Small beginnings

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Project by DrPuk2U posted 06-15-2013 07:24 PM 1297 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s hardly Chippendale, but it’s the first actual piece of furniture I made in my shop. I’ve built a number of other items (ramps, set of stairs, a number of tables and racks for the shop, etc.) but this is the first actual piece of furniture. Just a handy little stool or side table, depending on the occasion. Made out of mahogany.

True to my motto I made some truly dopey mistakes along the way but I finally got it done. The top was relatively easy – the cross pieces are dadoes into the stretcher. Never used a dado before. Tricky to get just the right width.

But the legs… boy it took me a lot work to figure out how to get them right. In the end they aren’t really right but by the time I figured out how to do them correctly, I was NOT going to throw out the legs and start over. So it is what is. A little footstool or side table.

Oh and I learned that those funky bolts with two heads where one threaded end fits into the shaft of the other are called Chicago Bolts. Who knew? Not me.

Now on to a bigger project, an entry-hall shoe bench.

-- Ric, Western Oregon, "Design thrice, measure twice, cut once... slap forehead, start over"

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#1 posted 06-15-2013 07:32 PM

The beauty of woodworking is learning from your mistakes for the next one! It still looks great and keep it up.

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#2 posted 06-16-2013 04:19 AM

Good build! I like the table. Congrats on your dive into furniture.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#3 posted 06-21-2013 04:04 AM

I’ve built several of these and on one I made the mistake of doweling the top slats on. Took most of the day for something that should have taken me an hour. I just wish I had the time to make a few of these because if you stick one of these and an Adirondack chair in your front yard with a for sale sign on it, you can make 200$ – 250$ easy.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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