I got so excited about how my first end table
came out, I jumped into a second one with a design change: add a drawer.
But did I add a 4" drawer like Charlie
suggested? No, I decided to "maximize" the drawer space, designing a 1x6 front. That makes a 1x8 blind on the side. This was going so well I "maximized" the lower shelf reduced the overhang of the top. So I drew that up NOT TO SCALE. Not so smart (I need to learn Sketchup
Then I build the table last weekend using Kreg joints and gluing them all (My dad taught me "It's the glue that makes the bond" at about the age of 4, right after "Righty Tighty, Lefty Loosey" - so it is hard for me to kick the habit).
The result is a boxy, chunky, un-elegant behemoth I have been trying unsuccessfully to grow fond of all week. (This is a flattering shot)
I am determined to remake the table with better proportions (smaller drawer and shelf, 1.5" overhang on the top...). So my question:
Is it possible to take this table apart cleanly enough to reuse the wood to make the smaller table?
If I had not used glue, I think this would be doable. But will I get these joints apart cleanly? And can I remove the glue well enough for the oak to take the stain evenly?
I used Titebond Original Wood Glue
. Do I soak it? Chisel it? Or do I just need to start from scratch?
There are details of the table that I do like and would keep in the remake. The glue-up came out nicely, I put cross pieces at the ends since the short face will be the front.
And I put chamfers on the legs, a minor detail, but it does look nicer than my first table.
So, I would love your feedback: Do I try to take this apart and remake it? Or do I start from scratch?