Cherry book rack #1: My wife wanted to build it herself

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Blog entry by sandhill posted 05-28-2013 04:54 AM 2154 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My wife has always been a supporter of my wood working and even got involved with building a picnic table once. This time she asked me if I would guide her in building a book rack for the books she reads on a regular basis of course I agreed. It will be made of cherry and stand 29” tall and 30” wide and tapered from top to bottom with a 10” shelf at the bottom and two “V” shelves above and all through tenons, here is a picture of her using the jointer for the first time and the parts all done. So far she jointed, planed and glued up the sides and bottom shelf then cut everything to size. I will make the MDF template so she can cut the through mortises with a router.

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#1 posted 05-28-2013 05:10 AM

She’s a pro! She will be challenging you now.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 05-28-2013 10:25 AM

You better get used to waiting in line for those tools now, Bob! :-)

BTW, make sure she wears protective eye gear!! She’s got those ears covered, but even a jointer can throw out a nice little speck at her.

-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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#3 posted 05-28-2013 10:35 AM

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#4 posted 05-28-2013 01:23 PM

I think it’s wonderful that your wife is having a go. She will probably find that she enjoys woodworking, especially after experiencing the pride of making a nice piece of furniture. Nothing better than both of you sharing the same interest.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 05-28-2013 03:12 PM

I agree guys and its great to work with her. She is very creative as well, she does stained glass, china painting and quilting, we do a lot of things together. We are both having a rough go of it right now with 2 surgeries and 3 hospital visits for her and a kidney scare for me (last CT scan today) plus 3 disc’s needing some work on them in my back but things are headed in the right direction with hopefully 100% recovery for both of us.
Thanks for looking more to come I hope

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#6 posted 05-28-2013 03:39 PM

We must bow down to your intellect.

You Sir are the consummate Shop Fox , with her interest in the shop, the opportunities abound. ;-)

”...honey that would be so much [choose one; safer, more accurate, easier] if we had a (insert your next tool purchase here)”. :-)

Seriously, it’s great to have your best friend showing interest in your passions.

Best Regards. – Grandpa Len.

Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#7 posted 05-28-2013 05:28 PM

Well that’s a good start. Be sure to show us the finished project when she completes it.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#8 posted 05-28-2013 09:47 PM

Todays outcome; I’m having surgery soon to remove a Facet Joint. The joint will have to be removed for access to a synovial cyst then titanium posts are placed above and below with a rod and a support pin to keep them apart. Bottom like no wood working of any kind for 6 weeks then some limited to no twisting, lifting, bending. This can be up to 4 months to full recovery for 100% with careful rehabilitation I’m happy to say.
I had another CT scan done today so I should hear from the Doctor about the mass in my kidney next week.

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#9 posted 06-06-2013 05:42 AM

I made a bit of progress today on the book rack. My wife’s schedule has become so hectic that she turned the project over to me so here is what I got done today.

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#10 posted 06-06-2013 07:29 AM

Looks great. Beautiful wood too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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