Bookshelf/Workspace #2: Second Day Build.

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Blog entry by WhiskeyWaters posted 01-18-2008 03:25 AM 814 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m beat ladies and gentleman. Whupped. Snowed today (gives away my region of the US). After going sledding and doing doughnuts in the municipal police parking lot during lunch, I got back to work and taught/learned some woodworking.

All the supports are finished, and the dadoes and lap joints are cut out. For the lap joints, (and dadoes) I set the depth on the circ saw and made a number of cuts through the waste wood. Then I took a chisel with some of the children and malleted (with mallets they made! check the pics) away the waste. It worked to a fashion, but mostly it let the kids get comfertable with wood chisels and give me impetus to actually learn how to put a better edge on them. Good times all around.

Then, we brought out the block plane and smoothed out the joints, screwed and glued the top frame together, and called it a day. Seriously, some notes: 1) the kids got a real kick outta the plane, and so did I. Really, the first time I used one for a project and it did a great and quick job of it. It surprised me, I thought they like the power (insert Tim Allen sound here) but alas, hand tools took the day. 2) I NEED MORE PLANES.

So onto the rest. A trip to Home Depot (oh, man! Not again!), a day of dry fitting, maybe some pics midway through next week.

-- make it safe & keep the rubber side down.

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#1 posted 01-18-2008 05:21 PM

you do have a lot of fun with those kids!
that’s interesting about the plane vs power.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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