Torque WorkCentre #5: Birds Beak Shelving

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Blog entry by dustbunny posted 10-21-2010 07:54 PM 20223 reads 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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About two weeks ago Hopdevil posted a question to the forum about shelving he had seen in the Martha Stewart Magazine. It is called birds beak shelving.
Well thank you Hopdevil, a gun went off in my head. This would be the perfect project for the Torque WorkCentre.
So off I went to my shop with video camera in hand and shot this remedial video showing how easy this project was to make. It was more difficult to get the camera and my mouth working at the same time so I think it shows how I really can’t do two things at the same time. Hopefully this will get better as I go along.

Here is the final project. It just needs some outside sanding and a couple coats of something to be all complete.
I cut the shelves to size on the table saw with the blade set to 14 degrees. EASY !!
The shelves slide in and out to adjust the height.
The overall size is 18” H x 11 1/2” W x 12” D.

I plan to use it for sandpaper storage : )

Thanks for looking,


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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Kent Shepherd

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

Awesome Lisa. That is a creative way to use your new Torque. Aren’t you loving it?
Unfortunately, I’m the only other one in the US that knows how much fun your having.

Thanks for sharing


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#2 posted 10-21-2010 10:18 PM

Finally I got to see the baby running, it seems wonderful to work with.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#3 posted 10-21-2010 10:54 PM

Wow! That is one nice machine. Looks really easy to run.
I am also impressed with your filming technique!!! Never saw your face once!!!
See you soon.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#4 posted 10-21-2010 11:04 PM

good video Lisa even better music in the background tho lol

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#5 posted 10-21-2010 11:05 PM

Pretty cool machine and nice design! I’m feeling a bit of envy! Nice filming too.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#6 posted 10-21-2010 11:25 PM

Cool tool for sure.

I still think if you turn that over it will still work and the left over ridges wont collect the dust.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#7 posted 10-22-2010 01:07 AM

That is just like the original… I went and had a look at Martha’s piece…
Like I said earlier… nice job … and you will improve… it does get easier…
Oh and Kent the ball is back in your court… what will be the feature of your next vid…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#8 posted 10-22-2010 03:12 AM

Neat design.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#9 posted 10-22-2010 04:47 AM

Great background music, STP. lol

-- “Don’t tell me what can’t be done, tell me what you want done then shut up and get out of my way and let me do it!”

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#10 posted 10-22-2010 04:49 AM

Wow awesome!
Nicely done Lisa!
That is quite a machine you have there. I had not seen one before. It is a great modern solution to the problem.
Can I borrow it for a few years? ;-)

Thanks for sharing.


-- Buzz ---- Of all the things I have ever lost, I miss my mind the most.

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#11 posted 10-22-2010 02:46 PM

Now that is very cool Lisa. You taught me something new today. Very Cool!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#12 posted 10-22-2010 10:45 PM

Thanks all for the positive feedback.
I purposely did not photo shoot myself, because i don’t like my picture taken. Maybe I will overcome this.
The video is not about me anyway, it’s about the Torque. That’s my excuse….LOL
Thanks again for your support : )


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#13 posted 10-22-2010 11:17 PM

Great Job Lisa and cool video. Ok I want one just a couple problems,no floor space No money. OH well maybe after I win the lottery. :))

-- wood crafting & classes

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#14 posted 10-24-2010 08:35 PM

What a great shelving design and great machine to create them! Of course the operator makes it all happen; nice work Lisa!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#15 posted 12-11-2010 06:39 PM

Nice job, Lisa. I was waiting to see you in the video with a big smile on your face as the TWC made another sweet project. That is a nice way to set it up with the dovetail cutter.
Thanks for showin the video. I was wanting to see one in action ather than just sawing! That is a nice piece of equipment and it looks to very versatile for making tricky cuts.

Thanks for sharing…..Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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