Living Room Display Shelves #1: "The old cliche about the devil"

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Blog entry by MarkTheFiddler posted 01-14-2013 04:24 AM 2223 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The devil is in the details. That’s especially true for an impatient lout like me. When it’s close to being done, I want it done now!

I decided to work backwards. My shelves are going to be surrounded by the same style of trim I made for my home. I decided to use a little facetted rossette pattern in the major areas. I’ll let you see for yourself a little further down.

I started with solid cherry flooring – $1.00 a foot. I had to strip the finish with a belt sander. I then cut strips with a 7 degree angle on them. Those strips went on the miter saw and it took me the better part of an hour to figure out what the heck I was doing. I can give specific details in case anyone should want to do these.

Once I got my brain in the right place I would cut a good triangle, make an offcut, good off etc. I have a lot of offcuts…. ;) I have some plans for them.

After I cut a bazillion triangles (x2 for offcuts). I started assembling. What a pain. I built a couple of jigs to get me moving much faster.

After I assembled the diamonds, I did some preliminary sanding then took a close look and filled any imperfections with sanding dust and glue.

I got a count at that time and found my self 4 rosettes short.

I pulled out the belt sander, knocked the finish of a board, set up the table saw and made my three cuts, set up the small miter and had all those triangles made within 45 minutes. I took a break and decided to glue those up. My Miter was set at 47 degrees!!!!!!! Firewood! I even had to dig the offcuts out of my stash of “good” offcutes.

My next attempt took 30 minutes. I had 1 triangle to spare.

Funny thing – I was thinking about getting an HF table top sander today but decided instead to just save the cash and prop up my ROS.

Glad I did. I just saw a review advising me to save my money.

Anyhow – I’m glad I did this part first. It would have been junk if I tried this when my patience was worn out.

They are pre-sanded down to 320 grit. I think I’m going to start on the tung oil and have the finish done before I assemble the shelves. If They are finished, then any accidental glue squeeze won’t stain the wood and I wont have to resand. They are fairly easy to sand now but it will become a nightmare they are attached to the shelves.

If the devil is in the details – well – maybe I avoided the devil this time.
The next devlish part is the rest of the trim. I’ll keep working backwoards and do the part I’m dying to do – last.

Thank you all for showing me better ways to think about woodworking. Double thanks for the timely review on the HF table top sander.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#1 posted 01-14-2013 04:26 AM

Sorry – I forgot. 12 corner rossettes and 12 flat rossettes.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#2 posted 01-14-2013 01:15 PM

nice job! I’m the EXACT same way…when a project gets close to looking done, I want to hurry and finish…I’m always telling myself to slow down or walk away so that I don’t rush and make silly mistakes.

-- Steve

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#3 posted 01-16-2013 05:11 AM

Here they are with some finish. I have one coat of poly to go. These are pretty much ready to be attached. I’m thrilled with how the tiniest details turned out. I’ll find out if working backwards was a good idea on the end product.

Steve – that’s some sound advice. I know it’s true but I also see the stuff I “SHOULD” have have walked away from. Even knowing that I should walk away doesn’t help me sometimes. Do me a favor and give me a good swift E-Kick in the pants next time I’m rushing to lay a floor or finish some trim.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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