Open assignment using joinery techniques we learned
This is pretty straightforward, I knew we’d have an open final, and I’d be moving into an apartment for the summer, and making practical, usable things was the reason I signed up for this class, so I made a big bookshelf. I used cherry for the wood, half-blind dovetails to attach the top, and wedged mortise and tenons for the shelves. It’s not glued or oiled (or wedged) in these photos yet, but getting it done before the shop closed was a task in itself. Finishing it will be a summer project. It changed from its original drawing because the dimensions changed. I realized I had more wood than I’d planned, and rather than just having leftovers, I figured I’d use them while I could (I don’t have summer access to a woodshop) and just get more storage space for all our stuff.
use dovetails to make a simple box
Our next box project, using a different joining method called dovetails. Harder to be exact with than finger-jointing, this method is actually pretty cool, as it’s more secure and structurally strong as a joint than finger-jointing. It wasn’t too easy, mine aren’t perfect, but I should get plenty of practice on my next project…
I tried to go a different route with this one, keeping the boards pretty thick and very simple, with no sliding top or anything. I wanted to keep a very natural feel about the box, and especially liked the knot in one of the sides. Originally I thought about cutting along the grain on the higher side, and then filing or chiseling down on the other side, but I ended up just driving a chisel into the end-grain and letting the board split as I pounded the chisel through. It was a bit scary, just hoping the wood would split on the line I wanted it to, and it definitely took its own course a good deal of the time, but I got something decent out of it. A friend suggested I just use a slab of wood with the bark still on it, or peeled off, cut to fit between the two sides, as a top. So that’s something I’ll hopefully get to finish this off with at some point.