Agnes' Shelve - Commander's Order

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Project by BertFlores58 posted 10-05-2010 04:27 AM 2009 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

All works put to a halt when my commander gives an order. All I can do is to obey, otherwise I will grounded. This happened the last 3 weeks when I was ordered by my lovely wife Agnes to make a giant shelve so strong that it must withstand the weight of grade school textbook … lots of them. She is not after how beautiful it will be neither any wood will do … of course money counts…. the only words I hear is better use what are available in the my stocks. A nice challenge .. using recycled pieces.

NO PLANS AND DIMENSIONS. I started by ripping some 2×6 x 4 recycling old jambs and some cut-offs from my office (I just ask these at no cost). I made the post 2×2 then the transverse frames completing the required skeleton of 6 shelve level … All joints were mortise and tenon. The slats to make the top of the shelve were also slats from palettes. I was able to produce slats to cover the 4 shelve then use 3/4 plywood on the topmost part and the second to the top. Complete it with the top cornish moulding and side slats of 1/4×2. Even without glue on the mortise and tenon joints, the shelve turnout to be so strong. A 7 foot 3 inches x 14×40 inches rise like a giant shelve. It can accomodate 300 textbooks.

Actually, I dont have plan to post this project, I did not make pictures during the construction. But this was the event that occupied my time and halted all other projects. Agnes was so happy about it when it was installed in place. Needs 3 person to put it inside the room. Took me 6 days to finish and using only portables.. circular saw, routers for the motises and jointers and most of the time handplaning.

-- Bert

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#1 posted 10-05-2010 04:45 AM

Very nice Bert..this is one of the “must have” projects that i’ve been wanted to build for my daugther. It looks very strong indeed, very functional inside a students’ room. With or without your permission i will steal the plan from the pictures here.

Thanks for sharing.

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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#2 posted 10-05-2010 05:00 AM

Another one a little smaller is under construction with same mortise and tenon … nearly same construction. Here is the picture of the skeleton or frameworks….

Hope you can copy… I have no plans either… This second one is 50 joints all in mortise and tenon.. very strong… By the way the background is my topsy-turvy garage converted to a workshop.


-- Bert

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#3 posted 10-05-2010 05:08 AM

That’s some pretty doggone good work for circular saw and hand tools using recycled lumber!

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#4 posted 10-05-2010 11:26 AM

Nice Work, Bert, a very handsome piece!! And the Commander is happy!! What could be better?!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#5 posted 10-05-2010 11:41 AM

This looks like a project that is well done and will be well used and that you can be proud of!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#6 posted 10-05-2010 11:49 AM

Good job Bert.
It looks very good and very sturdy.

-- Bert

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#7 posted 10-05-2010 02:04 PM

Bert, you just keep getting better and better!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#8 posted 10-05-2010 05:44 PM

I think when you add inspiration to it, it is really worth a job. Thanks to everyone. On Saturday, I would finish the next one… mortices were done already so it would be easy…

-- Bert

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#9 posted 10-05-2010 06:29 PM

Ah Ha! I see momma’s inspiration has brought out your perspiration. Way to go Bert. I am just learning to make mortise and tenon joinery. Knowing how bad I am and how good you are is awe inspiring. Maybe I need a good set of chisels. Naw, it isn’t the tool that makes the man; it is the man that makes the tool do wonderful things.Tell Agnes to keep cracking the whip. lol Your Buddy, Rand

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#10 posted 10-05-2010 11:31 PM

Hi Rand,
Hope your hunting for the shop’s location can be settled and get a real nice fruitful and lasting future. Thanks for the usual support and inspiring words. Honestly, no one can really moved people but through their own heart. Prayers and Blessings.

-- Bert

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