i have an 84 by 16×39” Parsons Bench. It is in my second bedroom, up agains the only avalable wall in the room (it’s a gambrel house; my outer walls are slanted inward). The bench has become the despignated storage area for stuff from all the other rooms… stationary supplies form my office/computer area, tools, clothes, books, old computer monitors, junk, sewing supplies and torn clothing, etc. it’s overflowing.
so, i drew up a set of plans for a set of shelves to sit upon the parsons bench. it will be 72” wide and 52” tall. I decided to use b/c sanded 3/4” plywood… i used some on mt radial arm saw project (more on that later), and was very pleased with the quality. besides, i’m tired of working with pine shelving—it’s always so curved that i can’t make a decent joint.
now, maneuvering and cutting 4×8’ sheets of 3/4 plywood ain’t easy under the best of circumstances, but in my shop, it’s practically impossible. i refer you to a picture from the RAS project:
But, in only a mon th, I’ve managed to cut the sides and shelves. I had to use my worm drive circular saw with a home made straight-edge to cut the 72” top and permanent shelf… and enough shelving-width stock for verticals and adjustable shelves. Boy, once those panels are cut down, they’re so much easier to work with!!!
Here arfe the four big pieces (top, permanent shelf and sides) drying after an initial overall sanding with 180 grit and a random orbit sander. after the sanding, i wet down all the surfaces with water and let them dry. this playwood, after all in pine faced, and i am dreading using any kind of stain on it, so by raising the grain and resanding with 280 grit, i’m hoping for a non-blotchy finish, no matter what i use. after the fine sanding, i will wipe down the pieces with diluted shellac, and sand again (by hand with 280) before staining. i’m told this will minimize the blotchy look of stained pine.
I can’t wait to get this project finished and OUT of my shop. It takes up so much room! I’m not sure how I’m gonna shellac, stain and seal all of this surface area… may one or two parts at a time. here’s a shot of another pile of parts… somewhere in there are two half-shelves, and two vertical dividers (refer to diagram).
that’s all for tonight, folks. next entry, i’ll have some room to breathe in there.
-- Far-North Wood-Works (a fantasy company)