So when Allen made the vanity table for a young girl and posted his build here, I was quiet inspired by it.
My good buddy from Scouting days has a young daughter and her birthday was coming up so i thought i would build her one as a gift. I also feel given she is 1 girl in a 3 kid house that she deserves a little treat. The boys in that house are football crazy and she often has to spend hours at the field when she really aint interested ( she told me on the side).
So being Sketchup challenged i used Allens pictures to get a basic plan going. Not being totally comfortable with the hinged lid Allen chose i decided to turn this into quiet a project for myself. Its now a little over due already but its getting there and hey you cannot rush a good thing.
So here are a few pictures to feed the picture police.
First the top, is gonna be from nice maple boards and will fold up down the middle rather than the whole top. Just in case this has to double as a bed side table and needs a lamp to stand on it.
These are the boards ready for glue up
Attachment 48848 Not the best picture but will have to do for now.
Then i could almost do a tutorial on the butler hinge. I think i am wishing i had never heard of this hinge before. But i like it. They work so well and for my half top lift it will be perfect.
Attachment 48851 Attachment 48852 See the spring plate that holds it in position.
Here is my test mounting of it on scrap maple.
Attachment 48850 You can see how it will stand open with no other assistance.Attachment 48849
Then despite my love affair with my router since Toni sent me Carols book, I am still trying to get the template right. Here is proof of my attempts.
Attachment 48853 This is Mk 1, 2 an 3 and here is Mk 4 and its still no darn good.Attachment 48854 Still need more pratice in this area but i think i need a sander too.
Then I picked up some African Mahogany for the legs and sides from Century Mill Lumber they got shorts 5/4 going for $4.50 CDN/ bdft.
For the legs i wanted a lighter design and made the legs 1.25 square from some other mahogany offcuts i had picked up there for a songe before.
I then tapered them down to 3/4 at the base from a bout 4 inches or so from the top. After looking at the legs i decided to bevel the legs on my router so the legs now became Octagonal tapered legs.( what a mouth ful).
Here are the sexy legs.
Attachment 48855 Attachment 48856 Attachment 48857
There is another picture and the sides to do so i will carry on in the next post.