So a week or so ago I built a crown molding shelf for my soon to be born daughters room. Well I only built one and after looking at it on the wall I decided that it looked a little lonely there hanging all by itself so I did what any self respecting woodworker would do …......... I gave myself another reason to build something.
I went to the store and bought the materials I would need and a little extra, you know just in case. Well my wife was with me so I couldn’t buy a much extra as I wanted to but managed to slip a little extra in anyways. This proves to not be enough.
My wife was working tonight which gave me the perfect opportunity to go out into the shop and work on this project. Well for the most part everything went pretty smoothly. I mean heck this isn’t really a difficult project. I start by building the base which went together pretty nicely. I am hanging this on the wall with a French cleat so I start measuring to cut the part of the cleat that is attached to the shelf. As I look around I look at the wood that I have left after cutting the top to size and decide on a piece that is just the right length to cut down and turn into my fancy little cleat. This process goes quite well and I’m felling pretty proud of my self.
Well now its time to put the router to wood and shape the edges of the top.
Wait, where is the piece that I cut for the top and sat right there…............. DAMN IT!!!!!!!!! That’s right I used that perfectly sized piece to cut my fancy little French cleats.
Now remember when I said that the little extra wood wasn’t enough? This is why. The cut offs I had left were all to short to fit as my top by about an inch.
Oh well. I guess I am done for the night. Gotta look at the bright side I guess. Gives me another reason to go buy just a little “extra” wood.