WHC: Week 15

Unfortunately I don’t have a nice new raised panel door to show off.

I went in on Tuesday and listened to the lesson about stain and stealing. The instructor talked about techniques and different types, and how it’s pretty much all about what each person prefers.

I glued my panel together, waited for it to dry while watching someone else do their panels, and then trimmed one edge. Then the two machines I needed were in use, and the shop was gonna close in a half hour, so I went home.

I have more to share in March, as the two month countdown to the build begins!


WHC: Week 14

On Tuesday I went in for the second last lesson: attaching the top and trim. I decided to skip the trim on my end table, so I wasn’t too concerned with that. However, it does look nice. As for the top, it’s just a matter of screwing it on from the inside. I finally cut my top to size, but the instructor had to head out early and he closed up the shop, so I didn’t get anything else done.

The club is also open on Wednesday night and Saturday during the day, so I went in today for a couple of hours. I cut and roughly sanded all the pieces for my top rail and my raised panel door. In addition to my drawer and drawer front, I now have a top rail, a piece to screw it into, two rails for the door, two stiles for the door, and two pieces that I’ll have to glue together to make the panel. All the pieces are a little long, as I was taught, so I’ll be trimming them next time. Hopefully after next class I’ll have a raised panel door to show for my efforts!

WHC: Week 13

Last week and the week before were super snowy so wood hobby club was cancelled twice in a row.

This week I went in for an hour and a half to learn the lesson on raised panel doors that I missed a while ago. There are so many steps! I did not imagine that building an end table would be this complicated and involved. Neither did anyone else, apparently, because I was the only one who showed up this week. To be fair, the course was supposed to end before Christmas, but as I’ve repeatedly read, building projects always take longer than planned. There are still two lessons left: attaching the top and trim, and staining and sealing.

I didn’t get any work done on my project this week because I wasn’t feeling 100%. I’m naturally lazy, so I was kind of looking for an excuse not to do anything, but I also refrain from using power tools when I’m over-tired or shaky. Plus I need to do a bit of math because of what I changed on my project.

Hopefully next week I’ll have more to report!


"It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare. It is because we do not dare that they are difficult." - Seneca

"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." - William Morris