Rocket Bookcase #4: Coopering the Base

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Blog entry by RaggedKerf posted 08-22-2013 02:12 AM 1379 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Finally got back to work on this project…I dove right in with making the staves for thr coopered base on Stage I. My plan is to make a nice curved wall and cut a hatch into it so Keaton can put toys inside.

I did some calculations and discovered I needed 12 pieces of wood, angled at 3 degrees per side to make a nice arc. Here’s the basic idea:

To make the bevels, I needed a jig to slide each stave into for planing. Nothing fancy, just some scrap pine cut to hole the staves on their sides.

Like so:

After a little planing with a test stave, you get this:

The Nice Ash and WoodRiver planes really made short work of the pine staves. So, I needed to glue and nail these pieces to the bookcase:

Until I had the whole front in place. Real quick like, I hit it with the Nice Ash Plane and rounded all tye edges. A little work with the orbital sander and it should be nice and smooth.

Time today: 2 hours.

Total time: 9 hours.

-- Steve

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#1 posted 08-23-2013 01:48 AM

nice jig. the bevel on the piece in jig looks more than 3 degrees, or is it the photo. anyway nice barrel front.

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#2 posted 08-23-2013 02:08 AM

LOL yep you spotted it. That was a test piece. That was nowhere NEAR 3 degrees. I just wanted to see if it held and it did…then I just kinda started having fun and got carried away. The others had closer to a 3 degree bevel.

-- Steve

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