Brand new to the wonderful world of wood working (well almost), and thirsting for knowledge, I turned to my old, not so faithful friend, the World Wide Web. I went looking for how to videos (for free of course) and stumbled upon The Wood Whisperer. After watching every episode (most of which where way beyond my level but still easy to understand) I heard mention many times of LumberJocks.com, so I decided to check it out. After spending a down day in Sao Paulo, Brazil (on business mind you not pleasure) reading the forums, watching the videos, etc I decided to no longer be a shadow like I had done with previous forums but instead become a member. Then I noticed that I could write a blog as a member (very well put together site I might add) so I decided I would spend this time that I should be using to catch up on paper work to instead write about my current dreams as a wood worker. So without further delay here we go.
(I know I said without further delay but) Just one side point- I like to use these ( ) allot in typing as an aside in the middle of sentences, hope it doesn’t bother anyone (or my perfect spelling and superb use of the English language) Feel free to comment about anything I say and remember I have no stinking clue what I am talking about and please tell me so (if you have a viable solution instead of just “your wrong”)
My first real project-
I convinced my loving wife to let me have the router (PC 694vk) and router table (woodpecker 24”x 36”) (because what good is one without the other (or so I told her)) with the promise that I would build my almost 5-year-old son a bookcase for his room. (She really wants a set of 2 matching book cases for our living room but I think she is trying my skill (I have none per say) in a little less visible part of the house)) He is rapidly outgrowing his old storage system for books as he is learning to read and needs a “big boy book shelf” (and my wife wants his current one to put in the babies room before the baby to be is put in there in June) So a couple of months ago I made a basic design in Sketchup (and had it approved by the boss). I did the research on sag using a neat online calculator I found in a magazine that I can’t seem to remember where I found it now (in the mag or on the web). I am planning to do it in 3/4 clear pine (from the big box store (yea I know)) with an amber lacquer finish, so it will match the other furniture in his room. It seems a bit hefty of a project for me but like TWW and numerous others have said you really learn when you challenge yourself. I plan to make all the joints hidden for a nice clean look and if I can figure out how I will add Sketchup pics. My plan was to joint two 1×8s for the carcass (using my homemade router table jointer fence which works surprisingly well) with a spline of 1/4” ply as a glue joint. Then rip these to 12”. I would use stopped lap joints for the carcass. Then using dadoes for two of the shelves and sliding dovetails for the top middle and bottom I would use 1×12s for the shelves stopping the dadoes and dovetails 3/8 from the front edge. I would then use a sheet of 1/8 paneling (with rabbits in the carcass) for the back. My reasoning for the dovetails is glue up. Since my biggest clamp is 24” (I have one) and the rest are 18” (I have 4) I thought I might have a little trouble with clamping at glue up. The idea was that three nice tight sliding dove tail shelves should hold the project together nicely for final assembly. Now my concern is fitting six 11.5-inch long sliding dovetails (read as “it’s a good thing I am using pine and pine is fairly cheap”). I hope to add pics from Sketchup of the design so you can have at it. Any input would be appreciated (but before we get to that, yes I know it’s pine, and yes I know I need more clamps and “the proper tools for the job” but the wife wants pine and the budget (dictated by the wife) doesn’t want more clamps). I was thinking of doing tapered dovetails but have no idea how to accomplish them. I guess more research is in order. Thanks for reading, and maybe I will do a series on the wayward ways of the beginning wood worker trying to make a simple bookshelf. Sorry for the long post and hopefully I can add pics since the really do say a thousand words.
Jimmy (the wayward wood worker)
-- Jimmy, Oklahoma "It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing milkbone underwear!"