Quarter Round Display Shelf #3: Sockets and Pins Oh My!

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Blog entry by sIKE posted 05-17-2009 03:40 AM 9665 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, finally got some shop time in. I cut the sockets with my father’s help a couple of weeks ago, and that went well other than one mishap due to a knot. I got out this afternoon and cleaned up the shop and then got to work on the setup for cutting the pins. That took a while but after dozen or so ;) test runs I had my wife come out and take a look to see if I was being a bit too AR. Of course I was and she said that everything looked fine. So, isn’t this the way it always goes, 10 minutes later all of the pins were cut.

As you can see everything is still over size but it went together just as I planned (well mostly, the humidity has caused one of the boards to develop a slight cup).

The shelf is quite large, I am right at 5’10”

Tomorrow I will cut the sides to size, put a rabbet onto one side, finish rounding the shelves, start the sanding process and then it’s onto finishing. Still working on a solution for the sap wood. Recommendations are welcome.

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

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#1 posted 05-17-2009 03:45 AM

Hey sIKE
Looks great I always love to see the smile on the face of a woodworker who has done a great job with there project.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 05-17-2009 03:50 AM

This the first fine furniture project that I have designed myself and was not sure that the sliding dovetails were going to work. Sketchup is great and helps visualize everything even the joinery but until it goes together in the real world your never sure…

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

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#3 posted 05-17-2009 04:12 AM

Looks like your getting there, look forward to seeing it finished. Thanks for sharing

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#4 posted 05-17-2009 04:22 AM

sIKE, I recommend not doing anything different to the sap wood. Claim it to be a design element and finish it the same as the rest of that beautiful work you have already done.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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Scott Bryan

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#5 posted 05-17-2009 04:28 AM

sIKE, this looks really good. If you want another vote for leaving the sapwood as is I will cast mine as well. This is a matter of personal preference, of course but I enjoy the contrast that the sapwood gives in a piece of cherry furniture.

I am looking forward to seeing the next installment.

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

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#6 posted 05-17-2009 06:49 AM

Sap wood is good.
Contrast and character..designed into the project from the start!

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#7 posted 05-17-2009 07:56 AM

Sap wood is a design element use it and dont worry


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#8 posted 05-17-2009 11:37 AM

The project is looking good. I agree with the others about the sap wood, let it show.

-- If at first you don't succeed...Don't try skydiving

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#9 posted 05-17-2009 04:24 PM

sIKE wonderfull job I tend to look for boards with sap wood it makes the project look less massproduced or more a hand crafted item

-- gagewestern

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 05-17-2009 04:25 PM

Looking good sIKE;

I’m with the others on the sap wood for this project.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 05-17-2009 06:47 PM

Thanks for all of the tips! I guess I will go with sap wood. I am going to shellac, BLO, and a couple of coats of wax.

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

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