Quarter Round Display Shelf #1: Design and getting started

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Blog entry by sIKE posted 02-23-2009 05:13 PM 10350 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I got my first commission to design and build a simple display shelf out of Cherry several months back. I told the customer it was going to take a bit as I have a real job that frequently takes me out of town. Of course right after we shook on the deal, Hurricane Ike hit and the company I work for experienced a spike in business, I hi the road for next couple of months leading up to December. I didn’t have the time to finish before Christmas and IO am now finally able to free up the time to start working on this in earnest.

The design is for the shelf to go into the corner of the living room and is just gonna hold pictures, oh yeah and is six foot tall. With allot of help from DaveR here is a pic of the design.

I had bought the cherry several months back on sale, and it has been “seasoning” ever since. I made GaryK’s jointing jig for the long wide boards and jointed and planed the rest. The cherry was a thin 5/4 common (got it dirt cheap though) and there were a couple of boards that ended up thinner than the 3/4 required. \

Here is the milled stack whew what a lot of work. I am gonna have to go get a couple of more boards to have enough to finish up this project though :(

Next up is the rounding jig and glue up of the pannels. Hope this won’t telescope out much longer though….

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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Will Mego

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#1 posted 02-23-2009 06:11 PM

Looks like you’re going to have to be careful with the finish to get the cherry to come out even, cherry being famous for it’s ability to not match itself, as well as blotch.

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." -

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#2 posted 02-23-2009 07:48 PM

sIKE this is looking pretty good and you must have a patient client to wait this long. This is going to be a nice project.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 02-23-2009 11:39 PM

looks liek a great chance to use all those shopupgrades you’ve blogged. looks like you are off to a good start. i wish I had advice for your first commision, but you are pretty good at this stuff and don’t think I can do more than to follow along and cheer you on.

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#4 posted 02-23-2009 11:49 PM

Well I need to get out there and make the rounding sled for the router, and I also need to figure out how to put the sliding dovetails into case and then make the matching tails. This should be a fun but challenging project for me. I am looking at it as a moderate difficutly for my skill set.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#5 posted 02-24-2009 06:52 AM

Is it done yet ? LOL…We’re all with you and know you can “git ‘er done”

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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