Side book shelf

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Project by dataman posted 2766 days ago 1470 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This book shelf was designed and built for a neighbor. It had to fit into a corner next to their buffet and under a window. I copied the scroll design from the buffet to tie them together. The wanted curved legs so I laid them out on paper first and then a cardboard template and finally an MDF template. After gluing up of the legs I used a band saw to rough cut them out and a router to do the final shaping using the MDF pattern.
The entire project is made of Alder. This was my first attempt to make something without all straight lines. The most difficult part of the project was mounting the lower shelf.

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#1 posted 2766 days ago

That is a great looking bookshelf. I love the lines of the front legs.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#2 posted 2766 days ago

this is wonderful—and you kept it to the neighbour’s request and matched their furniture…
it’s excellent

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 2766 days ago

Dataman, I like this one very much. The finish is beautiful as is the whole project. Can you elaborate on your finish?

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#4 posted 2766 days ago

I used Minwax stain to match their buffet as close as I could and topped it off with two coats of Varathain and a final coat of wax. Almost forgot (how could I) about the sanding between each coat etc.

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#5 posted 2561 days ago

you do nice work … bet this was fun to make !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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