Fruit Shelf

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Project by Natedog posted 04-06-2011 05:04 AM 2407 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted something better then just a pie dish to hold fruit on the counter and this design came to me. This is first attempt at bending wood and overall I am happy with it. The vertical back/side is cherry and is made up of three laminations. The laminations were wet pre-bent to help in the glue-up. The back/side has a parabolic shape (yay math) with the sides cut back at a 45 degree angle. The two shelves are bocote with the top shelf strips 1/4” wide and the bottom 3/8” wide with a 1/4” spacing for both shelves. Finished with mineral spirits and topped with beeswax/mineral oil mix.

I used polyurethane glue with mixed results. During the glue-up of the first two laminations the glue buckled the inner layer because there was not a solid form and a waviness was created. Once the final shape was cut I was able to remove the glue at the voids along the edges and re-glue and clamp to help remove some waviness.

Overall measures 8 1/2” high x 10” deep x 22” wide.

Picture 4 is the glue up with the inner two laminations.
Picture 5 is the shelves glued in the slots cut in the inner two laminations. The ends of the bocote were trimed flush with the back.
Picture 6 is the third lamination glued on the back to cover up the back side of the shelf.

Yes I need more clamps. Nothing like using a 60” long clap when only a 6” clap is needed.
It also allowed using my new Veritas low angle block plane. I like! My first plane and I’m sure it won’t be my last.

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 04-06-2011 06:22 AM

This is one of a kind . pretty special project great job Nate


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#2 posted 04-06-2011 03:12 PM

That looks wonderful. You will enjoy it for a long time to come. I really like the two color wood combination.

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#3 posted 01-07-2016 11:49 AM

This is really unique, Nate. I like the outside 3rd layer that covers the shelf joints. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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