so it turns out i'm going to take my own advice and keep a log for my next project. my wife and i need new coffee and side tables. they'll be fairly straight forward arts & crafts style so they fit in with the rest of our decor. i'll start with the side table as i want to play with some details, proportions and possibly some subtle (or maybe not-so-subtle) leg shaping on a less expensive piece that i can give away if we decide we don't like it.
i'm trying to clear out a large project (which i haven't shown you yet..) but i'm down to a couple of very minor trim pieces and figured i may as well start roughing out parts for this project while i curse and fit the trim.
for the record. i can't stand built-ins..
anyway, as this is the first actual project that i've started since i began the blog, i figured it would be a good one to, well.. log, i guess. plus, it's such a simple project that it'll be fun to play with the process a bit. i'm not trying to find out how quickly i can build this. in fact, i plan to take my time. i want to get an idea of how long steps might typically take at a nice easy pace. if i want to sit and fuss over some meaningless detail for an hour or two i will.
here's as far as i got in sketchup. just enough to get the dimensions and proportions sorted a bit..
i was able to sort through my rapidly dwindling stock of cherry, rough out parts for the top and decide on a pleasing panel arrangement in an hour. crosscut with the bow saw, jointer-planer-jointer, and ripped to rough width on the table saw.
thought i had some 8/4 for the legs but i don't so i'll have to stop and pick some up in the next day or two.
total hours so far = 1