SHELVES, DAMN SHELVES! #1: It's alive, I tell you, it's ALIVE!

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Blog entry by Rich99 posted 03-16-2010 06:13 PM 1271 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After almost three weeks, i got all the permanent pieces of this monster shelf system (MSS) glued up. Here it is in my shop:

I should have named this entry “It’s Too Late Now”, because i screwed up this project (not with screws but by a measurings mistake) and only discovered it after after the first four parts (top, sides and permanent shelf) were already glued and dried. When I added the middle uprights and side shelves i discovered that i only added one tenon for the permanent shelf, instead of two, so have a 1/4” out of square misteak.

Some place along the line durong the dry trial assembly, i must have said “good enough for government work” and continued on my merry way. but if you think i’m gonna try to knock this beast down and recut a 72” shlef, relegating my mistake to making smaller projects, you’re out of your cotton-picking mind! So this MSS is under tension created by a 1/4” over 54” forcing of the plywood to conform with the cleats that i had planned for—actually, they are inset (providing a flush beack) and capture each horizontal member in a 3/4” groove, as you can see.

So this thing is super-rock solid, and i’m gonna f’geddabawdit.

more to follow…

-- Far-North Wood-Works (a fantasy company)

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#1 posted 03-16-2010 08:49 PM

Who doesn’t make mistakes? All that matters is that it is good enough for your satisfaction.

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#2 posted 03-16-2010 11:19 PM

I made the exact same “feature adjustment” several years ago! Put most of the bow in the top panel and used a wider trim piece. No one ever knew…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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