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.

6 comments:

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...

Jp,

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.