Thanks for all the great comments.
@sstruck - Actually that grain on the drawer front was accidental, but now you mention it, I realise it does look kinda interesting. So I have already picked out a similar meeting of grain (not sure what the tech term is) for the drawer on the twin I am making now. That is why I love this forum. Thanks for the great idea!
@kenp "everyone else will just say "wow, you built that?!"" - too true. My wife is delighted with it (cheap furniture to order, yay!) and that's what matters most - means she lets me buy more tools, and that's what carpentry is all about, right?
@microtus "Like just about everything else in life, the more you do something the better you get at it."
So true. Yesterday evening I cut the tenons of the side pieces for the twin of this table. I didn't have any bevel edged chisels when I was making this table but I got some off ebay at the beginning of this week, which I sharpened up. So this time I was able to property tidy up the shoulders of the tenons like in my book, and I was feeling like a proper woodworker and patting myself on the back. Problem is - I got this great idea that I could square up the ends of the table legs using the same chisel and avoid using the blockplane which I always end up getting tearout with. Two minutes later I was standing in the bathroom at the end of a trail of blood clutching kitchen towel to a nice deep chisel-shaped puncture wound on my finger! That will teach me to get ideas above my station...
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