In Part 1 from last night I introduced my son’ Eagle Scout project and got about half way through the building process. After cutting the shelves and backing to length, we started on the edge banding for the shelf fronts. I bought an “aspen” board from the borg and ripped it down a test piece to just over 3/8” strip. I thought the light colored aspen would contrast well with the oak plywood. I was wrong. Here is a pic of the test piece attached to the oak veneered plywood.
Even after much frustration trying to dye the aspen, I could not get satified. The small darker stick is a piece of alder.
I settled on a leftover board of alder. It was just the right size and the color was a good match. I ripped it into 13 strips with one to spare.
Then my son cut the biscuit slots in the edge banding. I bet you thought I was having all the fun.
I put one long biscuit slot in each shelf front using a router table setup. And then we flipped to see who would drill the pocketholes in the shelves and backing. Guess who won…
Yea, he’s pretty proud…he was inspired right after his scout meeting to get er done.
I really like the ability to place the board in a vertical position to drill the pocketholes.
By this time we were under the gun to get finished. Fewer pictures were taken and while I would love to, I don’t thing it would be proper to show the boys assemblying the bookracks without their parents permission. So after a week of finishing the individual pieces with Watco Golden Oak and letting them cure, the boys assembled the parts into the bookracks. The boys then waxed the bookracks with Briwax golden oak. The assembly and waxing were completed on a 4 hour Saturday monring. Here is the result.
There are a couple of hidden 1×4 supports rabbeted and pocket screwed to the back of the bookrack assembly, and a base I painted black with rattle can paint. It was a rain day so we cleared the kitchen table out of the way and assembled and waxed inside.
CONGRATULATIONS TO MY SON AND HIS TROUP FOR DOING AN OUTSTANDING JOB AND MAKING A POSITIVE CONTRIBUTION TO SOCIETY.
-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.