Book Shelf for mother-in-law

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Project by MikeSpanky posted 09-16-2014 10:54 AM 1606 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Got back into woodworking this year and have thoroughly enjoyed it. I did a lot when I was younger. My job at the time became a real hindrance besides some family issues do I gave it up.

My wife and I have decided we’re going to put in some new cabinets. She had seen some work I did for others years ago and was fine with me taking on the task. We both felt custom cabinets done right would look better and fit what we wanted. The problem was, and still is to some degree, my tools were either getting too old or I needed new things to accomplish this coming chore. Thank goodness for a wife who understands the need.

I began in the spring adding tools. I bought several routers, a Kreg router table, a few quality jigs and build a few of my own. Since my father passed last fall I was given his old craftsman table saw and it has been a godsend. Not sure that it will hold out to the end but like I said, I have an understanding wife.

I’ve been mostly tweaking my skills and scrubbing off the rust of years gone by during the summer and learning and trying new methods. This project was one for my mother-in-law who is an avid reader. My wife suggested I make her this cabinet for her 82nd birthday. I was glad to give it a go.

It’s made from soft pine, which is not my favorite at all but felt it turned out ok. I put it together with pocket holes (a tool that was not around years ago when I built cabinets). I love this jig.

The cabinet is 46 in wide by 38 in tall and 7 in deep. I used minwax Cherry stain then added a gel stain above it trying to darken the pine and find a favorable cherry that matched her cabinets. Last I applied 3 coats of wipe on poly fast dry. Surface is not perfect but I learned some interesting things not to do in finishing.

This is my first post but I have been on LJ almost daily for months. Hopefully I will get to post some Christmas gift ideas when completed.

-- There's no crying in woodworking. Just measure and cut again.

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#1 posted 09-17-2014 11:35 AM

A nice looking book shelf ther Mike, I like the detIls, the swept look on the crown, the four leafed embellishment in the bottom center. Woodworking is always a learning experience, and you always learn new “to do’s” and “what not to do’s” on everynproject. I look forward to seeing your next creation.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#2 posted 09-17-2014 04:59 PM

Mike , not bad at all for your first time back at woodworking. I am also one of those who took a long leave from woodworking and am trying to get back into it again. I am starting to build out my tool list and am looking for a place to be able to have a shop so most of my work now is just DIY fix ups around the Apt and my daughters house when I vist her.

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#3 posted 09-17-2014 09:25 PM

Yeah woodworking again has been great for me, Richard. I think what you learn stays with you kinda like riding a bike. But it does help to get yourself in shape again. There’s something about the solitude found in the shop that brings a peace of mind for me. Wondering now why I hadn’t returned to woodworking a long time ago.

OttoH, the embellishment was purchased. Wish it was me. Had very little time to put this together but decided this would dress it some. Women like this kind of embellishment too. It’s all about scoring points right? The curved upper and lower face is mine. After drawing out the pattern, I cut it on the bandsaw, followed by a router. The lower face is slightly varied from the top.

-- There's no crying in woodworking. Just measure and cut again.

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