Building a Simple Shelf

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Blog series by Dave Rutan updated 08-06-2015 08:03 PM 3 parts 6333 reads 6 comments total

Part 1: Cutting the Wood

08-04-2015 10:34 PM by Dave Rutan | 3 comments »

[Legebla ankaĆ­ en Esperanto] My daughter asked for another shelf in her room. Here’s how I made it. [Below] I had an old pine board which had previously been employed in a bookshelf at our church. I planed it both sides to remove the dark stain and correct a slight cupping. (I wish I had photographed that as a tip. Basically you support the concavity with a strip of wood, then plane it off.) I ripped the board down on the table saw and cut out the length of shelf I needed. You c...

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Part 2: Sanding and Milling and... Oops!

08-06-2015 12:57 AM by Dave Rutan | 2 comments »

[Below] I stuck the two brackets together with double sided tape and sanded the rough band sawed edge. [Below] Then I set my router to add some decoration to the outside edges. In this photo I’m setting the guide bearing of a Roman ogee bit to the halfway point of the thickness of the wood. [Below] Only the top portion of the bit is used, giving the edge a concave groove. [Below] The brackets get this treatment on both sides. It not only fancies it up, but also make...

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Part 3: Gluing, Finishing & Finished!

08-06-2015 08:03 PM by Dave Rutan | 1 comment »

[Below] The brackets are held on by glue alone. This is still working fine for the shelf I made for my daughter last year. Here you can see my fancy tape clamps holding things together. [Below] A few coats of spray lacquer and I call the shelf done. The installed shelf can be seen on the [project page].

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