Practicing my dado's with a shelf design that was in my head

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Project by tinman_362 posted 08-14-2011 05:52 AM 1619 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had this shelf design in my head (that I more than likely saw on LJ’s). I was looking for something to practice my dado’s and my wife wanted a shelf to put dvd’s and such on. PROJECT TIME!! This was a lot of fun. I battled with rounding over the curved pieces, but was persuaded otherwise. I like the end result.

I don’t have a dado blade, so I just used my regular tablesaw blade. It was probably a bit more time consuming but it slowed me down enough to not make as many mistakes (or design changes). I covered the bottom, unused dado space with dark walnut (someone elses idea). The top, bottom & shelves are hickory and the sides are cherry. All the wood is either from a dumpster or from my LJ neighbor (amoon).

I used a natural stain by “Cabot. Tomorrow I will put a semi-gloss spur urethane. I was pretty stoked about my shelf, so I posted it prior to full completion…. Still working on my patience.

Any feedback is appreciated.

Thank you

-- Robert: Life is all about the stories ~

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#1 posted 08-14-2011 06:01 AM

Looks awesome and I stand by the suggestion to not roundover the curved pieces.

-- "The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed." ~Chinese Proverb~

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#2 posted 08-14-2011 06:16 AM

Nice piece, I agree no roundover

-- polecat, south alabama

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#3 posted 08-14-2011 06:58 AM

without a beginning there can be no end. …….woodworking, I prefer to see it as a journey, rather then a destination.

great start

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#4 posted 08-14-2011 02:28 PM

That looks great, I really like the sides. Nice.

-- Change begins somewhere may as well be with me.

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#5 posted 08-14-2011 09:46 PM

Amoon: good decision, thanks.

James: thank you. By the way, I’m still waiting for that coffee invite :)

All: thank you for the comments

-- Robert: Life is all about the stories ~

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#6 posted 08-14-2011 10:46 PM

Those are some nice dado’s good work

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