Even though February is the shortest month, it feels like it's lasted forever! I couldn't figure out what the cluster-fuck was about, but I wasn't the only one experiencing it. it seems like everyone I've been speaking with has had a frustrating February.
When Mercury is Retrograde
2014 Retrograde Dates
Ordering a lot of wood allows me pick and choose the boards I want for my top.
Because this piece is going to be a dresser, there are probably going to be a few things sitting on top of it - maybe a phone, or an alarm clock. So I decided to make the top of this a little differently than these two versions shown. I wanted a gap between the top and the vertical back board, so that an electrical cord could be fished behind the piece.
So I made two executive decisions - to notch the top around the legs, and to raise the vertical piece up a bit, creating that gap. I have big plans for that back board... just wait!
Normally you'd notch the piece after the whole top is finished. But I thought that might be difficult, based on the size of the top. So I decided to notch one of the boards before I glued the top together.
Damn, I nailed it! I notched it on the table saw, cutting the board vertically. It was a perfect fit.
In fact, both sides perfectly. I'm so glad Mercury in retrograde is over.
Once everything was notched, the top was glued together.
If you save a few rips of wood that you've trimmed from your boards, they act as clamp pads, so the clamps won't ding your edges.
And there is - the first thing I've worked on in months! If I'm lucky, I'll unclamp and plane it today. It's always exciting starting a new piece....