|Project by Dave Pearce||posted 02-18-2010 05:29 PM||1985 views||1 time favorited||3 comments|
This shelf came about because we needed something that allowed us to put the VCR and DVD player underneath the flat panel tv we had on our dresser. The DVD player and the VCR were both different in height and the base of the tv was a little too wide (not to mention, heavy) to try and balance on one or the other. The DVD player and VCR fit neatly inside while the tv sits on top.
The shelf is made from rough sawn cherry, and everything from the initial flattening, jointing, cutting, and joinery was done using hand tools only. I decided I wanted to complete something without resorting to power tools for once. Initially, I wanted to dovetail the ends, but I was short on wood, and instead opted to rabbet the joints together. The center divider is set into a dado which I made using a crosscut saw and my router plane.
The top, sides, and bottom were all created from smaller lumber, edge-jointed to provide the width necessary. I used my combination plane to make all the rabbet joints. All the surfaces were planed and scraped with a cabinet scraper and finally a handheld scraper to smooth off the surfaces. No sandpaper was used. The finish is boiled linseed oil (about 4 coats), with about three applications of furniture wax as the topcoat.
The cherry had some really nice figure in it, but was especially tourblesome to plane with my smoother, so the cabinet scraper and hand scraper worked wonders on finalizing the finish.