|The outfeed table finally gets some real use. 6' pieces no problem.|
Cutting out the dadoes and rabbets for the sides was a simple procedure once I got the dado set up to the right width. I worked out a cutting order for the sides, and got to work. Since my sides were cut up square and both pieces matched, assembly went through without much hassles until I got to the back.
|Dry fit looks good.|
|It all fits!|
Aside from that adventure with sizing the back, the assembly went pretty well. I got to test out my narrow crown stapler that I got from Harbor Freight. I have to say that for being a tool that didn't cost me more than $30, it performs great. I suppose part of its good performance comes from the Senco staples (that I think might have cost more than the tool).
I spent some time today working on the finish details. Since this piece is Shaker-inspired, I wanted something a little more on the classic side. I also wanted to try out some dye on this project. Since I was online buying air inlet caps for my brad nailer and finish nailer, I noticed the site I was on also sold aniline dyes. I picked up a bottle of cherry rosewood and pilgrim maple. I wanted to give this a shot since it was water based and the colors seemed to take a lot faster than the stains I can find in the store here.
|It sure goes on strong...I hope that I don't regret this.|
|It looks good with finish on it and under the light.|
|Aside from the blotchy part near the knot, it took on the pine well.|
I didn't do much milling of stock today since I was testing out finishes, but I did manage to build the edging for the case and put it together. I spend the rest of the evening sizing up the drawers and I'll probably build those tomorrow. After that, I have to size up the top and build the base. I should be able to finish the woodworking on this by Sunday, then I have to finish it.
Nadine seemed happy with it even though it's only about half done, but she'll finally have a place to store her kimono stuff once it's finished. I do have another dresser I want to make, but I think a bookcase might come first. I'd like to get all my books and stuff back in my room. I still need to make my nightstand too.
So many projects...so little time and so little good wood available. I could really use a surface planer so that I'm not limited to wood from Home Depot and Lowe's.
|Pine edging is applied. Time for some sanding and more sanding...and drawers.|