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Blog series by RaggedKerf updated 06-05-2014 02:43 PM 11 parts 15760 reads 4 comments total

Part 1: The Design

08-17-2013 12:03 AM by RaggedKerf | 0 comments »

Wallowing the success of the princess castle bookcase, I quickly realized that with our third child due in February, it was high time to make Keaton a bookcase of his while I can. It’s too cold in the winter for painting and finishing, so with Sara’s blessing, I finalized the design and began gathering materials. Here’s the idea: Keaton loves…I mean LOVES rockets. We have a narrow but tall space in his room that just begs for something like a narrow boo...

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Part 2: First Cuts

08-17-2013 12:05 AM by RaggedKerf | 0 comments »

This design for this bookcase calls for a simple shape for the backing. In the previous post I mentioned splitting it in two for ease of construction. Here’s how I did it: Using the Versacut, I freehand cut every line in about ten minutes. Using the built in laser guide made it easy. In the end, I had some nice sharp, accurate angles and two rocket stages cut out. I couldn’t resist stacking them, so here’s the final height, 70”: It took far longer...

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Part 3: Stage I Assembly

08-17-2013 12:08 AM by RaggedKerf | 0 comments »

Busy day today! The Stage I carcass is nearly complete! I planned on attaching the sides, cutting the curves of the shelves and putting everything together. And I did, but there was some jig making that had to be done first, which ended up being a permanent bench modification. Read on, MacDuff… To get the side panels to fit the design (which was changed after I cut the first curved shelf and realized a side panel 10” deep would make a really weird look) I ripped the sides...

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Part 4: Coopering the Base

08-22-2013 02:12 AM by RaggedKerf | 2 comments »

Finally got back to work on this project…I dove right in with making the staves for thr coopered base on Stage I. My plan is to make a nice curved wall and cut a hatch into it so Keaton can put toys inside. I did some calculations and discovered I needed 12 pieces of wood, angled at 3 degrees per side to make a nice arc. Here’s the basic idea: To make the bevels, I needed a jig to slide each stave into for planing. Nothing fancy, just some scrap pine cut to hole the s...

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Part 5: Beginning Stage Two

08-23-2013 09:38 PM by RaggedKerf | 0 comments »

Haven’t had a lot of shop time in the past week, too many tasks around the house and yesterday was a complete wash (rain all day makes for stir-crazy kids). But, I did get out there today and made some sawdust. First I took the random orbital sander to the coopered first stage section and smoothed it out into a nice purty arch. Then I got busy cutting and planing the sides of the second stage. I want to let the final design of the hatch on the coopered section of the first s...

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Part 6: Assembling Stage Two

08-27-2013 01:48 AM by RaggedKerf | 0 comments »

Had a little time today and thanks to the Kreg jig, made a lot of progress, relatively speaking. First up, I used the coping saw to make a duplicate shelf for the upper stage. Then I cut out a rectangular shelf for the very top and sanded everything smooth and to the correct size for a snug fit. Out came the Kreg and in a few minutes I had pocket holes drilled for all the shelves, glue applied and screwed in place. Once clamps were applied to the sides, I came back and drilled pilot h...

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Part 7: Update

09-24-2013 09:13 PM by RaggedKerf | 1 comment »

Still working on this project but due to a back injury I’ve had to slow waaaaay down on my projects, chores, just about everything. In fact, the only positions I could be in and be somewhat comfortable was either laying on my back or standing up. Carrying stuff and leaning forward or back is right out. And it’s been that way for 3 weeks. But, I am going to a chiropractor now and things are just starting to improve (but man it feels like I’ve been hit in the back with a 2...

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Part 8: The Hinge...and my return!

12-04-2013 08:12 PM by RaggedKerf | 1 comment »

At long last, I was cleared (sort of) for duty back in the shop. This back injury has been a doozy and has brought my woodworking almost to a standstill—-and at the worst time too. With daytime highs now in the low to mid 30s, my unheated shop is all but closed up for the winter. Undeterred, I am powering through the rough spots. I picked up where leaving off oh, a month or two ago, and cut out the pieces for the hinge. I think this picture is pretty self explanatory: ...

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Part 9: Painting (at last!)

06-05-2014 02:30 PM by RaggedKerf | 0 comments »

It has been entirely too long since I last worked on my son’s bookcase. Since then, my wife has given birth to our second son, and now there’s a toy box looming on the horizon to build! I’ve been waiting on the weather mostly the last month but winter is FINALLY losing it’s grip on Wisconsin… Today was the first reasonable day (56° and sunny) that I had help with the kiddos and time to work. So work I did. Spent three hours and got two coats of Behr Ultr...

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Part 10: Detail Painting...

06-05-2014 02:38 PM by RaggedKerf | 0 comments »

NOTE: for some reason, the images keep getting jacked up on this entry. So I’ll just the text. If you want to see the images, click here and see my blog. I got back to work on the painting today after a week or so of bad weather. It helped a lot that Mom was in town and kept the kids occupied 24/7 (hey, when grandparents are around, mom and dad become chopped liver – I have learned to embrace this blessing!) Started to add the black detail stripes today. Here’s th...

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Part 11: Liftoff!!!

06-05-2014 02:43 PM by RaggedKerf | 0 comments »

Don’t know what it is about these last two posts…I’ve done something wrong and the images are just HUGE on the LJ blog. So…click here see it on my wordpress site. Once the paint dried, there was not much left but to install the drawer-shelf (with a piano hinge): Here it is closed: And then glue and attach the main hatch (I put 2 screws up from the inside to hold the hinge as well) and here she is: Then the final step was carrying it upstairs and installing...

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