This is a shelf I finished last month for my sister. The size accommodates a corner beside the patio door. I left the back and sides open for showing off her fancy scrapbooks. I screwed it to the wall through the top rail. It is all 3/4” solid mahogany from the home center. The shelves sit on adjustable pins. A 1” piece wraps three sides to give heft and cover the endgrain. I used glue at the front with splines at the rear for seasonal movement. The rail...
one of our fellow jocks asked me to help him thru the process of makeing a shelf similar to one i had posted , i ageed and he called me . well over the phone wasnt going that well so i told him id try to do a blog . this will be the first time so ill give it my best shot ! the one im going to do has the sides flared back to the wall at 30 degrees instead of returned back on a 45. like a mantle top would be if you prefer its the same process just cut 45 s instead of the 30s first ill m...
Here is another project of mine. It is a kitchen corner shelf I made out of ponderosa pine for my wife. A pretty simple project, but it turned out pretty well. The sweeping curves on the front were just freehanded on a pattern piece then sanded smooth. The center hole on the face was cut with a large forstner bit. I completed this, if I remember right, in 2003 over a two day period on a weekend. The only thing I think I would have done differently is in the finish. I used a gel stain. If...
I have a client that lives close to me, and we have had a lot of fun designing and building things for their home. They sort of “pushed” me into quitting my day job by offering a long term commission to transform their home with functional-art pieces one at a time, according to an overall game plan. They had a general idea of what they wanted, but needed someone to turn the dream into wood. They were willing to adapt their ideas to mine, and vice versa, and I have really appr...
My wife wants to move her sewing table into our bedroom so that has brought about a few changes. To get the table in the TV has to go someplace but it can’t leave the room. This is one of those spur of the moment deals where I took a few measurements and headed to the shop. Looking around I decided to use 1×4’s that once served as bed slats and a piece of 7/16 OSB that was left over from building my benches. The shelf is now hanging from the ceiling joists with a fir...
I just completed the cherry display shelves being built for some close friends in Central Oregon. This shelf will be used to display works of art in thier gallery. The display shelf is built from steamed cherry and cherry plywood with pocket screw construction. Dimensions are 18 inches square and 5 feet tall. The finish is 4 coats of hand rubbed tung oil and 2 coats of wax. Ready for finish Hole drilling jig for glass shelf supports Drilling shelf support holes Drill, insty drill ...
I thought I would share the progess of a couple of cherry display shelves being built for some close friends in Central Oregon. This will be used to display works of art in thier gallery. I am using steamed cherry and pocket screw construction. This a follow up from a previous post on using the Kreg Pocket Hole Jig system. I am taking a break from work and the shop spending Mothers Day weekend in Sisters, Oregon. Final sanding and finish await me at home. Cherry top with first coat of tung...
As part of the revamp of the closet in our loft that collapsed a few moths ago, I built this jig to ensure all the holes for the shelf pins would line up and I (hopefully) won’t have any wobbly shelves. It was inspired by a jig sold by one of the well-known woodworking retailers. I couldn’t see buying one when I had all the necessary stuff sitting around (short of a special bit). In hind sight, the time spent might justify the cost. What can I say? I like building jigs. All the...
Today I tried making pegs for the false shallow holes. I had alot of trouble doing it the way the plan instructed. I would get chip out when carving the facets on the plugs. I’m using Walnut, maybe Ebony wouldn’t do this because it’s more dense. So I setup my disk sander miter to 30 degrees, & sanded my 3/8” stock to a point. Then I cut to the hole depth, & tapped them in with hammer with a dab of glue. Here’s a short video of how I used my disk san...
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