As those who have dealt with it know, keeping all four sets of shelf pin holes at the same height as their counterparts is critical, and can be difficult, without a jig. You can buy some nice jigs downtown. Alternatively, you can make your own using aluminum, acrylic, wood or even temper board or peg board. The thickness of the jig will determine the results you get using self-centering bits. For example, a piece of 1/8” thick aluminum will allow the bit to go 1/8” deeper th...
I was in need of a little shelf to hold an alarm clock in my guest room. I decided to make one out of an old book. The difference between this and other floating books that are out there is that this one has a hidden compartment built inside! I’ve included the build video if you’re interested in making one yourself. View on YouTube
[Below] The brackets are held on by glue alone. This is still working fine for the shelf I made for my daughter last year. Here you can see my fancy tape clamps holding things together. [Below] A few coats of spray lacquer and I call the shelf done. The installed shelf can be seen on the [project page].
[Below] I stuck the two brackets together with double sided tape and sanded the rough band sawed edge. [Below] Then I set my router to add some decoration to the outside edges. In this photo I’m setting the guide bearing of a Roman ogee bit to the halfway point of the thickness of the wood. [Below] Only the top portion of the bit is used, giving the edge a concave groove. [Below] The brackets get this treatment on both sides. It not only fancies it up, but also make...
[Legebla ankaŭ en Esperanto] My daughter asked for another shelf in her room. Here’s how I made it. [Below] I had an old pine board which had previously been employed in a bookshelf at our church. I planed it both sides to remove the dark stain and correct a slight cupping. (I wish I had photographed that as a tip. Basically you support the concavity with a strip of wood, then plane it off.) I ripped the board down on the table saw and cut out the length of shelf I needed. You c...
Not a huge addition to the shop, but this helped out clean up a lot of clutter on my desk area. But little by little im getting closer to a nice organized shop. I just used whatever scrap I had laying around which help clear up a little clutter in another part of the shop! :) I really love this piece even though it was such a small addition!
So the good news is I got all the games, wine tilts and most of the turning done for the show that we had yesterday. I was also able to complete the 9th piece in my Dimensional Office Furniture set and get it put into place. I did also post this as a project but let me just take a minute to expand upon the story a little more. the bookshelf matches the other two and was built specifically to hold the tool chest you see sitting on top of it. I have talked about my grandfather her...
Making a divider insert for my daughter’s bookshelf, I measured how big it needed to be and cut the pieces on the TS. I cut interlocking slots on the router table so they would fit together. After I put the pieces together I decided to check it and… DOH! it’s an inch too short in the length! No idea* how I managed that because I definitely measured the distance between the blade and the fence. Having just written that I think I know. I think the length was my first...
Well, I know I was considering creating a live edge on the old stair tread, but it didn’t work out. As I got to know the piece of wood, I came to realize it would just look like a badly curved edge, as if I couldn’t cut straight. So I ripped the board to width (5 in.) and sent it through my planer. I was left with a 3 foot long, 7/8 in. thick board with knots in it. So I centered the shelf (15 in) on the knots and used the rest for supports.The photo shows the pieces unsand...
A while ago I found an appropriately sized piece of wood along the road to replace a stair tread on our basement stairs (safety police need not apply). Before I had time to seriously consider if I should just chuck it, or re-use it my daughter spirited it up into her room. The tread has about 5 coats of paint on it and I was weighing if I wanted to strip it or chuck it. So she’s asked if I could make a little shelf for her room out of it. Of course I will. I think I̵...
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