3 pc.bookcase cabinet series #4: Shopsmith and Bookcases and Cutting Poplar

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Blog entry by oldguy2 posted 06-13-2020 08:03 PM 399 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have am using my Second Shopsmith ,bought here as we moved to Phoenix. $800 with Jointer and Bandsaw. I had to sell my first one in PA as we moved. I had that one for 20 years and many accessories and upgrades. that buyer thought he could negotiate down the price until he came to see it. He was impressed with the extras. I got my price. I knew I was getting a quality tool, that is the usual comment you would hear from Owners..its quality. American Made in Ohio. Still being made and sold with more upgrades and accessories. So in my small shed shop this Table saw is really doing the task. Every rip is true no variation. 9 inch sides almost no need for jointing. Crosscuts using the miter gauge with a support board on 9 inch by 32 inch boards. Then cutting rabbits on the end of the top boards 3/8 deep and all 6 easy and true. During the week ripping the shelf boards to width and the 48 inch sides to 9 inch clean and easy. Poplar is proving to be a more solid wood than I expected, its not pine feels like a cherry or oak. Sands nice. So the carcass is coming along and ready to drill adjustable shelf holes in the side boards. I have been doing a lot of choosing as I pick out boards with flaws where I can put them on the hidden bottom side or on the top of the top board out of sight or maybe later for strips in the door frame and panels. Much more fun to work with solixtrasd wood than the plywood and looking forward to the final project end. I think July, making doors with the new rail stile set. I want to do some test cuts for this also on that Bosch Router table. Thanks Hal

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#1 posted 06-15-2020 02:55 PM

You’re a real craftsman, Hal.

I made a poplar bookcase a few years ago. I liked it pretty well too. I don’t mind the greenish color. I used a clear finish because I wanted a light piece. It’s one of the few projects I posted on LJ.

Yours, of course, is much more complicated.


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#2 posted 06-28-2020 05:14 PM

All ways great seeing the SS in action!!!

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