|Project by Chuck||posted 11-10-2011 04:49 PM||4352 views||5 times favorited||5 comments|
I completed a set of two “Weekend Wall Shelves” based on Marc’s podcast – one for each of my boys. The original plan was to make them both entirely out of birch. I had enough birch for the shelves (and then some) plus one piece of 8/4 just long and wide enough to make the two backs.
The project took a couple of weekends (but I was also working on other things… I think if I did it again, I could complete them in one weekend if I focused on them). I had a problem routing the dadoes on the second set of shelves (I wasn’t careful enough) and destroyed the router bit and took chunks out of the back. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough birch to make another back.
I talked to my youngest son, and we chose a piece of sapele to make the back to his shelves out of. I think the contrasting wood looks pretty good, but so does the first one as well. The second picture was taken with my iPhone, so excuse the crappy quality (yes, I have an old iPhone still – I’m sure the newer ones will take better pictures)
- Take the time to make the proper dado jig. I based mine on the one that Marc built (after I destroyed the second back).
- This was my first time spraying the finish on – I think it was great. I used a water-based pre-cat varnish and it worked great. I could do two or three coats in a single evening. I think I had the spray gun was set to spary too thick – on the next project I will try a lighter coat.
- The sapele is a lot softer than the birch. So be careful when setting the shelves down on the floor to look at – if the dog knocks it over, it the radiator will leave a dent in the sapele.
-- Chuck, Preston CT, http://www.curtishome.net/