Ladder Shelf #3: Shelf build, assembly, finishing

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Blog entry by MasonJay posted 10-30-2020 02:45 AM 539 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My final steps were time consuming due to the lack of clamps I have. I got my shelf sides and back pieces glued up and sanded down to 150. Looking back on this process I wish my side and back were square stock and didn’t have the rounded edge, it made some joints look odd. One shelf I had square stock and was able to just route a slight round over profile evenly to them. It is a small detail that my family doesn’t notice but it’s a tip for the future me.

All that was left was the final glue up. I laid one frame down on the side and glued/clamped the shelves in place. Then I carefully stood the assembly upright and continued to clamp where I could with what I had. Double checked my final sanding and was ready for finish

I put a 1×2 across the top with pocket screws on the back for some more stability. Then I followed that same step and did three more 1xs with another up towards the top and the other two on the lower shelves. It surprised me how much this actually stabilized the lateral movement.

I finished it with 0000 steel wool and osmo oil which is a wax/combo. I love how easy this stuff is to work with and how forgiving it can be. Touch ups are a breeze too.

I like it a lot, so does the wife. Unfortunately during final glue up though it racked out of square. You wouldn’t be able to tell looking at it, but two of the legs opposite each other seem longer now giving it a little tipping action. Nothing a furniture pad won’t fix or a quick cut with the pull saw.

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