Thursday, February 22, 2007

I Made This!

Some of you may not know, but before I went to college and got a degree in computer science and became a software engineer, I worked in construction for many years. I had graduated to the level of trim carpenter with a great amount of pride.

Anyways, over the last few weekends, I have been hard at work on a set of end tables, and I wanted to share them with you.

The body is made of poplar, while the top is made of 3/4 inch birch plywood. The top is dadoed into the body with a blocked-notch corner joint.

Overall, the design is Mission inspired, you might note from the slat bottom. I am not a huge fan of the full blown Mission style, so I tried to keep it light.

I wanted to go with a light stain, but my wife talked me into a dark stain. We went with a Jobobean and I think it went really well overall.

Oh, and for those of you who don't know, you can find most of my posts these days at Montana Netroots.


JP said...

What did you use for a final finish over the stain? Also, how did you attach the top to the leg structure? Did you use buttons and grooves, or pocket holes?

I am FAR from being a trim carpenter, but I sure do love making sawdust, and have a small pile of 3/4 and 1/2 birch ply and some poplar to make roll-out drawers for our pantry. Figure I'll groove in the base of the drawer, dado the back piece and rabbit the front with poplar.

That's a real nice piece, Shane... real nice.

pjfinn said...

Very nice work. You do yourself proud.

tmm said...

Very nice indeed. My table saw is jealous. What I don't get is how you have time for it all.

Shane C. Mason said...


The final finish is just a satin polyurethane spray. For attaching the legs, my wife made it really easy when she told me that she liked the looks of plugs. I just grooved them and attached them with screws which I capped with flush plugs.

Tmm, two ways: I have given up sleep and have managed to master Hiro's (From NBC's show Heroes) ability to manipulate the space time continuum. Also, I have cloned myself 3 times. One was a republican so I had to do away with him...

Thanks for the compliments guys. When the second one completely finished this weekend, I intend to put some better pictures up.

Wacko Lib said...

Nicely done Shane...hey, if you ever want to take up fine woodwork as a career, come see me!

Cody RA said...

Yeah, that's just what Gibson needs--two major shitheads working in Belgrade.