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Building a Simple Shelf #1: Cutting the Wood

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 08-04-2015 10:34 PM 2486 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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[Legebla ankaĆ­ en Esperanto]

My daughter asked for another shelf in her room. Here’s how I made it.

[Below] I had an old pine board which had previously been employed in a bookshelf at our church. I planed it both sides to remove the dark stain and correct a slight cupping. (I wish I had photographed that as a tip. Basically you support the concavity with a strip of wood, then plane it off.) I ripped the board down on the table saw and cut out the length of shelf I needed. You can see the pieces that resulted.

[Below] Taking the one large piece of scrap, I divided it with a line diagonally and freehanded a shape for the shelf brackets using just one half.

[Below] After cutting it out on the bandsaw I used the newly cut piece as a template and drew a copy on the remaining half.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!



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Oldtool

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#1 posted 08-04-2015 10:38 PM

I don’t think I would trust that support with that large knot, appears to be pretty weak.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 08-04-2015 11:48 PM



I don t think I would trust that support with that large knot, appears to be pretty weak.

- Oldtool

Well, it might be ok, if she’s not putting a hundred pounds of books on it!

-- Dean

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Dave Rutan

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#3 posted 08-05-2015 12:07 AM



I don t think I would trust that support with that large knot, appears to be pretty weak.

- Oldtool

The knot doesn’t go all the way through, so I’m not very concerned about the shelf structurally. She also won’t be putting anything of weight on the shelf. It’s destined to hold a mouthpiece for a trombone and euphonium, valve oil plus a lightweight cardboard box that holds the cleaning paraphernalia.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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