DVD Shelf

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Project by bevis posted 08-18-2010 06:42 AM 1554 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first real wood working project (since I was a kid and then it was heavily supervised in my stepdad’s shop, which had every imaginable tool (at least to a teenager it did.)) For this shelf, I had quite a limited set of tools (a handsaw, a block plane, a random orbit sander, a drill, my ignorance, lots of enthusiasm.) I’ve seen a lot of “this is my first project” that look really nice, but I’m pretty proud of making a mess of this one. Its a lot of fun to take a break from programming/work/grad school to create something real.

As it turns out, I couldn’t cut a single right angle, and I had some pretty “unique” ideas about dowel joinery. Instead of redoing or fixing what I goofed up, I just sorta kept going, but the shelf looks OK enough (and downright beautiful next to some particle board furniture in the same room.) One can see a quarter inch gap in the joinery in one of the pictures, and that was about par for the course on this project.

The material was pine (the cheapest “white board” from a certain store with an orange sign.) and I finished with a couple coats of “Mahogany Red” Danish oil (the rest of my living room is red, so this is less gaudy then one might expect.)

With this project, my biggest learning experience was that quality work takes time. And if you are going to spend a couple weeks of evenings working on something, its OK to spend more than $20 on materials.

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#1 posted 08-18-2010 10:20 AM

Great first project! Welcome to the Website!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 08-18-2010 11:03 AM

I think that turned out very well. Welcome to Lumberjocks – it’s a great place for woodworkers. You’ll like it here.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 08-19-2010 03:22 PM

That’s a great start! The dark stain looks good on it. How did you join the shelves?

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#4 posted 08-23-2010 05:16 PM

To join the shelves, I basically took a hand drill and punched a hole in either side of the joint and shoved a dowel in with some glue (after trimming the dowel to a close enough length because I wasn’t drilling any of the holes equally.) If things didn’t fit closely enough, I put the drill back in the hole and widened it until things looked sorta ok. Most of the shelves aren’t actually glued to the frame, but resting on dowels.

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