Rocket Bookcase #5: Beginning Stage Two

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Blog entry by RaggedKerf posted 08-23-2013 09:38 PM 987 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Coopering the Base Part 5 of Rocket Bookcase series Part 6: Assembling Stage Two »

Haven’t had a lot of shop time in the past week, too many tasks around the house and yesterday was a complete wash (rain all day makes for stir-crazy kids). But, I did get out there today and made some sawdust.

First I took the random orbital sander to the coopered first stage section and smoothed it out into a nice purty arch.

Then I got busy cutting and planing the sides of the second stage. I want to let the final design of the hatch on the coopered section of the first stage percolate for a few days before I get back to it.

Once the sides of the second stage were pocket screwed and glued in place, I began work on the bottom shelf, which is curved like the others, only half as deep. Ironically, I got better, smooth results—-even faster—-from the hand powered coping saw than from that P.O.S. Black and Decker jigsaw we have. Amazing.

This shelf will be the template for cutting the other two so I am taking my time and getting it right.

Then I put it all together for a progress picture. I’m liking how this is turning out!

Time today: 1 hour.

Total time: 10 hours.

-- Steve

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