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Blog entry by irishhandyman posted 05-04-2008 05:05 AM 528 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well the day started with a request from my much better half for a book shelf for our bedroom. She said there was no hurry and just something to put the National Geographics in. Or as my son used to call them National Pornographics.

I was thinking about what wood I had laying around and it come to mind I had some 8’’ and wider hickory and some White Oak. I set down and after about 15 mins. I had a plan of attack. Just a 5’ tall, 22’’ wide and 8’’ deep. No back, just a 5 shelf unit. The lumber was already planed to 13/16’’ and straight egded on one edge. All clear and pretty straight grain. I go to the basement which is my lumber storage for now, I pulled some Oak out and checked to see if it was still straight and true, to my surprise it was.

I pulled out 3 pieces of lumber and took it to my Huge 9X12 storage shed/work shop. After unlocking the shop I looked over to the pick up and noticed it was time to go to the dump. Thinking back she did say she wassnt in a hurry for that book shelf so I came back in, got the keys and off I went.

I bet the guys at the dump got a real kick out of watching this 5’3’’ 135 lb guy push a 30 year old tube type organ off the side of a pick up truck. Up and over it went and as soon as it hig the ground there was this explosion of wood, tubes, wires and things I have no ideas what they were.

Now back to the project at hand. After cutting the end pieces to approx length came the tricky part, Dados.
Since Makita no longer makes the dado blade that fits my new saw I cant cut a dado wider than 1/4’’. The plan I had made called for 3/4’’.

Well after doing one side and having to create a jig to do the bottom shelf dado and only having 24’’ of extension on the right of my blade I am wore out. I will take some pictures tomorrow. I think I can get the Micro lens to work good. May need it for the shop photos. Other than the fact it takes 3 passes to do one dado I am pleased so far. Now to bed I go to dream of building a set of kitchen cabinets in my new 24X24
wood shop with new tools.

-- God bless the men and women who protect our counrty.



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Karson

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#1 posted 05-04-2008 05:39 AM

Since we can’t see you work. We could at least have seen a picture of the organ going off the back of your truck.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#2 posted 05-04-2008 12:36 PM

Picture? No, a video! An “explosion of wood, tubes, wires and things” sounds cooool! :)

Looks like you had a great day, and like she said, there was no hurry…

btw – My wife learned long ago never to say that. :)

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit http://www.woodworkersguide.com and sign up for my project updates!

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irishhandyman

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#3 posted 05-04-2008 01:21 PM

Looking back now I wish I would have had someone at the dump take some pics. Since I was by myself I dont think I could have held the camera and pushed the organ over the side of the truck at the same time. LOL.
I have to admit she is a VERY patient woman, she has to be to put up with me for so many years. On the other hand the cats are not. As I type this the cats are begging and crying for them to be fed. I dont have pets, I have feeder pigs/cats. Ok enough about that.

Its chilly this morning and I am not sure I can move quick enough to generate enough heat to be able to work properly. On the other hand I could use being cold for any mistakes I make on the book shelf. Hmmm need another cup of joe and come to a decision soon. Oh well. I doubt I get much done today. Having an early lunch at the better halfs Moms house, she is fixing a turkey, noodles, mashed potatos, green beans, and corn on the cob. Yeah I see a nap in my future for the afternoon. I was just told I could take a nap while she and the kids go fishing. Yep she aint in no hurry for that bookshelf, I can tell.

-- God bless the men and women who protect our counrty.

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irishhandyman

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#4 posted 05-04-2008 01:26 PM

Just to see if I can really upload a picture here.  A little Sunday morning humor.

-- God bless the men and women who protect our counrty.

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irishhandyman

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#5 posted 05-04-2008 02:30 PM

Well if I ever figure out how to put pics on here I will. I signed up for flickr and have a photo uploaded. I copied what I thought was the URL and thought the pic would be on here. Help.

-- God bless the men and women who protect our counrty.

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irishhandyman

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#6 posted 05-04-2008 03:08 PM

Ok here goes again. I went and read in the forum how to do this. Now I signed up for photobucket and have uploaded an image. If this works like I think it should I will get the digi camera and get some more pics.
Holding breath…..

Well according to the preview this worked. YEAH!

-- God bless the men and women who protect our counrty.

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#7 posted 05-04-2008 03:49 PM

-- God bless the men and women who protect our counrty.

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irishhandyman

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#8 posted 05-04-2008 03:51 PM

Ok heres the shop, er, shed. If the pics are to large let me know and I will shrink them in the future.

-- God bless the men and women who protect our counrty.

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irishhandyman

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#9 posted 05-04-2008 03:56 PM

3/4’’ Dados 1/4’’ at a time. Before I do any more dado projects I will order the spacers for my saw.

-- God bless the men and women who protect our counrty.

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irishhandyman

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#10 posted 05-04-2008 11:22 PM

Sunday afternoon worked out pretty well after a cold start to the morning. All pieces are cut, and dry fit. Other than a few minor tweaks to the saw and maybe the addition of a table sled to do PERFECT cuts I am somewhat happy. I figure the glue and clamps will come out tomorrow afternoon.
Got skunked fishing, the boy got a bluegill. Nothing worth keeping mind you but he beat out the ole man.
Well I see extra chores for him this week. LOL Hope everyone here had a good weekend.

-- God bless the men and women who protect our counrty.

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irishhandyman

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#11 posted 05-08-2008 06:47 PM

Well its all done. Not happy with the fit, but it will hold up a tank. I had no white glue so I resorted to Gorilla glue. The thing that I hate was the fact had I been able to use my dado blade correctly I think my fit (not the one I had while dry fitting it all together) would have been better. There were a couple of gaps that really honked me off. None the less the wood had been cut and I had no plans to waist more good Oak due to my inability to make correct dado cuts. Like it was posted earlier, trying to do 3/4’’ dado’s 1/4’’ at a time is a mistake waiting to happen.
To the finish….Since I wassnt particulary proud of this piece I skimped on the finish. I found a can of Johnsons Paste Wax in the cabinet. Two rub downs later with a sponge and letting it soak in the sun between coats it turned out fine.
It will hold the cherrished National Geo’s like intened and that was all she wanted in the first place.
I guess I became to emotional over 9 pieces of Oak. Hey, at least none of it went to the wood stove. ;)
I am still holding off on pictures. I may wait till my confidence level is up and the water level on the ground goes down. I’d feel so stupid drowing trying to make it to the shop to make something else.

-- God bless the men and women who protect our counrty.

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irishhandyman

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#12 posted 05-15-2008 10:05 PM


The finished product. Nothing fancy. It does what its supposed to.

Ok that project is out of the way. Much learned. Time to move on.
I hope others can learn from my mistakes. I have.

-- God bless the men and women who protect our counrty.

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