I’ve decided to give woodworking a try, and for my first project I am making a knitting machine table. Last week I went to Lowe’s and bought the wood, stain, and varnish. I started out by cutting the legs from 2 X 4’s since they really didn’t have the exact wood I needed. I ripped the 2 X 4’s into the 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ pieces I needed and tapered them using my taper jig from Rockler. I then drilled the dowel holes with my drill press. So far everything seemed to be going ok.
Today I decided to put the legs and the apron pieces together and stain everything before assembling the tabletop. I cut my first apron piece and had my first woodworking noob mistake: the wood I bought for the apron was lacking 1/2″ in width, so the holes I drilled for the dowels weren’t going to work. After some cursing, I decided to go out to my shed to see if there were any pine boards that I could use to cut new pieces for the apron from instead of making another trip to Lowe’s. Luckily, there was a long board in the shed, but it was in really rough shape. I needed practice ripping boards anyway, so I decided to try to make do with the rough piece of lumber I found.
Luck was with me, underneath the rough exterior of the board was some nice useable product! I managed to cut the old boards into the dimensions I needed without destroying them. I was pretty pleased!
After getting these boards cut, I had to drill my holes for my dowels in the ends. I rigged a quick jig by taking a piece I cut from the end of an apron and measured the hole locations. I then nailed two small pieces of scrap to two edges so it would fit square on the end of the apron pieces. Next investment will probably be a real jig for doing this, my solution was neither pretty nor elegant.
It was finally time to break out the glue and clamps to start putting this thing together! I inserted my dowels into my glue-filled holes only to discover noob mistake #2! I had drilled the holes on the wrong side of the legs! Argh! I got my tub of wood putty to fill in the holes, and will hopefully be ready to sand down and re-drill on the CORRECT side in a couple of hours!