This Week in the Woodshop: Footboard, Pt. 2

Last week, I showed everyone the biggest project sitting on my workbench.  This week I completed the footboard just in time for Valentine’s Day.  I celebrated its completion by buying my wife a dozen roses, and taking her on not one, but two, dates in one weekend.

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Completed footboard. Click on the picture to see the Sketch Up file and examine the construction.

But I’m back in the doghouse, I mean, woodshop now.

I hope you enjoyed the pictures.  I designed the footboard with dovetailed (and splinted) carcass, rear panels from birch ply floating in dados, solid wood support beams on the ends.

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Finishing this guy was an adventure in and of itself.  I discovered a rule about shellac: never use shellac when it’s raining.  The humidity causes a white-ish blushing.  I had to wipe off the shellac with a rag soaked in alcohol to solve the issue…which caused most of the unevenness you can see in the photos.  It’s not terribly noticeable in real life, but the flash brings out the worst.

Make it safe & keep the rubber-side down  this week.