Knick-Knack Window Shelf #1: Knick-Knack Window Shelf Part 1

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Blog entry by Critterman posted 01-12-2008 04:15 AM 1588 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi all, been quiet on my own stuff lately mostly because I’ve been busy trying to figure out how I’m going to do this particular project. The project (as seen below) is a Knick-Knack shelf that resembles a window with a mirrored back. The only part keeping me puzzled it how I will do the curved front. Here is a pic of the sample I got off of Google:

Knick-Knack Window Shelf Example

The original was painted/milk paint maybe, but I’m going for African Mahogany. Not sure how everything is going to work yet, but most of the joints will be dadoes and mortise and tenon. I’ve began by building a sort-of prototype (out of scrap) just to get an idea for the dimensions i want and radius etc. Here is what I came up with thus far:

Knick-Knack Window Shelf Prototype

Now, like I was saying the curved front is the part that is giving me trouble. In the prototype I simply made kerf cuts in 3/4 plywood and bent it. I won’t be able to use that for the final because of the routing on the face for the finished product (see example). So, I figure my only other option is to laminate several 1/8” mahogany sheets on a form to get what I need. My worry there is again…how will the routing come out and will the bottom of the bent front look too much like plywood at the bottom? Experimentation may be the only way to tell. So, what challenges are there to sum up…well. The curved front as I already said and routing the front (all around the window panes) after assembly are going to be tricky. I think I’ve got the rest…I think.

Any advise or comments…good or bad are welcome by the way.

This is the first time I’ve done something simply from a photo, no plans or ideas to go on. A big challenge and the next hurdle in my education. We’ll see how it goes :>)

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#1 posted 01-12-2008 04:22 AM

Just doing it it the best way to learn. Looks like it has worked for you.

Good looking job!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 01-12-2008 04:58 AM

I believe that the routing will go ok. But, I was doing some routing on Saple which is called African mahogany and I was getting a lot of chipout. In certain areas of grain structure there was not a log of strength between the grain pieces.

The first time doing what I was doing. I had to change the router bit design. I was doing a corner instead of a miter I was doing a cutout somewhat like a dovetail.

Good luck.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 01-12-2008 11:54 AM

I hope you get it figured out. It is a nice looking prototype. Keep us posted.

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#4 posted 01-12-2008 01:13 PM

Thanks for the heads-up Karson I’ll do some test runs before the actual project. I have noticed in past use that planing there is some grain reversal on some pieces, especially where there is burl or a knot. I’ve tried to keep an eye out for that too. Still not sure of the profile for the routing yet anyway, I blew the picture up and….well I’ve got to get everything else done first anyway…lol.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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John Gray

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#5 posted 01-12-2008 06:11 PM

Keep us posted? Thanks for sharing.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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