After Thanksgivings #s two and three, after two days of painting our bedroom and cleaning up the mess that created, it was finally time to turn my attention to the keyholder. My dad was nice enough to give me his inherited router, which was the piece of equipment that lit a fire under my hobby-searching self. For some reason, the idea of rounding edges or being able to cut canals out of wood made the whole thing a lot more appealing.
Here’s my makeshift workshop:
That’s our deck. The router is in the foreground, my mitre saw is in the back.
The wood I used was just a small piece that I’m pretty sure is used for model building and the like. I forgot the type of wood, which is perhaps something I should try to remember next time if I’m going to be talking about wood so much. At the same time, I’ve been known to say that model train enthusiasts are the number one reason I am not a model train enthusiast. So maybe I should enjoy what I enjoy about woodworking and not get into the details that matter more to others than myself, like types of wood.
Also, I just remembered another failed hobby for my previous post: model trains.
The problem with the piece of wood I bought is that I didn’t measure the space for the key holder before I left, so it was FAR too short for the space. So I decided to just make two pieces and glue them together. Here is my first corner:
You’ll notice it differs from my design sketch. That’s because the rounded corners are far too much to take on for my first project. As it was already, I used about 3 feet of pine (see, I knew that one) figuring out the basic technique of wood routing. I’m fine with admitting that I was quite excited just to make this corner look as good as it did.
Perhaps inspired by my early success, I decided that gluing my two pieces together would work much better if I created a notch out of each so that the wood glue would have two planes in which to connect the two pieces. Here’s the notch of the first piece:
The bump in the road is router lesson learned #1: when moving the wood across the router, be sure to shift control to your left hand guide so that you don’t jam the wood into the router bit. Here are the two pieces together:
And here they are glued:
The reason I designed this piece to have squares on which the key hooks will go is because the wood I bought is too thin to be able to hold the screw that holds the hook (anyone else getting the sense that maybe I should have gotten a different piece of wood?). I also thought it would look a little more interesting and give us some more paint options. Here is manifestation of the design (minus the hooks):
We’re going to play around with it a bit more before we decide where the squares go.
While I was at it and had the equipment out, I also made a meditation bench that I had been wanting for a while:
All in all, a successful day. My router is my new best buddy.