Solid Maple Bath Shelf

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Project by Waldschrat posted 01-08-2009 11:20 PM 1411 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recent shelf for the bath Solid American Sugar Maple dovetail… well the pic says more than I can describe it

I did it in a couple of hours which is impressing because maple is difficult to cut dovtails into. Not to mention when you oil a piece of furniture such as this one if there are any microscopic mistakes, you can see all of them. My old master always said you can measure the skill of the cabinetmaker by his cut in maple dovetails.

This shelf turned out very nice, for just a couple hours work

-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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#1 posted 01-08-2009 11:43 PM

It looks good to me. The dovetails came out nice. Great job.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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#2 posted 01-09-2009 10:29 AM

Made in Germany, so looks good for me

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#3 posted 01-09-2009 05:40 PM

Thanks It is simple but the wood pulls it off! I love maple!

-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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#4 posted 01-09-2009 06:50 PM

Very sharp dovetails. May I ask how you joined the shelves?

-- Jason

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#5 posted 01-10-2009 01:06 AM

nice tight tails, clean design, I like it.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#6 posted 01-10-2009 05:13 PM

Thanks for the positiv comments! Thats really cool!

The shelves are joined at the front with biscuits! I, Know, I know… Its not probably 100% textbook for the sake of solid wood, but in my defense, the shelves are only 120 mm or so and yeah… only the part with the biscuit is glued, so the back part of the shelves can move with moisture!

Thanks again for compliments on the dovetail joining

-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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#7 posted 01-16-2009 11:02 PM

Hell it would have took me 2 hours to cut one side of the dovetails !! Really nice job.

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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#8 posted 02-15-2010 08:12 PM

Beautiful work. The jointery is excellent! I hope I can do work that good someday!

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#9 posted 08-27-2010 11:52 AM

I think your work is excellent – I love simple pieces like this that are done with fine craftsmanship.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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