Greene & Greene Magazine Rack - my "own" design

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Blog series by Mike_D_S updated 07-13-2016 02:29 AM 11 parts 21915 reads 50 comments total

Part 1: Basic design layout

05-16-2016 09:31 PM by Mike_D_S | 5 comments »

My wife has some books, magazines and a few other things she uses often and they tend to sit on the table or off to the side of where she normally sits to read. She asked me to build her a magazine stand in a similar style to the Aurora night stand I recently finished. So I took up the challenge to do something in a similar style which would have obvious visual ties to the Aurora table, but not a copy. I spent some time looking through my reference books and gathering my ideas. Then I d...

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Part 2: Tweaking the side panels for better flow

05-18-2016 02:11 PM by Mike_D_S | 1 comment »

So taking the input from the first post, I went back and looked at the piece again. This is where I really like sketchup as a design tool. Being able to rotate and spin the piece let’s you get a real feel for the flow from the sides to the front, etc that you wouldn’t get with a more traditional 2D layout approach. So I spent some time looking at the rack with eye level being about the middle of the piece, trying to see how I felt about the flow from side to front and then ag...

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Part 3: Adding joinery to the Sketchup model

05-23-2016 03:47 AM by Mike_D_S | 4 comments »

For design purposes where I often draw components and then remove them, I usually take the easy route and draw things as overlays rather than as a real part. But at some point you have to actually build something and that takes some type of joinery. I’m still an amateur, but I’m slowly learning. Doing the joinery in sketchup helps me see how things could fit together. So here is an example of how I do it (which I’m certain is not the easiest way). When I start...

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Part 4: Stock choice and starting prep - discovered Peruvian Alder

05-26-2016 02:25 AM by Mike_D_S | 4 comments »

So I went to my local favorite place to get some African Mahogany to start the stock prep for the piece. While I was wandering around (I’ve never once walked in this place picked up a piece and walked out) I saw a piece of wood with a very striking ribbon grain pattern. It actually looked a bit like the African Mahogany, but more of a brown tone. Turns out to be Peruvian Alder. Some of the boards have a pronounced ribbon grain with an iridescent sheen to the grain. So I’m t...

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Part 5: Stock prep done and joinery started

05-29-2016 03:21 PM by Mike_D_S | 2 comments »

So I spent most of yersterday morning jointing, planing and cutting. All the stock is now to the correct size. The Peruvian Alder has a pleasant smell when cutting. It’s fairly easy to work. The biggest challenge was the planing as the ribbons have a tendency to tear out a bit and on the ends of the board, the tear out actually ends up being a chunk torn out. Though this was typically limited to the last 1/4 of the board which I’m going to cut off anyway. So after a couple...

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Part 6: Joinery 90% done and a quick dry fit to get a quick look

05-31-2016 12:26 AM by Mike_D_S | 5 comments »

A good day in the shop today, made a lot of progress on the joinery. I knew I needed to cut some very long slots for the side panels where they go in the legs, so I was thinking about putting together a jig for this. But I needed to run to Woodcraft to pick up a rabbeting bit and while I was there, I saw they have the MPower CRB7 router jig on sale. I don’t know it’s the best jig out there, but it does offset mortises among other things, so I decided to give it a try. I ri...

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Part 7: Making the Blacker style leg indents and fitting the center panel dividers.

06-12-2016 03:45 PM by Mike_D_S | 6 comments »

So yesterday was mostly detail work. I started out by making up a jig to help cut the Blacker style leg indents. The jig is simple and pretty close to other ones I’ve seen to do the same thing. I’m not sure how much I’ll re-use the jig, but the jig is sized for 1.75” legs and I added a few accessory pieces. One of them is 1/4” insert that can slide in the side of the jig allowing me to use it for 1.5” legs. The insert is basically just a 1/4” x 1...

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Part 8: Doing the finish on the case and shelves, case assembly

06-22-2016 03:22 AM by Mike_D_S | 8 comments »

So I got busy, but have been doing some work in bits and pieces. The first thing was normally I assemble and then stain, but with all the small ledges and the inset panels on the side, I decided to do some of the finish work first and then assemble. I stained all the pieces and put on two coats of wipe on poly on the inset panels. This way, if the panels shift a little at some point, there won’t be any unstained wood peaking out. I also did a dry fit prior to putting on the dye st...

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Part 9: Double disasters.... and recovery ending with assembled case

07-01-2016 04:30 AM by Mike_D_S | 8 comments »

I’ve been busy with a few other tasks around the house and the weather has not been cooperating much, but i finally got a chance to spray the final lacquer top coats on Tuesday. I use a poor boy spray booth which is essentially an EZ-Up with 2 or 3 sidewalls (depending on the breeze). It works well for small projects and as my house is right in the middle of a fairly heavily treed neighborhood, the wind break effect lets me get away with it. But it does mean that I have to wait for r...

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Part 10: Breadboard top assembly and dye, preparing the ebony accents

07-04-2016 04:30 AM by Mike_D_S | 1 comment »

I was derailed the other day, but I focused yesterday and today on getting the breadboard top for the magazine rack together. To refresh, I had the top panel glued up and the BB ends cut to size from earlier, so I started by insuring the top panel was squared up and cut to size with my table saw sled. Next, I rigged up my router table with the slot cutter and slotted the panel ends and the inside of each breadboard end, making sure to raise the cutter for the BB ends to keep the slot cent...

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Part 11: Finally done

07-13-2016 02:29 AM by Mike_D_S | 6 comments »

So I got the top finished and mounted it to the case using Z clips. Here is a pic, but I’m going to create a project with all the pics.

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