First real project in some years.

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Project by dannmarks posted 10-15-2017 03:13 PM 1001 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Table saw was in storage for about 10 years and I just recently was able to go get it and set it back up. So this is my first real wood working project in that length of time. It is apparent I am not yet comfortable with some of the other new equipment yet. From a distance these shelves are quite nice. But when you look more closely there are lots of areas that can be done better next time.

These shelves are 5 ft long and 3.5 high. They will be holding encyclopedias and other books. The next picture is to show the beautiful wood rays naturally in the wood. Sadly that is on the second self down and will never be seen anyway. The next picture is how well the joint was done. I used this Freud Adjustable Dado Blade. It is marvelous and was the first time I have ever used it. I could dial in the dado to within a few thousands of an inch in width. The wood was planed with in a few thousands of each other consistently. So the joint was about the best I have ever done. In addition I built a nice Table Slide to use. It is not pretty like many I see because I do not care if it is pretty. It is a wonderful tool – not furniture.

The next picture is to show how I did not sand the boards down enough and they show mill marks. There is no excuse for this as I know better. However, I have the new spiral carbide insert cutter head and it leaves such a smooth finish I was hoping to get away with less sanding. I did not work friends.

I am not sure if you can see the splotchiness of the staining but because it is Oak I thought I would not precondition the wood first. I have done a lot of wood working some time ago and I have never liked how I stain. So I am still working on that.

The last I will bring up is this clamping system. I purchased these 2 Jawhorse Clamp/work saw horses for clamping up. Oh my goodness these babies work great. I got them for $99 each. I looked on the internet the other day and found them for $111. They fold up to be put away when not in use. They apply 2000 lbs each and I put down paper towels under the board to catch glue on the saw horse clamps and the boards were 1-2-3 clamped, glue squeezing out and added a few more clamps where needed. I love these clamps and probably will buy 1 or 2 more. On the 5 ft long boards I could have used another one.

I love reading about your projects and I am happy to add one. If you see other opportunities for improvements feel free to comment. The shelves look fine and are going to serve us well. But doing better work is what I always want.

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#1 posted 10-15-2017 07:22 PM

sounds like you understand your mistakes and will learn from them,thats good,we all make concern about this though is you may experience some sagging,5ft shelf full of books may give you some problems?keep makin dust and it will all work out.thanks for sharing the bad or the good.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 10-15-2017 07:35 PM

It’s great that you’re able to get back in the creative mode.


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#3 posted 10-15-2017 08:25 PM

Yes I thought about that myself – 5 Ft stretch holding all those real books,.. But this fits under a mirror that needed shelves that wide. I made the boards from rough cut 5/4 red oak and was able to keep it at about .840 thick. So they are a little heavy duty than is typical. However, time will tell. I had these same books on 3 ft hickory shelves that were 3/4 ’ thick and they never sagged over 30 years. If need be I will put some supports in as needed. Thanks for your thoughts Pottz…

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#4 posted 10-23-2017 02:09 AM

The Book shelves are in the house and ready for books.

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