the last decade, I have touched upon many aspects of woodworking. From
the simple jig-sawn pigs and bunnies to the more elaborate fiber
optic tables, my skills and tastes have changed dramatically. I was
quite content to make "country" or "crafty" items
at first, but as I became more aware of the woodworking world around me,
the simple things just didn't provide the challenge I needed. What's interesting
is that now I am turning around and heading back to the simple projects
but with a hint of intricacy in them this time. For instance, an early
jewelry box used finger joints, piano hinges, and was made of pine. However,
today's jewelry box would be made
with dovetail joints, precision hinges, a nice hardwood and a touch of
Largely due to my
disatisfaction with many of today's power tools, I suspect that
in the coming years, my approach to woodworking will begin to incorporate
the use of traditional hand tools. Will the projects be better? Who knows?
I guess we will all have to check back here and see.
Gallon Aquarium Stand and Lid
simple project with one daunting requirement...
to hold almost 1900 lbs of salt water, gravel, fish, and lighting.
Overall dimensions 75"L x 36"H x 27"D.
Made from oak
lumber and plywood. Raised panel construction of the lid was required
due to the tremendous amount of heat and moisture inside. The base
has dovetailed drawers built around solid oak supports.
Finished with 3 coats of pre-catalyzed lacquer.
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