Love Shelf

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Project by Brewjar posted 02-16-2014 03:22 AM 2520 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first posting, and my first project not using pallet wood. I just started wood working after receiving some entry level wood working tools this last Christmas including a Craftman’s Router, a Skil circular saw and a few other items. It’s been great learning how to use these tools (well, starting to learn).

Last week my wife decided we could make each other Valentine’s Day Gifts and she chose a “love” shelf that she found on the internet. For my gift, she could make her way to HF to buy some more cheap clamps for this project.

The wood is pine and i used early American finish.

Very new to box joints and I made a simple jig found here but smaller. Many test cuts and remaking the jig, I finally had a jig that would make the box cuts with just a tad bit of resistance when joining.

The biggest headache was the “V”. 45 degrees was too shallow so I went for 30. I don’t have a miter saw so I used a Ryobi TS with the miter set at 30 degrees with the blade all up, and then turned around since it would only cut half (actually less then half, so I used a hand say to finish). clamped that piece to another slab and carefully hand sawed the other miter.

I decided to use what I think is called a floating tenon of sorts. I used a half inch router bit and router like I was doing a box joint, but lined up the boards evenly, instead of 1/2 inch offset. I cut some 1/2 inch pieces of scrap and glued them in.

It is far from perfect, but learned a whole bunch. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 02-16-2014 08:27 AM

Always gratifying making things for our loved ones. Welcome to LJ’s! Great first post, I’m sure she loves it.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#2 posted 02-16-2014 01:31 PM

What an original idea, cool design. I like the idea of using pallet wood…great first post. Welcome.

-- Dan Wilson - Red Wing, MN

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#3 posted 02-16-2014 02:14 PM

What a great idea, it turned out wonderful, great work, Welcome to LJ’s

-- steve, simple and effective

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#4 posted 02-17-2014 04:11 AM

This turned out well, especially if you had limited tools!

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#5 posted 02-21-2014 02:51 PM

Cool and well made shelves! Like the pine and those joints are really good. I’m sure your wife likes it. Great job!

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