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Blog series by depictureboy updated 10-03-2008 04:40 PM 4 parts 5257 reads 13 comments total

Part 1: Money is tight - Anniversary Present for the Wife

08-21-2008 08:12 PM by depictureboy | 12 comments »

Well with the help of several people in the forum I have figured out how to make a really cool shelving system for my wife. We have a bare wall in our living room that is just screaming for something cool…so using a catalog that I get ideas from I decided I am going to try and build this: The hard part about this was the ‘free floating shelves’. This is where all the great LJ people come in to really help….using their thoughts and some late night magnifying glas...

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Part 2: Gathering the pieces

10-02-2008 06:55 PM by depictureboy | 1 comment »

Well I have started on this project over the weekend. I have a friend who is a furniture craftsman as well as primitive flooring installer. Since I keep my eye out for him on craigslist for wood deals, he gave me 25 board feet of QS white oak that he has been air-drying for 2 years. I took them up to a local dealer to have them planed and jointed, and let me tell you what, they turned out beautifully. Even the owner commented on how beautiful the figuring from the rays are. It was definately ...

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Part 3: My day off.

10-02-2008 07:08 PM by depictureboy | 0 comments »

Well last week I was on-call at work and it was a hell week. So I got to take a full day off as a comp day. YAY!! So I have the stiles and rails cut as well as the shelves(though they aren’t cut to finished length yet.) Today I focused on notching the stiles as needed and constructing the frames. Having gone through this process now, I have some thoughts to share with those who may be interested in trying this out themselves. 1. Lay out your stiles and rails and figure out whic...

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Part 4: One Shelf Down - Two to Go

10-03-2008 04:40 PM by depictureboy | 0 comments »

Last night I worked on my first shelf. Let me tell you I was very nervous. First thing I did was working with some scap. I got it worked out so that I had a test piece that had the correct nosing depth and thickness to test my frame notches. When I first created the notches on the frames, I went ahead and made them a little bit smaller than 3/4. I did this because I really want a tight fit between the frames and the shelves. So with my notch tester in hand I checked each notch and then san...

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