Shelf unit

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Project by PatRI posted 07-15-2012 03:57 PM 1105 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first project using hardwood and hand cut joinery rather than screws and nails. The lumber is red oak from HD that I hand planed flat. The top is dovetailed then planed to a 45 degree angle. The shelf is mortise and tenoned. I finished it with danish oil the photos were taken after the application of the second coat. Don’t know if I will add another coat. Is it necessary?
I am pretty happy with the final results but I go back and forth about how I feel about the 45 degree angle at the top. I would like to hear what other people think of it. Thanks.

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#1 posted 07-15-2012 04:46 PM

Good morning, Pat,
I will render a vote in favor of the 45’d dove tails at the top corners. The give the shelf a nice flow. The mortised shelf looks good, too, but why do I still see pencil lines after finish has been applied? You have done an excellent job on the project, otherwise.

-- jbschutz

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#2 posted 07-16-2012 12:55 AM

I like the 45º on the edges too… but same comment about pencil lines.
The 45º cut opens up the cuts to be appreciated and adds a bit of punch to a straight-forward design.
It somehow enhances the beefiness!

-- Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best. --Theodore I. Rubin

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#3 posted 07-16-2012 01:27 PM

Thank you JB and Karen for your comments. I’m glad to hear that you both like the top. Also thanks for the feedback on the pencil lines. They are actually knife marks from when I was laying out the joints. I have seen other people leave the knife lines in but in the rush to finish I over looked some of the details like the fact that I planed off some of the lines. This gives it a sloppy look. I think I am going to either go back over the lines with the knife to make them continuous and less sloppy or I’ll plane them out and refinish.

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