Late federal period shelf for daughter

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Project by fumehappy posted 04-08-2013 02:46 AM 1004 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch


I wanted to share this project i finished recently. Having located some measured drawings of a circa 1830-1840 shelf in a book, I decided to make a copy for my daughter. I ended up making it about half an inch wider to accommodate some of her dolls. The drawings did not specify a dado on the sides, but I decided it was a good exercise since I haven’t cut very many. The final product is about 40 inches long, and secured with key-hole hangers on the back of the brackets. I was very happy I found an excuse to use one of my Great Grandfather’s beading planes for the first time. Sharp out of the cardboard box it had sat in for 50 years… All work was with hand tools, except for the side rough ins on the bandsaw. Used titebond III and period square nails to secure the sides, and finish was blonde shellac. An old pair of scissors made a great stand in for a french curve.
The fifth picture shows starting material, a pine cut off, and a spare piece of spruce my sawmill guy had gifted me.

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#1 posted 04-08-2013 10:36 AM

Looks very nice. Grand old design.

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#2 posted 04-10-2013 06:09 PM

It looks good and it will work. Daughter will appreciate it. Great job!


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