|Project by Mark D.||posted 02-04-2008 06:06 PM||1299 views||0 times favorited||13 comments|
Hi All, My girlfriends dad gave me one of those little combo sets of powertools from Craftsman for Christmas. As this is my first set of tools(that doesn’t include screw drivers, wire strippers, and RJ45 crimpers) I knew it was time to start building something. My girlfriend and I had been looking for a shelf to hold some knick knacks for quite some time, but it seemed everything we found looked too mass produced or was way out of the realm of what I would spend on a horizontal board stuck to the wall… That’s when it hit me…. why not just build it?!
So, I went up to the big box and started looking at their lumber section and decided on a nice stick of poplar I saw… It had a great grain pattern and it was straight as an arrow, and, the price was low enough for me to feel comfortable cutting it in bits with the possibility of needing to double the cost to finish the shelf :-)
The whole shelf is constructed of 1×8 poplar, with a 3/4 square lip around the top edge, no fancy joinery was used, just some countersunk brass screws. The design for the bottom was free-handed on a scrap of carboard from a package of one of my son’s toys(drew half the design and flipped it in the middle.) The finish is Minwax – “Golden Oak” applied in two coats followed by three coats of hand rubbed paste wax. This baby’s smooooooth…
So what did I learn from this project? Handheld powertools ultimately made this project more difficult. With the time it took to get everything set-up, aligned, get the makeshift fence in place, etc I probably could have crosscut the boards, used a coping saw to cut the details, aligned, drilled, and assembled the shelf… But, lesson learned.
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