White Oak Library Stand #1: Leaving On A Jet Plane(r) - Prepping Lumber

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Blog entry by David Craig posted 09-20-2010 07:48 PM 2635 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Finally, enough chaos seems to have subsided and I can spend some time on some projects.

Woodsmith magazine had plans for a library stand made out of White Oak. I have a family bible boxed away that this would make a good display for, as well as allowing me to get rid of a stand or two that I am not overly fond of. A few months ago, a few of the Michigan LJs went to a mill in Michigan and I picked up close to 20 board feet of quartersawn white oak for the project.

Rough Sawn White Oak

I got a pretty good deal on it. There were water stains on the exterior which the sawyer said would come off. He priced it out at about 3 bucks a board foot due to the stains.

Water Spots White Oak

I have a Jet Combo bench Jointer that I use for the planing and jointing. Not my favorite tool in the shop, but works decently when everything is aligned right. I have an 8 inch limitation on what I can plane and face joint so I had to cut a few boards to rough dimensions before planing them. Took a good portion of the evening, but now I have a nice stack of workable boards.

Planed boards uniform thickness

Tonight I will be working on the legs and working the boards to final dimensions. This will be a pretty involved project. I am so happy that I finally am working on this.

Happy woodworking all,


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#1 posted 09-20-2010 07:55 PM

looks like a good start David, I like where this is going.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 09-20-2010 08:09 PM

Nice bit of oak that, David. Good deal. I look forward to part two.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#3 posted 09-20-2010 08:34 PM

now that was a little teaser and few words , you know better than that…

naa kidden you , its look like a good start
looking forward to the next instalment

take care

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#4 posted 09-20-2010 09:13 PM

I’m crossing my fingers for you David, that nothing else gets in your way while you go at this. Keep this blog going!!!!!!!


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#5 posted 09-20-2010 09:41 PM

You is off to a good start, David.

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#6 posted 09-20-2010 10:18 PM

niice head line too, like that melodi too….lol

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Jim Bertelson

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#7 posted 09-21-2010 02:52 AM

.............where’s the plans?!!..........where’s the plans?!!.................

You gonna use the plans as written?............or are you gonna do some SU mods?

What’s the finish, traditional A&E? Doin’ the traditional fume it and choke, or short cut using some modern dyes and stains.

being a fellow geek, you know I…..........need input…...........(-:

In Seattle, ultrasound conference (work of course), ends tomorrow, Wednesday we are off to Maui…......

.........I am sure you can tell, almost on vacation…......right now sitting in a Sheraton in down town Seattle. As downtowns go, this is one of my favorites, however. Enjoying the restaurants, the weather is better than Anchorage, but nothin’ like Maui…..............

.......come on…........quit tantalizing us…......where’s the data?


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#8 posted 09-21-2010 05:16 AM

Can’t wait to see the progress

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#9 posted 09-21-2010 05:22 AM

Jim, you just need to learn to stay upwind of the ammonia, that’s all. I learned that the hard way when doing some patination on a copper project I was working on a few years ago. I got lucky yet again, I can still see. I was doing it outdoors.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#10 posted 09-21-2010 10:45 PM

The oak looks really good and it looks like it’s coming out pretty good.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#11 posted 09-22-2010 09:47 PM

Good looking boards David. Looks like a lot of work so far.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 09-24-2010 03:40 PM

Thanks for the comments all. I will keep this one going as I want to see more completed projects coming out of the shop :) I am on call this week and the pager has been more active than usual. Getting close to the fiscal year end so all the IT shops are busy completing projects. This one will probably be a slow but gradual project. I will be sticking pretty closely to the plans provided in the Woodsmith mag. Not sure about the finish yet.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#13 posted 09-24-2010 05:50 PM

Hope work doesn’t do you in, I went through my call marathon this summer, and I am glad it is over.


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#14 posted 11-01-2010 05:26 AM

I know that I’m waaaaaay behind on my email (I had 452 this morning) and most of the comments I post are going to seem late or out of order.
I’m looking forward to seeing how the stand turns out. I hope that things are still going well for ya.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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