Christmas Display - My First Commissioned Project #2: Building the Base and Shelves

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Blog entry by GrumpyCub posted 11-09-2016 03:24 PM 877 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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At the end of my last post, I had cut the dovetail slots in the bottom of the post and test cut a dovetail on a piece of scrap to see how it would fit.

I have now completed all of the legs for this display to include hand cutting the dovetails (the router table approach just wasn’t working for me), and cutting arches in the bottom of the legs. The purpose of the arches is to make the unit sit on 5 points rather than flat on the floor. This should make it easier to level on uneven floors.

Once I had the legs in the post, I turned my attention to cutting our the shelves. To cut a perfect circle, I replaced the base plate on my plunge router with a home made circle cutting jig. I measured the radius of the shelf out from the edge of a 1/4” inch straight bit on the jig and screwed it to the center of the shelf. Here is the result:

Rinse and repeat for the remaining shelves, reducing the radius of the cut as I go.

The shelves are actually equally spaced, but this picture makes it look like the top shelf is further apart than the rest.

Right now the shelves are just catching the tapered post at the correct point. I will add arms under each shelf to prevent the shelf from racking.

Thanks for reading!

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