|Project by Brewjar||posted 02-16-2014 03:22 AM||2549 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
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 http://lumberjocks.com/projects/64225 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.