Recipe Shelf Christmas Gifts

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Project by Jim Crockett (USN Retired) posted 03-30-2008 04:04 AM 1543 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made four of these as gifts this past Christmas – 2 blue, 1green, 1 cranberry (at least I didn’t have to paint them all the same color!).

This is the first one I made, my trial – for my wife. I used pine for this one and the drawers are joined with rabbet joints. I made the other three of baltic birch which I don’t know if I would do again – having to purchase it via mail order and the number of sheets required because they can’t/won’t ship a whole sheet really ran the price up. Plus I found that the BB edges had a tendency to splinter when sanding – I have more than one BB splinter still in my fingers. I think if I were going to do all of these again, I would use poplar for the exterior and 1/2” BB for the drawers.

They made our daughters happy, so that was the important thing and two of three knew what it was supposed to be!

Found this plan on the Canadian Home Workshop website:

Sorry the pics didn’t come out better – will try to take some better ones later and replace these.


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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 03-30-2008 04:50 AM

Hi Jim,

These pictures are just fine. These are nice projects and if the “customers” are excited about them what more needs to be said.

Nice post.

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#2 posted 03-30-2008 07:17 AM

That is great. I like the knobs!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 03-30-2008 11:12 AM

You don’t have to apologize for the pictures, they are fine. So is the project. You did good work.

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