing it up, more planing, tons of sanding and using the jigsaw before sanding it more. Mine is made from Dark Walnut and one other (maybe Beech? I can't recall). When all finished, I oiled it up with mineral oil. Not thinking about where I placed it, it has sat on the window sill just above the kitchen sink for around 4months. When I took this picture, I realized how many water splatters and therefore color alterations it already has. Guess it's time to sand it a bit with some 400 grit sand paper and oil it again.
I love the cutting board so much and got so many complements that I made a few more Oregon cutting boards as Christmas gifts (including a mini version that my friend Chris, who I always talk about, plans to turn into a book end) as well as a California cutting board for my friend Katie (it came out super skinny so I think it will more be a display piece or just for maybe a log of goat cheese).
And the big project that we did next was supposed to be a plant stand. However, I altered the size a bit so that we could have a side table for next to our living room couch. I have been looking for a table for a couple years now-it needed to be relatively narrow at just over a foot wide. And oak. And have a great place to hold a beer (ok, let's be honest, maybe two).
This project took a ton more work but I really enjoyed it.
I was delighted to learn that we would be joining all of the parts of the table (with the exception of the top) together with mortise and tenon joints-many arts & crafts pieces of furniture are joined this way. You basically use a router to cut out all of the pieces and then adjust sizing as needed to make the male and female parts fit accordingly. I had to use a file and chisel to make the male pieces quite a bit smaller but it all worked out. After many fittings and making sure everything was plumb and level, I glued it all together.
The only hardware consists of two screws and plates (can't recall the name but they basically are a bit loose and allow to wood to expand and contract easily without damaging the wood and keeping things study at the same time). The plates insert into little cuts in the frame of the wood (you can see the slits in the pix 3 above).
Another thing I like about the table is it is white oak-the same kind of oak that our dining room buffet is built out of.
|1920s Heywood Wakefield living room chair detail|
|custom built dining room buffet detail|
After all the glue was dry and the piece was home, I finally got around to staining it between Christmas and New Years. That's when I attached the two pieces of hardware. Already loving it and Steve is using it to hold his beer as I type. Mission Accomplished.