Building my first pieces

So far, my attempts at carpentry have been going quite good. I haven’t managed to chop my fingers off (or others) and I have managed to challenge myself quite often. Last week, I completed my first challenge- I finished a table. It was a 5-square foot beauty that is not worth a lot, but it certainly means a lot to me. I initially planned on gifting it to a bunch of friends, but I certainly don’t think I have the heart to give it up now.

First table carpentry

Here are some of the things I’ve learnt in my attempt to build the table. First of all, I’m glad I invested in a good workbench. Secondly, it took a lot of time getting the joints and the legs right- but I did not want to build legs that were not absolutely perfect or would start wobbling after a while, so I am glad I spent a lot of time on those. Third, I’m glad this is a learning process as well, because I had no clue that temperature and moisture had an impact on the wood. I moved the table from the garage one night because I was sure the rain would damage it and the table measurements slightly changed when I was working on it at the house basement (this added to the extra working time as well).

But hey, that was an amazing experience and I’m thinking of tackling cabinets next. Or maybe another table. Just for practice.