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Blog entry by kaerlighedsbamsen posted 09-17-2013 06:59 PM 1678 reads 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

(This is my first attempt on a blog entry. English is my 2. language so bear over with me on spelling errors, funny language and all that.)

This is a blog describing how i made this projeckt

For a long time i´ve had this idea of making a rack for my cook books in the kitchen. They are just collecting dust on the shelf and not really getting the attension they deserve.

Now i do see a lot of people using “plate racks” (dont know the word in english and google translate suggest “number plate”...) The idea is good but they often look like they are right out of a womens magazines furniture pages and way too antiqe dollhouse-style for me.

So out comes the sketch book and a little brainstorm. Size, material etc. Search the web for inspiration…

I wanted:
  1. A modern, squarish style that does not take attension away from the books.
  2. The color to be black or very dark grey stained so a ligt feel was essential.
  3. It is to be hanging in a narrow rom so i did not want the edges to be solid and the rack to take too much volume. A minimal construction book rack if you will.
  4. Cook books are often brightly colored and i wanted a feel that “enclosed” all the colors and gave the room a tidy look.

The selection of woods for sale is not great here and, unless from expensive special suppliers, are usualy limited to the usual building timber of pine and fir. But they do have terrasse boards from siberian larch that works nice and are slow grown. Ended up digging throught the pile and found some boards without too much twist.

A test layout on the floor. What favorite books to select? Sorry for the crappy iPhone image!

A test of the buttom corner joinery. Think this box-joint type looks good.

First parts cut and another test. Had to fiddle a lot with the spacing of the racks and shelves to get it right. The Cooking for Geeks is highly recomneded reading btw. Did not take any pictures of the rough cutting. Sorry.

Built this jig and then its just cutting A LOT of figers. Found this techniqe here:
Steve Ramsey is a realy wacky character but you got to love his enthusiasm!
This is probably old news for you guys. Now in Europe table saws are usually of the sliding-table-variety and any joinery is done on a spindle shaper so this was new to me. Love how simple it is.

Cutting the tennons. I get a bit of tearout on the fingers and perhaps it is time i invested in a better saw blade. Or perhaps sharpened this one.

I wanted to make the mortises 6 mm wide but did not have any bits that size. Also spiral hss bits are insultingly expensive here. So i just freehanded a 6mm drilll bit on the grinder. Works great!

Routing away. Bits this small tend to make a lot of vibration vhen routing. Much better to plunge cut a line of holes and just rout away the remnants.

And now gluing it all together. Did it in 2 steps in order for the fingerjoints not to thighten up on me

Coffe brake while 1. glue up dries

Cleaning the outside edges before 2. glue up. The japanese plane is great for this (and ahhh those shavnings..) It was a bit fiddly to get it to work perfect. This blog post was really usefull:

Went for dowels for the “shelves”. Could not figure out a better way to put it together here. Perhaps you guys have some better and more elegant solution?

Quite dificult to get hold on a thing like this. Ended up using the workbench like this with a block of wood wedged undeneath

Well the dowels turned out ok looking anyway. Amazing what a plane and a little sanding can do..

So far so god

Then it is just storing the tools and clean all the shavings.

Get ready for #2 where i´ll attempt to stain and finish it for a modern look that goes well with the books.

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#1 posted 09-17-2013 07:35 PM

Very cool design and build… Enjoyed the building progress pics… Thanks for sharing and welcome to LJs…

-- Dan

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#2 posted 09-18-2013 01:23 AM

Interesting project and interesting approach. The differences in your part of the world and ours is also interesting. While there were a few words and/or phrases that were a little out of whack, it was very easy to follow what you were saying. Thanks for submitting this.

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#3 posted 09-18-2013 10:49 AM

Your first blog was well done!
The pictures turned out good for a phone pic.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#4 posted 09-18-2013 12:09 PM

Sanding2day: Thank you for the warm welcome
Kajuncraft: Differences is what you learn from. More to come!
Lumberjustjohn: Thanks. Tried all the old tricks in PS but there really is no real mens of saving photos that are crappy from the start. Will have the DSLR ready next time!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#5 posted 09-18-2013 04:58 PM

Great project and a nicely done blog. Welcome to LJ.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 09-18-2013 05:13 PM

Great project and a nicely done blog. Welcome to LJ Love bear.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 09-19-2013 08:06 AM

Thanks Mike! Did not really expect anyone here to translate my name..
Kommer selv fra Norge og har fået den mest fantastiske modtagelse her

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#8 posted 10-28-2013 09:27 PM

Nothing like the smell of fresh shavings.
Really nice work.
So you made the fingers just the thickness of a blade?
Looks like a wonderful break. ;-)
Best thoughts my friend,

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

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#9 posted 10-28-2013 10:01 PM

Thanks Mads!
Yes- it is just fingers the same with that the blade. Once you get the jig set up just rught is is quite quick work

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#10 posted 01-08-2014 12:07 AM

Nicely done!
What a great idea, I am adding it to my list.


-- Thanks! Dave ...

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