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Living Room Display Shelves #5: Wow - that is awesome! Oh NOOOOOoooooo........

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Blog entry by MarkTheFiddler posted 02-19-2013 02:49 AM 2086 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I started assembling the shelves. The backside of the narrow shelf was first. I was going very very slow but I was marvelling at how well it was coming together. I kept pullng out the carpenters square and the level. It was getting hard to contain myself. You see, my cuts were fitting so well that I’d check to see if I had it square and there it was. Not a 32nd of an inch off.

I Got the first backside finished with just the 3 main stretchers and stood it up in the garage. It just stood there as pretty as your please, no help from me. I checked the level. Perfect! Dead center on the bubble.

Now – I don’t have any work room in the garage – YET – so I worked on the Driveway. I got the back side built for the wider shelf assembled. I decided to add one side to the narrow shelf next and it was perfect! I ran inside to get my Iphone (makes for a lousy camera). I came back outside and was just marvelling at how my preparation had paid off. Then it happened – A gust of wind. It came from the right direction. My drive way is at a slope. The structure started to tip over. I knew I was too far from it to stop it. My heart sank and filled with horror as the compeleted corner of the shelf came crashing down on my driveway.

BANG!!! You are not supposed to stress those glue joints for 24 hours. That fall stressed the hell out of them. The rest of the afternoon was spent trying to fix the mess. I felt like a doctor in the ER. My wife said “Take a break and come Eat your Dinner!” We had Steak and shrimp. I could barely stand to leave my patient.

Dinner ended up being superb. With a full stomach I went back to my patient and kept working it back to square and level. I got it! It’s not quite as tight as it was but it’s still good and sturdy. With about 1/2 hour of daylight left. I cut most of the shelves for both pieces.

Sorry for the bad images. I’ll pull out the floods when I take final pictures.

I can’t add the shelves after the supportting structure is finished so they are going in immediately. I’ll add the final stretchers and upright column afterwards. Right now – I’m trying to figure out how I will conceal 2 small gouges. Wish me luck.

I will never trust the elements again! At least until tomorrow.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!



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SirGareth

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#1 posted 02-19-2013 02:54 AM

Ouch! It sounds like it could have been worse. You could have had liver for dinner. I’m glad it wasn’t too bad and it sounds like this will be a minor bump in the road, pardon the pun.

-- Even if you fall on your face, you are still moving forward. - Tim, Southern California

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#2 posted 02-19-2013 03:18 AM

Nice work Mark. Bummer about the wind. I’m sure you will get everything perfect without a sign of any mishap.
Hey….I thought that brick was going to get a make over…lol

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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MarkTheFiddler

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#3 posted 02-19-2013 03:54 AM

Gareth, you’re right! Liver. That would have messed up everything.

Gary, oh yeah! The fireplace makeover that never got off the ground. All I can say is – I’m still intimidated by the makeover. It’s still on the master list. ;)

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#4 posted 02-19-2013 03:08 PM

Mark,

...a tool slips, the stain blotches, the finish runs, the dust settles and of course, the wind will blow.

“It’s not how bad we screw up, it’s how well we can recover” that makes us successful.

I trust you’ll ‘endevour to persever’ and your catastrophic wind damage will soon be a recovery that you will share with us as ‘knowledge of the experience’.

The shelving project is looking Great.
Best Regards. – 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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#5 posted 02-21-2013 03:29 AM

Thanks much for the encouragement Len! You are always good at that as is Gary. Both Monday night and tonight I had a little Angel helping me to stain some shelves. All the shelves are stained for the narrow display case. I think she did a good job. Her inspector was a critical fellow but she didn’t mind because because she got a vote of “OUTSTANDING JOB” when she had the shelves just so.

She even put the first coat of poly on 3 of the shelves. Look out refinishers of America. A little girl is on her way.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#6 posted 02-21-2013 03:39 AM

Just tonight I realized why I have vaiances in the shading going across the grain. Daddy ran the ROS the wrong direction. I’ll learn one of these days. My daughter of course, got to see it first hand she’s only 11 so she’s far ahead of me. I was under the illusion that it didn’t matter which direction you ran the ROS. Wrongo. Plus, I had to do one pass and that’s it, It is veneered plywood.

I’m leaving them as is. They are already stained and I don’t want to risk another pass with the ROS. They don’t look terible and I’ll probably forget about variances after I take my nose away from my work. Besides, It looks good from Gary’s house.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#7 posted 02-21-2013 04:06 PM

Wait a minute….I’m getting up to look out the window….............
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HOLY SMOKES Mark!! ...those look GREAT from here!!!!!!

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#8 posted 03-06-2013 03:19 PM

Hey Mark…where’s the finished photos…with the flood lights..lol….??

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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