Living Room Display Shelves

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Blog series by MarkTheFiddler updated 02-19-2013 02:49 AM 5 parts 10805 reads 36 comments total

Part 1: "The old cliche about the devil"

01-14-2013 04:24 AM by MarkTheFiddler | 3 comments »

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 sand...

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Part 2: Well alrighty then!

01-22-2013 01:20 AM by MarkTheFiddler | 13 comments »

I started cutting the trim that will used to face all the frame. I made some very nice 45 degree rips. I love that Freud full kerf rip blade. I reset the saw to 90 degrees and proceeded to cut the other side (flooring). Um, my bevel slipped a few degrees and I didn’t notice it until after I ripped the other side of every board. How did I notice you ask? My table saw broke. Under most circumstances, I’d take it to the shop. NOT this time. It’s a $100 harbor freight spec...

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Part 3: Finally seeing something!!

02-11-2013 01:54 AM by MarkTheFiddler | 8 comments »

Before I tell you about my progress I want to share something. If I quit woodworking today, this project has cost me over $1100 so far. I can buy some really nice shevles for that kind of outlay. This project has plagued me. Harbor Freight SWS brand table saw went kablooey. Replaced with BOSCH – $599 plus tax.Harbor freight belt sander started malfunctioning. Replaced with Porter Cable. – $169 plus tax.Bought Central Pneumatic pin nailer (HF) $25.00 Some reviewers said it worke...

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Part 4: Assembly required!

02-17-2013 02:05 AM by MarkTheFiddler | 4 comments »

I have a bazillion pieces ready to put together. They are stained and have the first coat of poly. I need to cut the shelves and a mountain of interior pieces. If I were more competent, I could cut those now but I want them to fit very tightly for additional structural strength. I need this entire project done by spring break because I’m redoing the guest bath. I really don’t want this one in the way. Off we go…...

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Part 5: Wow - that is awesome! Oh NOOOOOoooooo........

02-19-2013 02:49 AM by MarkTheFiddler | 8 comments »

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 ...

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